Call for hosting next CA17140 MC MEETING and TRAINING SCHOOL

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:14

Dear COSTers,

the call for hosting the next CA17140 MC Meeting and the 2nd Traning School is now open.

All members willing to host one or both these events are required to fill the questionnaire which can be download from this page (both in word and pdf format) and SEND it via email as pdf attachment to the Actior Chair Barbara Klajnert ( and in Cc to the Vicechiar Sabrina Pricl ( before January 15, 2020.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

3rd STSM call NOW OPEN

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:48

Dear COSTers,

the 3rd call for STSMs application is now open. Please find all details on the dedicated page.

We welcome submission from both experts and young investigtors.

Deadline for application submission: 31/12/2019.

Special Issue "Cancer Nanomedicine—From the Bench to the Bedside" - call for paper open

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:57

Dear COSTers,

it is with great pleasure that we annuonce the opening of paper submission to the Pharmaceutics Special Issue "Cancer Nanomedicine—From the Bench to the Bedside", featuring your Action Vice-Chiar and Dissemination Manager - Prof. Sabrina Pricl - as the guest editor.

All details about our dedicate special issue can be found here. Manuscript submission deadline is November 20, 2020.

Pharmaceutics is an MDPI International, peer-reviewed, open access (OA) journal that received an updated Journal Impact Factor of 4.773 in the most recent release of the Journal Citation Reports®. Pharmaceutics now ranks 26/267 (Q1) in the category 'Pharmacology & Pharmacy’. For more info see:

In recalling the importance of receiving a substantial contribution to this issue from all members of the Action, and the positive evaluation of the EU Commission concerning OA publications, we also solicit you to advertise this special issue among all your friends and colleagues working in this broad and challenging field.

Let's make this COST Action issue a great, common event!

School of Nanomedicine, Trieste, December 11-13 2019

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Tue, 29/10/2019 - 11:45

Dear COSTers,

please see the info about the upcoming Nanomedicine School to be held in Trieste from December 11-13, 2019.

The School is dedicated to Master students, PhD students, early stage researchers, and whoever is interested in an introduction to this rather new field of research.

More info at:



Euronanomed project featuring CA17140 members proposed for funding

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Fri, 18/10/2019 - 11:25

Dear COSTers,

we are very pleased to announce that the project “Nanomedine for glioblastoma therapy” (NANO4GLIO), coordinated by our Action member Valentin Cena from Spain and having two other Action members - Prof. Aiva Plotniece from Latvia and Prof. René Roy from Canada (Université du Québec à Montréal - who has just submitted his request as MC Observer), has just been proposed for funding within 10th Joint Transnational Call (JTC) for "European Innovative Research & Technological Development Projects in Nanomedicine" within the framework of the ERA-NET EuroNanoMed III. 

In response to this call, 91 eligible pre-proposals were submitted. After the first evaluation stage, 37 consortia were invited to submit a full proposal. Following a new remote evaluation, the Peer Review Panel (PRP) met in Rome on September 23-24 to discuss the proposals and gave its recommendations to the EuroNanoMed 2019 Call Steering Committee concerning approval or rejection based on the overall quality of the proposal, taking into account the individual referee comments, and the whole PRP discussion. In total 13 proposals were proposed for funding.

Below we report the summary of the NANO4GLIO proposal.

Congratulations Valentin, Aiva and René, we wish a great success with this project!


Summary of NANO4GLIO:


The main objective of this project is to establish a new therapeutic approach for cancer treatment general and for glioblastoma (GBM) in particular, a tumor for which there is no effective treatment. The novelty of the project relies not only on the use of RNAi technology (more specifically siRNA) to knock down selected proteins involved in tumoral cell survival and proliferation making them more susceptible to anticancer drugs and/or radiation but also on the use of novel cutting-edge multitasking nanoparticles (NPs). The specific siRNAs will be target-delivered by these NPs that will be fine-tuned in their structure and chemical surface to perform efficiently the tasks required for targeting an intracerebral glioblastoma xenograft:  blood-brain barrier crossing, siRNA target-delivered or tumor imaging. There are several relevant issues that are addressed by the project: a) Improving BBB crossing by NPs;  b) toxicity of the NPs in vivo and in vitro (on healthy and tumoral cells); c) fine-tuning of the 3D structure of the NPs based on feed-back from biological experiments and d) the use of selected fresh xenografted human tumors obtained from cells isolated from patients to increase the likeliness that the response of the mice to the nanoplexes could enhance our understanding of key aspects of glioblastoma biology and, in proper time, reach the clinical setting. The project will use a multidisciplinary approach strategy and the preliminary results already obtained decrease the technological risk of the project. The final result of the development of the project will be to provide the “proof-of-concept” in an animal model of xenografted human glioblastoma cells, obtained from patients by the clinicians participating in the consortium, that RNAi therapeutics is effective in cancer treatment either by itself or by potentiating the effect of anticancer drugs.

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