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Collegio Cairoli

18 March 2019

Collegio A Volta is delighted to read that Collegio Cairoli has gained 'Collegio di Merito' status from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Resarch (MIUR).  The decision of MIUR acknowledges current work under College director Andrea Zatti, the strong input in College life that the Alumni Society has made throughout the years and the strong foundations built at Cairoli by Marco Fraccaro, College director for over thirty years and a distinguished professor of Human Genetics at the University of Pavia. Collegio A Volta and Collegio Cairoli organise a major, annual lecture to honour the life and work of M Fraccaro,  details of which can be found on the web pages of both Colleges.   

 

 

 

 

 

Collegi Universitari

06 February 2019

EDiSU, the governing body of Collegio A Volta and ten further Colleges at the University of Pavia, has promoted an important one-day meeting in Milan about the role of the Colleges in University life and education.  The meeting, whose full title is I Collegi Universitari. Un'eredità per il Futuro, will address past history as well as present and future roles of residential Colleges in University education. It will focus in the first instance the history and work of the Colleges of the University of Pavia and Università Cattolica of Università in MIlan but will also include presentations about the role of the Colleges in Universities abroad including Cambridge and Yale. A broad discussion about the future of the Colleges in the Italian University system will take place in the final part of the meeting.

All College students are invited to attend this meeting. The poster of the meeting can be found and downloaded at this page. 

Image: Collegio P Fraccaro, one of the eleven Colleges governed by EDiSU in Pavia.

 

 

 

 

Drug Discovery

06 February 2019

The first meeting of the Idea Centre, a new, collaborative research initiative will take place in the College lecture theatre on the 6th and 7th of February 2019.  The new Centre aims to foster collaborations between scientists at the University of Pavia and at Scuola Normale in Pisa in the areas of Drug Discovery and protein engineering, especially Antibody Engineering.

This is a major area of research for both the University of Pavia and Scuola Normale and further information about the scope of the meeting and the Centre can be found at this page. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here.  All College students are invited to attend, especially students of Biology, Chemistry and Medical Courses.

Image: A drug-like small molecule. Courtesy of the FDA Group.

 

 

 

 

College Teaching

06 January 2019

On 17th December 2018 EDiSU published the list and a preliminary ranking order of students who had applied for College-based teaching for the current academic year. A copy of the list can be found at this page. The new procedure has been implemented in order to maximise financial support from government toward College-based teaching.

The final ranking order of students contributing to teaching will be established after a round of students' interviews that will take place in the coming days (7th-11th of January 2019).

Image: Palazzo Vistarino, the main site of EDISU offices.

 

 

 

 

Pavia Colleges

06 January 2019

On the 5th of December 2018 nearly two thousand students of the University of Pavia took to the streets in order to protest against prospective cuts to students' bursaries and the collegiate system of the University of Pavia. A number of University lecturers also joined the protest.  The University of Pavia has enjoyed higher than average governemental income toward students bursaries and eleven University Colleges.

Under Italian law support for Higher Education reaches students and Universities via regional government, Regione Lombardia in the case of the University of Pavia. New criteria for resource allocation currently under consideration by regional government, however, may appreciably decrease the quota of funding reaching the students of the University of Pavia and the Colleges at Pavia.

The Chancellor of the University of Pavia and the President of EDiSU, the body in charge of governing the eleven University Colleges present at Pavia and students' bursaries , are engaging Regione Lombardia in order to reverse the threat of the cuts. They can count on extensive support from the students and staff of the University of Pavia in this endeavour and first and above on the support of students living and working in the Colleges of the University, including the students of Volta who had a strong role and presence in the demonstration of 5 December 2018.

Image: a photograph of the demonstration of 5 December 2018 against the prospective cuts to students' grants and University Colleges at the University of Pavia.

