Workshops organized by Biocat and the Leitat Technology Center in collaboration with the Catalan government's Secretariat General for Sport and the Futbol Club Barcelona Foundation and sponsored by Obra Social "la Caixa”.
The workshop is conceived as a means of presenting the MuscleTech Network to an international audience, with prestigious speakers including Ilkka Vuori (“UKK Institut”, Finland), Per Aagaard (“Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre”, Denmark), or Clyde Williams (“School of Sport and Exercise Sciences”, “Loughborough University” UK).
The workshop will mark the launch of the Muscletech Project, which will allow leading research groups to work under a pooled model.
• Anna Pruna, Secretary General of Sports (Catalan government)
• Joan Laporta, president of Futbol Club Barcelona
• Eusebi Cima, Chairman of Leitat Technology Centre
• Jaume Lanaspa, CEO of Obra Social "la Caixa"
• Manel Balcells, Chairman of the Executive Board, Biocat
• Sr. Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira, vice-president of the Government of Catalonia and Vice-Chairman of Biocat
Following on from the first MuscleTech Network Workshop, the second workshop aims to improve knowledge on skeletal muscle and tendons through innovation in preventing, diagnosing and treating illnesses, injuries and myopathies. The second workshop is entitled:
"From Translational Research to Translational Medicine"
The "2nd MuscleTech Network Workshop" will take place on 27, 28 and 29 September 2010 in Barcelona. For the second year running, it will be jointly organised by the MuscleTech Network and the International Center for Scientific Debate, an organisation set up by BIOCAT with the support of Obra Social "la Caixa".
The "2nd MuscleTech Network Workshop" aspires to boost cooperation between leading international hospital and university research groups and local research groups that are members of the MuscleTech Network. This will be done through debates focused on exchanging knowledge, sharing ideas, creating new partnerships to promote research, identifying opportunities, and tackling scientific challenges related to skeletal muscle and tendons both in sport and among the general public.
The aims of the 2nd MuscleTech Network Workshop are to:
• Consolidate the MuscleTech Network as a forum for open, multidisciplinary discussion among professionals working and conducting research in the field of muscle and tendon injuries.
• Analyze how the MuscleTech Network operates, how efficient its actions are and what impact its results have.
• Suggest future lines of research that will bring together scientists and practitioners involved in research on muscle and tendom injuries to innovate and transform standard practices.
The 3rd MuscleTech Network Workshop, entitled "Muscle Injuries and Repair, Current Trends in Research", will be held in Barcelona on 27 and 28 September.
The 3rd MuscleTech Network Workshop is organised by the MuscleTech Network and the International Center for Scientific Debate, an organisation set up by Biocat with the support of Obra Social "la Caixa".
Around sixty European and US researchers and practitioners from different fields of medicine and science will meet over two days to look at new ways of boosting international cooperation among hospital and university research groups.
The workshop's aims include suggesting future lines of research that will bring together scientists and practitioners involved in research on muscle and tendon injuries.
The aims of the 3rd MuscleTech Network Workshop are to:
• Expose practitioners, physicians and researchers to a wide range of issues related to muscle and tendon damage and repair.
• Promote discussion to help understand the physiological mechanisms involved in injuries, which is essential for many health practitioners, scientists, physiotherapist and physical education teachers.
• Foster communication between researchers interested in the mechanisms of muscle damage and repair and practitioners who treat muscle injuries in different populations.
• Debate whether established theories and existing models can still be applied generally to a variety of problems in today's era of tissue engineering, growth factors, platelet-rich plasma and stemm cells.
The ultimate objective is to innovate and transform common clinical practices and strengthen the MuscleTech Network'srole as a forum for open, multidisciplinary discussion among professionals working and conducting research in the field of muscle and tendon injuries.