Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (19/10/2013 02.22)

Study of the role of microRNAs and tumoral stem cells in human osteosarcomas

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Osteosarcoma is the second cause of cancer death in children and young adults with high frequency of recurrences and metastases even after aggressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy. A small subpopulation of cancer stem cell (CSC) are suspected to be responsible for tumor growth, for high osteosarcoma resistance to anti-cancer treatments and for recurrences and metastases. Targeting these CSCs may result in an effective and complete tumor eradication.

We propose to isolate CSCs from human osteosarcomas, to investigate their phenotype and their cellular and molecular biology, in order to identify specific cellular properties and/or molecular markers that could be used for the design of novel targeted anti-CSC therapies.

We aim to identify miRNAs involved in the maintenance of CSC stem properties and to analyze the effects of their deregulation on CSC phenotype and abilities. Identified miRNAs may be used as molecular targets for the design of novel anti-osteosarcoma therapies

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Research Fields

Medical sciences - Medicine

Eligibility criteria

Curriculum Vitae, Scientific titles and publications, Interview

Selection process

The competition will be carried out by an evaluation of titles and examination, by means of an interview

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Annual budget22947
Frequency of calls12
International mobility required ?no
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageEarly stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityyes
Total amount per fellowship per year22947
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceno
Covers research costsno
Maximum duration of fellowship12
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Funding organisation / Contacts

Public research
Firenze - Italy
055 - 7944259