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NGS extension

Sofia Lider, National Institute of Endocrinology C.I. Parhon



I am a second year PhD student from Romania, and fifth year trainee in endocrinology at National Institute of Endocrinology C.I. Parhon. My point of interest is genetics in neuroendocrinology, and my PhD thesis has the following title `Genotype-phenotype correlations in catecholamine secreting tumors.`

I am in a start point of this field, and I am driven by a great enthusiasm to learn, discover and apply what I will learn in this fellowship.

Between July-August 2020, I went to Ghent University Hospital-Endocrinology Department under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Guy T’Sjoen and Prof. Dr. Bruno Lapauw, organised the database of Flemish patients with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, analysed it and wrote a manuscript that was submitted to Endocrine Oncology (response pending).

During that period, I also went to their Genetics Laboratory where I learned NGS techniques in order to apply it in Romania (NGS is still not available in our country). 

Due to the short period of time spent there, I do think that another Research Observership it would be very useful to improve my skills in clinical and genetical evaluation of patients with PPGLs, genetics techniques, to extended our database with new cases and to develop new research ideas for patients with PPGLs.

This research observership will also be a great opportunity to extend the collaboration already created between Romania and Belgium with other countries.

I am sure I will benefit from this experience in the best way possible, grow through and also bring value to any medical setting I will practice in. Also, this experience could be a very important opportunity to extend my knowledge in neuroendocrine tumors, and share it with Romanian community of young endocrinologists.


Grant awarded: €900.00

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