1st SPLC-CRS Young Scientist Meeting

The 1st SPLC-CRS Young Scientist Meeting, an initiative of the Spanish-Portuguese Local Chapter of the Controlled Release Society (SPLC-CRS), took place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on April 23-24, 2017. This was a joint meeting with the TRANS-INT training workshop, from the TRANS-INT EU consortium, led by Professor Maria José Alonso from the University of Santiago de Compostela.

The meeting had a strong support by the young members of SPLC-CRS. A total of 26 short communications have been delivered, with a total of 49 participants.

The best two oral communications have been selected by a committee formed by Professors Caitriona O’Driscoll (University College Cork, Ireland), Carmen Alvarez (University of Santiago de Compostela) and David Brayden (University College Dublin, Ireland). The selected communications were:

Safer and more predictable therapies in cell encapsulation, by Ainhoa Gonzalez-Pujana, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain. This work has also been submitted for presentation at the 2017 CRS Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Biodistribution of polymeric nanocapsules: engineering particles for lymph node targeting, by Ana Sara Cordeiro, Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

SPLC-CRS is glad to fund (with CRS support) the participation of Ainhoa Gonzalez-Pujana and Ana Sara Cordeiro at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Controlled Release Society, taking place in Boston on July 16-19.

The first day of the meeting included the participation of Professors Maria José Alonso and Justin Hanes from the CRS board, with the aim at disseminating CRS mission among students and foster their engagement with the society activities.

On April 24th, we had the opportunity to share the Training Workshop organized by the TRANS-INT EU consortium, in which two invited speakers participated: Professor Justin Hanes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and Professor Felipe Casanueva from the University Hospital Complex, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The meeting ended with the TransInt EU project award, won by Irene Santalices, graduate student from University of Santiago de Compostela.