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STSM Report: Darija Bogdanic

I am Darija Bogdanić and currently, I am working as a transfusion medicine resident at the Clinical Department for Transfusion Medicine and Transplantation Biology of the University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia; also I am a PhD student in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Osijek, Croatia.

My 1-month short term scientific mission (STSM), which was hosted by dr Rachel Crossland at Hematological Sciences, Newcastle University, for Working Group 2 on ‘Molecular and Cellular Biomarkers of Chronic Graft versus Host Disease (cGvHD)’ was entitled “ MicroRNA profiling of autologous serum extracellular vesicles, for treatment of ocular chronic GvHD”.

The main goal of this STSM was a better understanding of chronic GvHD by examining molecular biomarkers, in this case, micro RNA (miRNA).

During my STSM under the supervision of dr Rachel Crossland, extracellular vesicles (EVs) were isolated from the serum of patients with an ocular form of chronic GvHD treated with autologous serum eye drops (ASED) and healthy controls; Nanostring technology was used to perform screening of miRNA molecules within the vesicles. Results gained in this pilot study could allow the application for further funding and future collaboration.

I received training in appropriate laboratory techniques including EV isolation, nanoparticle tracking analysis, EV characterisation, RNA isolation and concentration, RNA quantification, NanoString screening and statistical analysis.

Moreover, I was enrolled in writing a joined review article on miRNA’s role as a biomarker in GvHD that is currently in process of writing.

Besides that, I did two short educational visits to two extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) departments at Great North Children’s Hospital and Newcastle Freeman Hospital which allowed me to gain insight into the organization of the units and management of GvHD patients in other ECP departments.

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