1st EVIta Symposium 2019 - Welcome Letter

6-8 November 2019

Palermo, Italy

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Dear colleagues and friends,  

EVIta is a young society founded at the end of 2018, aimed at promoting basic, clinical and translational research and the interactive network among Italian researchers in the field of extracellular vesicles.

EVIta therefore wants to represent an asset for the exchange of ideas, information and initiatives in this field. We are therefore pleased to announce the organization of the first Italian Congress on Extracellular Vesicles, to be held in Palermo on the 6th-8th November 2019. We are convinced that this Congress will offer an opportunity for all of us to personally meet and present our work, creating fruitful discussions and helping foster new friendships, collaborations and common projects.

Moreover, the Congress wants to be an important opportunity for young researchers entering this field, in order to support and develope their scientific and cultural growth. For this aim, we will support young speaker presentations, opportunities for dialogue through round tables and poster presentations.

The Congress will be preceded by the closed event “1stCLUSTERING EVENT FOR EXTRACELLULAR VESICLES FET-OPEN PROJECTS” a meeting day of five H2020 – FET Open grants italian (VES4US, INDEX e EVfoundrey) and non-italian (GLADIATOR and MindGAP) coordinators, testifying the large interest of this topic.

Finally, we are proud to underline the choice of Palermo as the location of the first Congress: regardless of the indisputable beauty of the city, we want to remember that the first Italian studies in the field of microvesicles, from the early 90s, can be traced back to a small group led by Prof. ssa Maria Letizia Vittorelli of the University of Palermo. Today, students and scholars of this school proposed to remember her with the first Italian Congress.

We hope in your active and enthusiastic participation in the Congress.

Benedetta Bussolati

EVIta President