The meeting was well structured, with program of the first day aimed at gathering and engaging both young and senior scientists in relevant Greek research. Hence, it was not surprised that the meeting’s language was mainly Greek. But thankfully, presentation slides were displayed in English (clearly for those from abroad like me). Talks were focused on “Cell therapies and regenerative medicine” and especially on “Regulatory issues for advanced therapies in Greece”. A remarkable welcome session in the evening followed by a drink reception and Greek-style dancing wonderfully ended the first day.
On the second day, the event devoted to the “International symposium on Clinical advances of gene therapy”. Presentations from worldwide leading scientists plus from selected abstracts were concentrated on recent important preclinical and clinical achievements in gene therapy for cancer, inherited, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular disorders, as well as on the emerging new platforms for gene therapy.
A Poster Walk and lots of coffee/lunch breaks during the event additionally provided all attendants a great chance to meet up, discuss about their research of interest, and foster potential collaboration. Personally, I found this was most interesting and important for young scientists like me, in particular, to present and receive critiques from leading experts in the field, and to engage with the scientific community to broaden the professional network.
Altogether, attending this meeting was an invaluable experience, also a great chance to learn Greek for free, to explore the beautiful Thessaloniki city, and to enjoy delicious Greek food. I would hardly make it without receiving a travel award from the BSGCT. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BSGCT for giving me this tremendous support.
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