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Aquaculture meets Biomedicine: Innovation in Skeletal Health research.

Objective

Skeletal anomalies in farmed fish are a continuous problem for global aquaculture, affecting fish welfare, performance, and product quality. Aquaculture research has made considerable progress in reducing the incidence of deformities, but new species, intensified production, the damned for sterile fish, delicate early life stages and new fish feed ingredients are a continuous challenge. The use of zebrafish (Danio rerio) and medaka (Oryzias latipes) as models for research into human skeletal diseases such as osteoporosis, osteopetrosis and degenerative joint diseases is increasing, however their potential as models for farmed fish has not been sufficiently explored. These models offer the possibility to obtain deeper insights into the fundamental mechanisms that can cause skeletal malformations in humans and in farmed fish. A framework for communication and scientific exchange between the aquaculture and biomedical sectors would benefit all stakeholders and advance scientific understanding of the problem. We propose a joint inter-sectorial training network to increase the mobility and visibility of scientists between aquaculture research and the biomedical sector using small fish models. The proposed ESR programs will provide career development to young researchers in the field of skeletal biology through international and multidisciplinary training on innovative molecular, histological, biochemical and cell culture methodologies relevant to both sectors. The network combines stakeholders from 7 European Universities, a US research hospital, and one Biological Institute. Commercial interests are represented by two Economy departments, one aquaculture and a major fish feed production company. This structure allows the flow of information and people between the biomedical and aquaculture sectors, and between academic and applied sectors, thus addressing several objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and ensuring a direct route from knowledge to application.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 501 120

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TORVERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 516 122,64
Address
Via Orazio Raimondo 18
00173 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 743 618,88
Address
C/ Juan De Quesada 30
35001 Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 476 712,72
Address
Campus De Penha
8005 139 Faro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 501 120
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 238 356,36
Address
Rua C Ao Aeroporto
1749 077 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations