On November 29, 2018 the Italian Society of Extracellular Vesicles (EVIta) was founded in Turin.
EVIta would promote basic, clinical and translational research and the interactive network among Italian researchers, in the field of extracellular vesicles.
The scientific interest for extracellular vesicles, small vesicles released by cells and present in biological fluids (such as blood and urine), arises from their preponderant role as mediators of communication between cell and cell and for their involvement in many diseases.
EVIta aims to represent a point of reference for the exchange of ideas, information and initiatives in this area. The founding members of EVIta, more than fifty from eleven different regions, represent an Italian excellence in the study of extracellular vesicles in the most diverse fields: medicine, biochemistry, physics, veterinary medicine, pharmacology.
The Cnr has actively participated since the very early stage of the establishment of EVIta, thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of three of its researchers (Antonella Bongiovanni Cnr-Ibim, Palermo; Marcella Chiari Cnr-Icrm, Milan; Gianni Colotti Cnr-Ibpm, Rome; and Gabriella Pocsfalvi Cnr-Ibbr, Napoli), promoters in the first phase and now members of the board of directors of the society. The first meeting of supporter members of the 'EVIta Society', on October 5th at the Marconi hall of the Cnr in Rome, confirmed the strong interest and passionate participation of the Italian scientific community working on extracellular vesicles. This first enthralling meeting pushed the promoters of the initiative to continue their work which, thanks to the support of many, led to the establishment of EVIta.
EVIta is based at the Molecular biotechnology center of the University of Turin, where president Benedetta Bussolati works.
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