Brain Awareness Week 2021 – Brain in digital form

This year’s BAW Rijeka moved to online platforms due to unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. As in the previous year, our goal was to acquaint the public with the work of Department of Biotechnology’s neuroscientists through a series of lectures aimed at general public, with emphasis on younger audience. Benefits of such an arrangement is the ability to stream our lectures directly to the primary and middle schools, without any risk of health hazard.

More than 100 people joined in to listen to this year’s lecture schedule, which was held from 15. to 19. March.

Brain Awareness Week held at the FENS Virtual Forum

Due to the unfavorable climate regarding COVID-19 cases, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), together with the British Neuroscience Association have created the first ever FENS Virtual Forum, that took place instead of the 12th Forum of Neuroscience, and was open from 11 to 15 July 2020.

Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology participated with their poster, which was displayed in the virtual lobby, and awarded with a certificate.

The live version of the Brain Awareness Week will be held as soon as the circumstances allow major gatherings. Until that time, Department of biotechnology puts a paramount on safety and responsibility.

Brain Awareness Week in Department of biotechnology – POSTPONED for May 4th!

Department of biotechnology is proud to participate in this year’s Brain Awareness Week (BAW), an international movement sponsored by Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and DANA fundation.

This year’s BAW Rijeka will be held in Interpretacijski centar dr. Andrija Mohorovičić, also known as MOHO Center. Situated in Andrija Mohorovičić’s birthplace in Volosko near Rijeka, MOHO Center aims to bring both the scientific and cultural events to the broader audience.

The objective of this year’s BAW is to acquaint the public with the work of Department of Biotechnology’s neuroscientists through a series of events aimed at general public, with emphasis on younger audience:

Monday, 16. 3.

18:00-19:00 – „Od vinske mušice do ljudi“ („From fruit flies to humans“), interactive workshop, doc. dr. sc. Rozi Andretić Waldowski

19:00- 20:00 – „Da li i kako geni kontroliraju ponašanje“ (Do our genes control our behaviour), lecture, doc. dr. sc. Rozi Andretić Waldowski

Tuesday, 17. 3.

18:00-19:00 – „The love-hate relationship between the brain and the immune system“, interactive talk, doc. dr. sc. Ivana Munitić

Wensday, 18. 3.

18:00-20:00 – „What are mental illnesses, and where do they come from?“, interactive lecture, doc. dr. sc. Nick Bradshaw

Thursday, 19. 3. – children’s day

18:00-19:00 – „Što sve može moj mozak?“ („What exactly can our brains do?“), interactive play for children, doc. Dr. sc. Jelena Ban and mag. biotech. Zrinko Baričević

19:00-20:00 – „Mozgalice“ („Brainiacs“), interactive workshop for children by „Putujući znanstvenici“, Department of biotechnology’s student organization

Friday, 20. 3.

18:00-19:00 – „Neuroetika: od neuroznanosti do socijalne prakse“ („Neuroethics: from neuroscience to social practice“),  interactive talk, Associate professor Luca Malatesti (Department of philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka)

All lectures are designed as following: 30 min. lecture + 15 min. Q&A + 15 min. quiz with prizes.

Find out more at MOHO center and Department of biotechnology facebook page.

Graduation ceremony of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biotechnology

Department of Biotechnology’s Bachelor’s and Master’s graduation ceremony was held on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Congratulations to all our alumni, and in particular to our lab members:

Sanja Mikašinović, master in in Biotechnology in medicine, summa cum laude

Antonela Hršak, Bachelor of biotechnology and drug research

Matea Ivaničić, Bachelor of biotechnology and drug research, summa cum laude

Marta Pongrac, Bachelor of biotechnology and drug research, magna cum laude

Marta Pongrac, Matea Ivaničić, Antonela Hršak and Sanja Mikašinović together with doctoral students Ivana Tomljanović and Antonela Petrović, and with prof. Jelena Ban

Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology welcomes new m.sc. Sanja Mikašinović

A new Master of biotechnology in medicine emerged from the Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology on 23rd September 2019. Sanja defended her thesis titled “Expression of stem cell markers in primary cell cultures and fresh-fixed tissue preparations deriving from nervous tissue of postnatal opossums” in front of the committee comprised of Assist. prof. Rozi Andretić Waldowski (head), Assist. prof. Nicholas Bradshaw, Assist. prof. Jelena Ban (co-mentor) and prof. Miranda Mladinić Pejatović (mentor).

Sanja graduated with flying colors, to the delight of the whole Laboatory.

23rd Young Neuroscience Meeting summary

Young Neuroscientist Meeting 2019 was held in Trieste, organized by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). The Young Neuroscientist Meeting is an international event involving research groups from Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Serbia, whose main goal is to provide young researchers with the opportunity to present their work to the international commission and strengthen mutual cooperation between neighboring countries. The Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology participated with two speakers, Ph.D. student Zrinko Baričević (“Identification and Quantification of Neural Stem Cells with the Isotropic Fractional Method”) and master student Sanja Mikašinović (“Expression of CNS Markers in Primary Neuronal Cultures of Neonatal Opossums”), and with two members of the scientific commitee, prof. Jelena Ban and prof. Miranda Mladinić Pejatović. More about YNM can be found HERE.

NeuRi 2019 neuroregeneration poster

The 9th student neuroscience congres NeuRi took place in Rijeka, 24th – 26th April 2019. Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology’s own doctoral students Antonela Petrović and Ivana Tomljanović, together with master student Sanja Mikašinović presented a science poster labeled “Identification of key molecules involved in neuroprotection and neuroregeneration using in vitro preparations of opossum Monodelphis domestica central nervous system”. The poster was made with supervision from doc. dr. sc. Jelena Ban and prof. dr. sc. Miranda Mladinić Pejatović.

Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology opens its doors once again

The annual Open day festival at the Department of biotechnology is drawing near, and with it, the opportunity to explore laboratories of the Department. This year, our laboratory participates in the Open day festival with a play titled “What can our brain do”, intended for the youngest participants, tour of the laboratory itself, and a set of presentations on topics about microscopy, for the most curious ones.

For more information, visit Open day festival.

‘The Sun’ dazed Brain’Art Challenge 2018

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Jelena Ban and Antonela Petrović participated to the  Brain’Art Challenge. Their artwork “The sun” has been selected and will be displayed in Liège-Guillemins train station, Europa 50 area, from 1st October to 30 November 2018.
Brain’Art Challenge is part of the Belgian Brain Congress with the purpose to increase awareness about brain research and brain disorders and to fund medico-social projects for brain-related diseases.
More information can be found HERE.

11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience participation

Antonela Petrović and Jelena Ban participated at 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, 7-11 July 2018, Berlin, Germany exhibiting a scientific poster entitled “New in vitro preparations of opossum Monodelphis domestica to study neuronal regeneration and neuroprotection” by Petrović A., Ban J., Tomljanović I., Mladinić M.
More details about the conference can be found here: https://forum2018.fens.org