European Union funded “Monitoring innate immunity in arthritis and mucosal inflammation (MIAMI)” group came together for a consortium meeting in Dublin on the March 20th involved the MIAMI group members from various institutions in Europe including University of Muenster, Germany; Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, Netherlands; University of Ghent, Belgium; University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands; University College Dublin, Ireland; industrial partners Biogazelle in Ghent, Belgium and Buhlmann in Switzerland. The consortium-meeting program comprised of various talks and updates on the progress of the various work packages focusing on understanding the arthritis and mucosal inflammation at the mechanistic disease pathogenesis level as well as at the various ‘omics’ levels including transcriptomics, cytokinomics and proteomics. As part of the consortium meeting program, UCD provided training on the various aspects of proteomics techniques including the sample acquisition, the sample preparation, experimental strategies for LC-MS, and data integration and analysis.
It's hard to believe that Urooj has been with us for six months now and it is time for her to return to Pakistan. It has been a pleasure to host her in the group. As a visiting Marie-Curie Fellow she has been trained in a number of proteomics techniques and actively participated in group meetings and journal clubs. She has identified a number of 2-D gel spots (with assistance from Kieran Wynne) from her studies in Pakistan and has now seen label-free LC-MS proteomics at first hand. Her ability to efficiently MARS14 deplete serum samples will go unsurpassed for some time to come!
During her stay Urooj also experienced snow for the first time (a few weeks ago). The shared excitement was enormous!!
We will very much miss Urooj's positive approach to all things and her infectious smile.