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23.4. 2021 A B.Sc. student Luka Irenej Pečan was awarded 3.th prize for his research work entitled Quantitative determination of biologically active compounds in industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa subsp. sativa L.) and its Microbiological Quality in 30.th International meeting "Step into the Future". The event was organized online by the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and the Russian Youth Engineering Society. The mentor of the work was a member of the Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics Marko Jeran while the co-mentors were a former member dr. Roman Štukelj and prof. Karmen Godič Torkar, all from the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

16.4. 2021 Symposium Socratic Lectures took place online. The symposium featured tree sections: Emergent problems in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Emergent problems in Physiotherapy and Free topics. The members of the organizing committee were prof. Veronika Kralj-Iglič, prof. Klemen Stražar, prof. Anže Kristan, prof. Renata Vauhnik, prof. Darja Rugelj and dr. Anita Prelovšek. Cultural program was be performed by Giovanni Masi and Anita Prelovšek.

28.2.2021 A call to submit to Special Issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences entiled "Membranous Nanostructures - Micro World Communication Infrastructure" was launched at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms/special_issues/Membranous_Nanostructures  Prof. Veronika Kralj-Iglič is the guest editor of this issue. We will be happy for the contributions.

18.2. 2021 Proceedings of the 4.th International Symposium Socratic Lectures was published online.
https://www.zf.uni-lj.si/images/stories/datoteke/Zalozba/Sokratska_2021.pdf

1.2. 2021 National Recognition Prometheus for Communication and Promotion of Science in Slovenia for our member Marko Jeran. Slovenian Science Foundation awarded our colleague Marko Jeran from Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics at Faculty of Heath Science and Laboratory of Physics at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, with the National recognition Prometheus for communication and promotion of science in Slovenia. The justification of this extraordinary reward reads: “The award is received for outstanding achievements in the from: communicating and promotion of the values of science to young people (pupils and students), bringing science closer to the general public, promoting science through events, popular science or professional publications and scientific excellence. He has mentored 76 research works/ projects for young people.”

26.1. 2021 A Research topic in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology - section Nanobiotechnology was launched. The special issue entitled Micro, Nano and Molecular Mechanisms of Cross-Domain Communication to Tackle Environmental Problems (with guest editors Veronika Kralj-Iglič, Gabriella Pocsfalvi and Albert Lebedev) is wellcoming submissions. Please see https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/19231/micro-nano-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-cross-domain-communication-to-tackle-environmental-problems?utm_source=F-RTM&utm_medium=TED1&utm_campaign=PRD_TED1_T1_RT-TITLE

11.12. 2020 Christmas Technical Meeting of the Ves4us project took place online. Members of the laboratory attended the meeting where recent results of the partners were discussed.

11.12.-13.12. 2020 Socratic Symposium and Socratic Lectures took place online. This year, the Symposium featured tree sections: Emergent environmental pollution problems, Biophysics of membranes and Cellular nanovesicles. The last section was organized by the members of the EU Commission – funded project Ves4us (Extracellular vesicles from a natural source for tailor-made nanomaterials) from Palermo and Naples, Italy and Ljubljana, Slovenia. Poster section to accompany lectures and symposium was organized at the homepage of the Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, www.lkbf.si. The contributors were from Russia, Italy, Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, Unites States of America, Serbia, and Slovenia. Socratic lectures featured excellence in science. The lectures were donated by prof. Leonid Margolis from NIH, Bethesda, USA, prof. Gabriella Pocsfalvi, National Council of Research, Napoli, Italy, dr. Vesna Spasovski, Institute of Molecular Biology, Belgrade, Serbia, prof. Duško Spasovski, Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinics Banjica, Belgrade, Serbia and prof. Bojana Beović, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia. There were about 60 attendants at the joining section on December 11 and about as many at the lectures on December 12 and 13.This year’s hot themes were COVID-19, viruses, extracellular vesicles and degenerative joint diseases.

We are especially grateful for the gifts of musicians Elena Startseva-Somun, Vittorio Sbordone, Anita Prelovšek and Emil Somun, who supported the scientific part with the cultural program on both days. Music attracted to the computer also the family members of the participants, including pets. The array with pictures of everyone who celebrated a moment of science and art, that appeared at the monitor was memorable. 

2.12. 2020 Member of the laboratory prof. Veronika Kralj-Iglič has become a member of the Slovene Society (Slovenska matica, http://www.slovenska-matica.si/). Slovene Society was founded in 1864 as an institution for the scholarly and cultural progress of Slovenes.

1.12. 2020 Associate member of the laboratory prof. Gabriella Pocsfalvi from National Research Council of Italy, Napoli, Italy, will start coordinating a project entitled greenEV: Development of a novel continuous Extracellular Vesicle production system. Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics is a partner in the project.

greenEV is a new European project granted by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 2019 Individual Fellowships call of Horizon2020 Programme that aims to develop a novel continuous production of extracellular vesicles (EVs) from a sustainable cellular agriculture system. EVs developed in greenEV will be exploited as nanovectors to deliver bioactives for recipient cells in nutraceutical and cosmeceutical formulations.

greenEV is a two-year project with a total budget of 183 473€ financed by the Research Executive Agency of the European Community. The scientific coordinator is Gabriella Pocsfalvi, Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, BBR-CNR and the experienced researcher is Maneea Mabrouk Abdelkhalk Moubarak from Damanhour University, Egypt. The beneficiary of the grant is the National Research Council of Italy.

In greenEV, the Extracellular Vesicles and Mass Spectrometry (Evs-MS) Group of IBBR-CNR led by Gabriella Pocsfalvi will team up with Prof. Pasquale Chiaiese (Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Federico II, Italy), Prof. Veronika Kralj-Iglic (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Prof. Jozsef Jeko (Agricultural and Molecular Research, University of Nyíregyháza, Hungary) to carry out a uniquely interdisciplinary research.

Functional foods boosted with bioactive nutrients to enhance health and mitigating disease conditions are experiencing a rapid progress. Encapsulation is becoming an important strategy to enhance the bioavailability of poorly absorbed compounds and developing healthy foods. In this context, novel nano-scale approaches to create alternative delivery options for nutraceuticals are emerging. GreenEV aims to develop a continuous culturing system for the manufacturing of non-mammalian nanovesicles, and exploit them for the encapsulation, release and bioavailability enhancement of selected nutraceuticals. Plants cells have been shown to physiologically release phospholipid membrane-surrounded vesicles into the apoplast and the environment. These vesicles are morphologically similar to mammalian EVs. The process that drive the vesicle formation and their release through the semi-rigid cell wall is not trivial, and will be studied in the project. None of the greenEV’s objectives has been addressed before and all have high potential to expand the knowledge in the field and to drive the research activity towards industrialized continuous production of EVs.

The research objectives are integrated with concerted training objectives in EV research, omics, outreach program, dissemination events and considerable transfer of knowledge in plant biology from the researcher to the IBBR host group. For more information: Gabriella Pocsfalvi, greenEV sci. responsible, E • gabriella.pocsfalvi@ibbr.cnr.it, T • +39 3355607140(Mobile)