Mineralocorticoid Receptor cell biology and pharmacology
University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
February 9th-13th, 2015
The COST-ADMIRE training school “Mineralocorticoid receptor cell biology and pharmacology” took place on February 9-13th, 2015 at the University of La Laguna, Spain. The training school was organised by Prof. Diego Alvarez de la Rosa (U. La Laguna; ADMIRE WG2), Prof. Claudia Grossmann (Martin Luther Universitat Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; ADMIRE WG2 Leader) and Dr. Nourdine Faresse (University of Zurich, Switzerland; ADMIRE WG5). The training school was attended by a total of 13 early stage researchers from seven different COST-ADMIRE participating countries (Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom) from 10 different laboratories participating in the network. Nine trainers participated in the event, including the organisers, Dr. Brian Harvey (RCSI, Ireland) Dr. Rosario Gonzalez-Muñiz and Dr. Mercedes Martín (Medicinal Chemistry Institute, CSIC, Spain) and three local trainers (Dr. Araceli Morales, Dr. Miguel X. Fernandes and Dr. Teresa Giraldez). During the five days of the training school we covered topics on MR pharmacology and cell biology both fro a theoretical and a practical standpoint, including hands-on sessions on in silico discovery of MR ligands, study of MR activity, subcellular localization, protein-protein interaction and protein-DNA interaction. The training school also included a session where each trainee presented his or her work on topics related to MR and aldosterone, followed by discussion with the rest of trainees and trainers. Additional activities which trainees took part in during the week included a practical seminar by Professor Brian Harvey on How to Apply for European Funding, which was open to local researchers, and a guided visit to the Observatory of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) in El Teide National Park.