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15 Sep 2023 by connyschneider

Extracellular vesicles community meets in Graz for Small New World 2.0

The world of extracellular vesicles might be small, but it is built by a big community! Small New World 2.0 continues the success of its predecessor in Salzburg in 2022 and surpasses it in size, numbers and energy.

Organized by the Austrian Society for Extracellular Vesicles together with the EV societies from Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia, the venue attracted EV enthusiasts from all of Europe. The Finnish Society, a longstanding partner of ASEV, was present for a keynote lecture. Beate Rinner and her team at Medical University Graz did a fantastic job hosting and entertaining the speakers and participants.

More than 100 abstract submissions and 200 registered participations demonstrate the high relevance of the topic within the scientific community. Sessions covered current hot-topics such as the growing diversity of EV sources, the use of EVs as therapeutics in regenerative medicine and beyond and methodological advances in EV analysis. Moreover, rising projects from industry and development were presented. A networking session and the MOVE scholarship ensured that the EV research community remains a key aspect of the event.

As always at the heart of the EV community in Austria and beyond was Wolfgang Holnthoner, head of Vascular Biology Research at LBI Trauma and President of ASEV. Johannes Grillari, director of LBI Trauma, gave a talk about “The good in the bad and the good: from cellular senescence to recombinant therapeutic EVs for tissue engineering.”

But also our young scientists were an active part of the conference. Johannes Oesterreicher and Tatiana Tyshchuk shared their findings on lymphatic endothelial EVs and Mai Quyen Nguyen presented her work on ASC-derived EVs for peripheral nerve regeneration. Johannes Zipperle talked about extracellular vesicles in patients with Covid-19, comparing different severities of the disease. Alessia Brancolini from Evercyte, mentored by Johannes Grillari, demonstrated that the hTERT immortalization process does not affect the properties of EVs of immortalized MSCs. LBI Trauma Alumnus Silvio Kau was awarded with a Best Poster Award! We love to see our Alumni so successful and are happy to still be working in close cooperation with Silvio at Vetmeduni.

a. EV Enthusiasts from all over Europe met in Graz for Small New World 2.0