Other Training and Diffusion Activities

symposiumThe Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies in collaboration with other institutions fosters training and diffusion activities such as Children’s Workshops in advanced therapies, Symposia, “Encuentros en la Frontera de la Investigación en Salud (Gatherings at the Border of Health Research)”, or  “Encuentros ConCiencia”.

The Children’s Workshops in Advanced Therapies enable Andalusian young people and schoolchildren from 8 to 15 to gain better knowledge of the field of cell therapy, gene therapy and nanomedicine through educational workshops. These workshops use the following support material: The “tale of Celestina”, “a cell in action” about regenerative medicine, the comic “Plim, the secret of life” about gene therapy and the videogame “Nanito” about nanomedicine. At present, 20 sessions have been offered in different Andalusian provinces over a two year time span. They have welcomed interest from the media and the consequent impact in newspapers, on radio, TV and social networks.

The “Encuentros ConCiencia” provide the opportunity for the bringing together of health research professionals and citizens, especially Patients’ Associations and patients’ relatives, to analyse and discuss the main research work being developed, the results of which might improve the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of some pathologies.

The “Encuentros en la Frontera de la Investigación en Salud” are scientific seminars which keep Andalusian professionals current with national and international knowledge generated in the field of therapies as well as with innovative approaches to the resolution and knowledge of  citizens’ health problems.

In addition, in 2012, the Coordinating Unit of the Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies organized an International symposium “I International Symposium on Cell and Gene-based Therapies” to foster the exchange of knowledge and promote synergies between lines of research in the advanced therapy field. This symposium held in Granada (Spain) brought together some of the most significant international representatives in the field of regenerative medicine, specifically in cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue engineering.

It should be noted the organization, together with the International Society for Cellular Therapy and the Enterprise Europe Network of a bilateral meetings (B2B) international summit in the framework of the ISCT Europe 2015 Regional Meeting, in order to promote the generation of strategic alliances in the field of Cell Therapy. This event runs in parallel to the ISCT European Regional Meeting 2015 that will be held in Seville, Spain, for the first time.


"The Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies together with the University of Granada established one of the best programmes to learn about ATMPs and the basics of GMP. The tutoring is very interactive not only during practical phase but also in the online-based theoretical sections. You will not miss classes. The programme offers a great chance to get into contact with other people working in ATMP and GMP sectors and to build up networks throughout Europe. You have the chance to exchange experiences with experienced tutors and lecturers, also in regulatory aspects. In addition to learn and be trained, it is really easy to socialize in the sunny area of Andalusia with all its historical sights in the beautiful old city centre of Granada".

Andy Römhild, PhD,
Head of Production
Laboratory of Experimental and Applied Cell Therapy
Berlin-Brandenburg Center of Regenerative Therapies Charité
Berlin, Germany