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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.

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UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
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€ 501 120,00
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Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Belgium

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Région wallonne Prov. Liège Arr. Liège
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 501 120,00

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
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€ 516 122,64
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Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 516 122,64
UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Spain
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€ 743 618,88
Address
C/ Juan De Quesada 30
35001 Las Palmas De Gran Canaria

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Canarias Canarias Gran Canaria
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 743 618,88
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 476 712,72
Address
Campus De Penha
8005 139 Faro

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Continente Algarve Algarve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 476 712,72
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 501 120,00
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 501 120,00
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
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€ 249 216,48
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Münster Münster, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 249 216,48
INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 238 356,36
Address
Rua C Ao Aeroporto
1749 077 Lisboa

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Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
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Other
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€ 238 356,36
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
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€ 258 061,32
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona

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Centro (IT) Marche Ancona
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 258 061,32
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
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€ 262 875,60
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Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 262 875,60