 

 

 

 

HMGB1 Protein

09 December 2018

On the 10th of December 2018 Marco Bianchi, of Università San Raffaele, will give a seminar entitled High Mobility Group Box 1 protein orchestrates tissue regeneration via CXCR4 at 5.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his talk ME Bianchi will discuss the signaling role of HMGB1 (High Mobility Group Box 1) protein as Damage Associated Molecular Pattern (DMAP) protein. DAMPs are molecules that are normally present inside cells, and whose extracellular presence signals that some cell has died or risks doing so. HMGB1, as the prototypical DAMP, signals tissue damage and triggers inflammation.

This is a major area of research in cancer biology, crucial for understanding the somatic evolution of cancer. All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here.  Further information about the seminar, including an abstract, short biography and key references can be found at this page.

Image: human hepatocytes in culture. Liver parenchymal cells are a key target cell population for liver regeneration.

 

 

 

 

Molecular Medicine

28 November 2018

Three scientists working in the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Pavia will give research seminars in the coming days. The first seminar by Patrizia Sommi at 2.00 pm on the 29th of November will discuss Nanoparticle-cell interaction for new applications in nanomedicine. The second one by Federica Pisano at 2.00 pm on the 3rd of December will address Stem cell secretome to treat heart disease and the final one by Hugo de Jonge at 2.00 pm on the 6th of December will tackle: SF-MET complex: a basis for developing receptor agonists and antagonists.

The three seminars highlight new therapeutic approaches to disease that may have important applications in future. All College students are warmly invited to attend, especially studfents of Biology, Biotechnology, Medicine . The posters of the seminars can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

College Rules & Regulations

26 November 2018

The College Rules & Regulations, available  in an Italian version at this page on the College website and downlodable here have been revised in several respects, largely to comply with changing Health & Safety and EDiSU Regulations. The English version will be updated shortly as well. The following points are worth noting:

Residence. The College aims to introduce an electronic system that keeps track of the students present in the College building at any time. This is specially important on Health & Safety grounds. Further information will be made available as soon as the workability of the new system is confirmed.

Guests. Guests will to sign in and sign out when they enter and leave College, once more on Health & Safety grounds.  The hours at which guests must leave the College have also been updated in order to comply with the working hours of the College porters. Students expecting guests on Sunday must inform College in advance and provide details of the name surname, address, arrival and departure time of the guests.

Parties. Parties organised by individual students (birthday, graduation, etc) involving up to 15 people must be notified to College at least 3 days in advance. Permission for these is granted by College. Larger parties organised by groups of students, ie College Clubs & Societies, must be notified to College at least 10 days in advance. Permission for these parties is granted jointly by College and EDiSU.

Discipline. EDiSU has introduced minor changes in matters of discipline last May and the College Rules & Regulations have been updated accordingly.

The College, as always, welcomes comments and suggestions from students about the Rules & Regulations and any other aspect of College life.

 

 

 

College Teaching

21 November 2018

The long awaited 'Bando' EDiSU in support of College teaching and services - including library support - has been published.  The text of the call for interest is available at this page on the EDiSU website and the same page contains the links to two additional documents: a privacy statement and, most importantly, the application form.

All students of Collegio A Volta interested in teaching one of the College Courses, or one of the College tutorials or interested in offering library support must apply to EDiSU using the relevant application form before 12.00 noon on the 29th of November 2018. Applications must be taken in by hand to the Ufficio Protocollo at EDiSU headquarter at 26, via Sant'Ennodio, Pavia or sent by certified electronic email or by recorded mail.

Image: College students attending the 2017 EDiSU Open Day.

 

 

Myc and Transcription

20 November 2018

Mattia Pelizzola of the Italian Institute of Technology branch in Milan will give a seminar entitled MYC-dependent dynamics of transcriptional regulation on the 26th of November 2018 at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his seminar M Pelizzola will report major progress from work carried out in his laboratory on the mechanisms through which the transcription factor Myc orchestrates transcription of hundreds of target genes and the temporal dynamics aof this process.  All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here. Further information about the seminar, including an abstract and a short biography can be found at this page.

Image: Crystal structure of the Myc and a partner protein protein (Max) bound to DNA.

 

 

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