Research Summer School 2017
Discovering research in Oniris
On Wednesday, 5th July , the MAN-IMAL team hosted the Research Summer School organised by the University of Angers from 26th June to 7th July.
23 students from Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mali, the United Kingdom and Turkey were able to discover 5 laboratories in Oniris.
After the welcome coffee, Mrs. Buzoni-Gatel, General Manager of Oniris, presented the school hosting them for the day and we were also able to present the MAN-IMAL programme and its Master Programme.
After that, serious business began with a presentation of the work of the LABERCA research unit by Gaud Dervilly-Pinel, the scientific assistant manager of this national laboratory specialised in the analysis of the risks linked to the main chemical residues and contaminants.
As they left the amphitheater, the students, divided into 4 groups, walked off to the 4 workshops offered for the day. We followed one of the groups.
This group started the day with the building of animal by-products, where they put on the overboots, mob caps and white lab coat to discover the SECALIM research unit, which works on the microbial risk in meat and seafood products. The temperatures rose high during the day but in the early morning, the altered pieces of meat presented were still bearable for all.
Before turning to those objects of study which were unusual for the students in the groups who were mostly following medical or pharmaceutical curriculum, Géraldine Boué, a MAN-IMAL teacher since 2016, presented her work in the research unit. It focuses on the risks/benefits analysis of fish consumption on the chemical and nutritional levels.
Jean-Michel Cappelier, from the same laboratory and also a teacher at MAN-IMAL, explained the different meat safety check points, then showed an example by manipulating samples
Julie Duval, Ph.D. student in the BioEpar research unit (Biology, epidemiology and risk analysis in animal health), presented an unusual tool in human and veterinary medicine or biological sciences research: open-ended interviews, which she applied for her thesis on the relationships between organic farmers and veterinarians. By briefly trying to understand the reasons behind their participation to in the Research Summer School, students were able to grasp the interest and difficulties of this method of data collection.
After a good lunch break that allowed them to regain strength and enjoy the sun, the students left for a new workshop hosted by Steffi Bösch and 2 assistants from the IECM (Cellular and Molecular Immuno-Endocrinology) research unit. After a short presentation of the subject, the students were able to isolate extracellular nanovesicles and characterise their size, thanks to a new device recently acquired by the laboratory.
Finally, the group ended its visit with a workshop with Yassine Mallem from the NP3 (Nutrition, physiopathology and pharmacology, ex PAPF and N&E) research unit, where they simulated the effects of different medications on the cardiac and circulatory parameters of animals. The use of these simulation tools now makes it possible to reduce considerably the use of animals for experiments.
As a conclusion to the day, the student regrouped in the amphitheater where they were able to share their opinions on the 5 activities. We handed them a USB stick containing the presentations of the conferences and workshops of the day.
The feedback from the satisfaction questionnaires showed that the students enjoyed this visit.
After one (or rather several) last group photo, the students left to wait for their bus to visit Nantes before returning to Angers for their last 2 days of Research Summer School!