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Aquaculture meets Biomedicine: Innovation in Skeletal Health research.

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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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Address

Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 501 120

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 516 122,64

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 743 618,88

UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 476 712,72

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 501 120

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 238 356,36

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 766347

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 August 2018

  • End date

    31 July 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 747 204

  • EU contribution

    € 3 747 204

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium