2020 Winter School “Nanoparticles: from fundamentals to applications in life sciences”

02-07 February, 2020 – Kandersteg, Switzerland

The CCMX Winter School will once again take place in Kandersteg, Switzerland and aims to bring together a group of no more than 24 PhD students from various research institutions. This course is designed to cover a series of important scientific aspects regarding the development, characterisation and application of nanoparticles for medical applications and to provide an in-depth review of their corresponding fundamentals. It aims to offer a skill set relevant to the participants’ research projects and future careers.

Program:

Sunday SPEAKER
As of 17:00 Registration
19:00 Participant introductions and welcome drinks Carey Sargent (EPFL)
19:45 Dinner
Monday
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:45 Synthesis and characterisation of inorganic nanoparticles Paul Bowen (EPFL)
9:00-9:45 Synthesis and characterisation of inorganic nanoparticles Paul Bowen
9:45-10:15 Coffee break 
10:15-11:00 Synthesis and characterisation of organic nanoparticles I Ruth Schmid (Sintef)
11:15-12:00  Synthesis and characterisation of organic nanoparticles II Ruth Schmid
12:00 -13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:45 Nanomaterial biotransformation and protein corona Peter Wick (Empa)
14:00-14:45 Nanomaterial biotransformation and protein corona Peter Wick
14:45-19:30 Free time, preparation of student presentations
19:30 Dinner
Tuesday
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
08:00-08:45 The complexity of “simple” in vitro methods – how nanomaterials even top the challenge Cordula Hirsch (Empa)
9:00-9:45 Comparable in vitro nano-toxicological measurements – the fast lane to new discoveries Matthias Rösslein (Empa)
9:45-10:15 Coffee break 
10:15 -11:00 Issues around the immunocompatibility of nanomaterials Neill Liptrott (University of Liverpool)
11:15-12:00  Issues around the immunocompatibility of nanomaterials Neill Liptrott
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-17:00 Free time
17:15-18:00 Material / Synthesis Student presentations
18:15-19:00 Material / Synthesis Student presentations
19:15- 20:00 Material / Synthesis – Characterization / Analytic Student presentations
20:00 Dinner
Wednesday
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
08:00-08:45 In silico / PBPK Modelling Marco Siccardi (University of Liverpool)
9:00-9:45 In silico / PBPK Modelling Marco Siccardi
9:45-10:15 Coffee break 
10:15-11:00 The Nanomedicine Translation HUB and EUNCL: a unique one-stop-shop to boost the translation of medical innovations to the market Fanny Caputo (Sintef )
11:15-12:00  Measuring physico-chemical properties of nanoparticle enabled medicinal products: a step by step approach combining orthogonal measurements with increasing complexity
Fanny Caputo (Sintef )
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-17:00 Free time
17:15-18:00 Characterisation / Analytic Student presentations
18:15-19:00  Characterisation / Analytic – Biology/Safety Student presentations
19:15- 20:00 Biology /Safety Student presentations
20:00 Dinner
Thursday
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:45 General Regulatory Aspects for New (Nano)Materials Christoph Studer
9:00-9:45 Regulatory aspects for medical nanomaterials Gerrit Borchard (University of Geneva)
9:45-10:15 Coffee break 
10:15-11:00 In vivo / Experimental planning Adriele Prina-Mello (Trinity College Dublin)
11:15-12:00  Adriele Prina-Mello
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:45 Applications that made it to the market, challenges in clinical use of follow on products Beat Flühmann (Vifor Pharma)
13:45-17:00 Free time
17:00-17:15 Coffee break 
17:15-18:00 Biology /Safety –  Application Student presentations
18:15-19:00  Application Student presentations
19:15-20:00 Application Student presentations
20:00 Dinner
Friday
7:00-8:00 Breakfast/check out
08:00-8:45 New device for nanomaterial characterization in complex media Christoph Geers (Adolph-Merkle-Insititute/NanoLockin)
9:00-9.45 Mechanoresponsive drug delivery: Turning ideas into health Sofiya Matviykiv (Empa)
10:15-11:00 Complexity gets real: Nanomedicines that (surprisingly) made it Gerrit Borchard (University of Geneva)
11:15-12:00 Magnetic blood purification for pathogen and circulating tumor cell removal Inge Herrmann (ETHZ/Empa)
12:00-13:00 Departure/lunch for those who wish
   

Registration

You can register for the course through this link. Please contact Carey Sargent if you have any questions. Please note that the registration deadline is Monday, 6 January 2020.

Bio form to complete

Once you have completed and submitted the on-line registration form, please complete the biography template (2020 CCMX Winter School bio form) and send it to Carey Sargent. Your registration will not be complete until this form has been returned.

A full week of studies (and fun)

Organized over one week as 9 modules, the Winter School will consist of talks by participants and lecturers in the morning (4 periods), free afternoons for recreational winter sports and networking, and finally talks by participants and lecturers (1 to 3 periods) before dinner in the early evenings. Friday morning is reserved for presentations from industry speakers.

Location

Hotel Alfa Soleil, Dorfstrasse 99, 3718 Kandersteg (hotel website)

Practical Information

This course may be validated for 2 ECTS credits in the doctoral programmes of EPFL and ETH Zurich, after acceptance by the corresponding institution. Full attendance and involvement in the group assignment is mandatory for students seeking credit.

Participation Fees

  • 1,000 CHF for PhD students from EPFL, ETHZ, Empa, PSI and CSEM
  • 1,300 CHF for PhD students from other institutions and other academic researchers
  • 2,000 CHF for all other students

Accommodation and meals are included in the fees. VAT as well as a bank transfer fee of CHF12 may apply in some cases.