ECTS proudly presents the eighth generation of ECTS Academy members: Christina Moeller Andreasen (DK), Alanna Green (GB), Franziska Knopf (GER), Anda Naciu (IT), Gaia Tabacco (IT), Michaela Tencerova (CZ), Antonio Maurizi (IT), Tim Rolvien (GER), and Felix Schmidt (GER). Four clinical candidates and five basic research candidates convinced the selection committee with their excellence in bone research and their engagement in the bone community. By entering the ECTS Academy, these up-and-coming scientists will be able to promote their networking and research activities within the dynamic group of investigators of the ECTS Academy in the musculoskeletal field. With the new members, the ECTS Academy will gain experts in the fields of osteooncology, endocrinology, cortical bone remodeling, bone matrix, energy metabolism, and zebrafish models.
A warm welcome to the new members – enjoy the ECTS Academy experience!
In order to support young investigators, each year the ECTS announces one basic/translational and one clinical fellowship. In 2022 the basic/translational fellowship was awarded to Dr. Federica Scotto di Carlo, and the clinical fellowship went to Dr. Syazrah Salam.
Federica Scotto di Carlo received her Bachelor’s degree (in Biology) and her Master’s degree (in Molecular and Cellular Biology) from the University of Naples “Federico II”. In 2018 she graduated as PhD with distinction in Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. Currently she is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Genetics and Biophysics (Naples, Italy). The main research focus of Federica are molecular mechanisms of osteosarcoma, the most frequent primary malignancy of bone, as well as Paget’s disease. Federica’s fellowship project will investigate the role of profilin 1, a molecule important for osteoblast differentiation, in the regulation of chromosome segregation in mesenchymal cells and if its downregulation results in the development of osteosarcoma. Understanding the precise role of profilin 1 may lead to novel treatment options for osteosarcoma.
Syazrah Salam graduated as MBChB with distinction at the University of Sheffield and received her PhD in 2020 from the University of Sheffield. She received clinical training as a nephrologist and currently is a Nephrology Registrar at the Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and honorary post-doctoral clinical research fellow. The focus of Syazrah’s research is renal osteodystrophy and bone histomorphometry. In her fellowship project, she will perform nanoindentation in bone samples with renal osteodystrophy. Nanoindentation is a sensitive technique to assess bone hardness and stiffness. The results of this project will correlate bone material properties with bone turnover and bone microstructure and thus lead to a better understanding of bone fragility in chronic renal failure.
Congratulations to both fellowship winners and all success for your projects! We are very much looking forward to learn about your findings in the upcoming ECTS congresses.