Twenty researchers participate in Taliarte in a fish breeding course for bone studies

Twenty young skeletal biology researchers are meeting since last Monday at the Marine Science and Technology Park of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), in Taliarte, to follow a course on 'Breeding live fish for bone studies' organized by the Aquaculture Research Group of the University Institute of Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA).
 
Progress in many areas of biomedical research is based on the use of several fish species as models, due to the high similarity between their genome and that of the human being. The biological characteristics of these fish, which do not age, make them ideal models for studying diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer or heart disease, as well as in the field of regenerative medicine.
 
This week's workshop is part of the European Union project BiomedAqu (Meeting of Aquaculture and Biomedicine: Innovation in skeletal health research), with the collaboration of professors Santosh Lall from the National Research Council of Halifax, Canada; Clara Boglione, from the University of Rome; Giorgos Komoundouros, from the University of Crete; Stephan Schulte-Merker, from the University of Münster; Paulo Gavaia, from the University of Algarve; Marc Muller, from the University of Ghent; Laura Ribero, from the Instituto Portugués del Mar y de la Atmósfera; Ignacio Fernández, from the Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León; Javier Roo, from the Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información Gobierno de Canarias (ACIISI); and, finally, Juan Manuel Afonso, David Domínguez and Marisol Izquierdo, all three researchers from the Instituto ECOAQUA.
As a continuation of this workshop and within the same European project, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, representatives from nine European and one American universities will participate in a series of mini-conferences on skeletal biology, a series also organised by ECOAQUA.
 
During these two days, the scientific community will exchange information with industry partners and organisations with the aim of increasing knowledge about the mechanisms underlying skeletal anomalies in fish and humans.
 
The universities that will participate in this mini-congress in Taliarte are the University of Liège, the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the University of Algarve, the University of Münster (Westphalia), the University of Ghent, the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere, the Polytechnic University of Marche, the University of Paris VII Denis-Diderot, the Boston Children's Hospital attached to Harvard Medical School and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria itself.
 
In addition, companies related to the aquaculture industry and research centres such as Skretting Aquaculture Research Center, the Association of Italian Aquaculture Producers, Artialis, Sparos or Necton will also take part.