New article in the MAGAZINE University Antwerp

Geneesmiddelen worden veiliger (EN: Medicines become safer)

  • MAGAZINE Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Section: Samen the toekomst bepalen (EN: Determining the future together)
  • September 2020
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ESRs Welcome MeetUp

On May 28, the INSPIRE Coordinator Team organized a Welcome MeetUp for the 12 young researchers already selected to become members of the INSPIRE Network. This first meeting was a fantastic opportunity for the ESRs to get to know each other and to have a first dive into our project. The meeting closed with a toast for the ESRs and the INSPIRE project, followed by a private chat between the ESRs. We are eager to start working with such a motivated team of ESRs. Welcome on board!                                        

Upcoming "Safety Pharm Chats"

The Academic Outreach Committee of the Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) launches the “Safety Pharm Chats” – live online sessions to provide networking during this time of social distancing.


Safety Pharm Chats are facilitator-led conversations designed to allow you to connect with your peers around the world in an informal setting to discuss a variety of topics. We are keeping the groups small to make sure everyone has a chance to be heard. Registration is complimentary and sessions will be added depending on interest. Sign up today by clicking on a links below to secure your spot!

Careers in safety pharmacology. Registration

  • May 28, 2020
  • Audience: Student, Young Investigators, PhDs
  • Discuss career options and learn from the experiences of SPS members having a career in the field of safety pharmacology.

Peer Reviewed Presentations Part 1. Registration

  • June 18, 2020
  • Audience: Student, Young Investigators, PhDs
  • Need some practice before presenting your poster/research? Present your research and get instant feedback and tips from safety pharmacology experts. Send us your abstract before May 31 (3 abstracts per session will be selected).

Safety pharmacology in 2030. Registration

  • June 25, 2020
  • Audience: All
  • A special 20th anniversary chat to discuss what the future of safety pharmacology will look like. Novel 3Rs models, machine learning approaches and more! Come prepared with ideas, opinions and your biggest questions!

INSPIRE participates in the HESI Cardiac Safety Steering Committee meeting

  • Date: April 23rd 2020
  • Location: online meeting
  • Presentation

INSPIRE was invited to take part in the HESI Cardiac Safety Committee Steering Team meeting on April 23rd.

The Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) is a non-profit institution based in the US which brings together experts from academia, industry, government and other strategic partners to address health and environmental challenges. One of its sixteen multi-sector working groups is the Cardiac Safety Committee aimed at improving public health by reducing unanticipated cardiovascular-related adverse effects from drugs or chemicals; and developing innovative approaches to support early detection and prediction as well as improved understanding of cardiovascular toxicology and pathobiology.

During the Steering Team meeting, Prof. Pieter-Jan Guns - Coordinator of INSPIRE, had the opportunity to introduce the project to the Steering Team and answer to the committee members’ questions. The overall conclusion of this first contact between INSPIRE and HESI is that there seems to be considerably room for the creation of synergies. We look very much forward to future collaborative opportunities with HESI!

Successful Virtual Kick-off Meeting

  • Date: April 2nd 2020
  • Location: Online meeting
  • Programme

What a fantastic experience to bring all the INSPIRE team together ‘virtually’ in our Kick-off Meeting! Even though the current restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the covid-19 forced the cancellation of both the Recruitment Event and the Kick-off Meeting in Antwerp, the Supervisory Board succeeded in meeting virtually on April 2nd to start up the project. During the teleconference session, the team members had the opportunity to exchange first impressions about the candidates interviewed online on the previous day (April 1st) and to start working out the programme of upcoming training activities. 

The Virtual Kick-off Meeting was remarkably fruitful and allows to conclude that INSPIRE is on the right track with this promising collaboration. The Coordinator Office wants to warmly THANK all the team members for joining this meeting and greatly contributing to the success of the action.




Recruitment Event of INSPIRE: ONLINE

Due to the recent Covid-19 virus outbreak and the consequential restrictions currently in place, the Recruitment Event of INSPIRE will not be held in Antwerp, but will take place virtually. The interviews have been planned online on the original date: April 1st. The day after, during the 'Virtual Kick-off Meeting' on April 2nd, the Supervisory Board (SB) will share impressions and take the final decision with regard to the selection. 



Recruitment Event of INSPIRE: COMING SOON!

The Recruitment Event of INSPIRE will be held in Antwerp, on April 1st 2020. This event, which will gather representatives of all 10 beneficiaries and more than 35 nominated candidates to our 15 ESR positions, will take place in the Grauwzusters Cloister of the University of Antwerp.

The agenda will consist of parallel sessions of interviews in which all preselected candidates will have the opportunity to present their scientific background and personal/professional skills to the selection committees. Additionally, the day will include several lectures and an interactive social activity around the city to close the meeting.


          We look very much forward to welcoming all participants in Antwerp!

ITN 2019 Coordinator's Info Day

  • Date: November 22, 2019
  • Location: DE GASPERI room, Charlemagne Building, European Commission, Brussels

The INSPIRE coordination team took part in the ITN 2019 Coordinators’ Info Day, which was organised by the Research Executive Agency (REA) and held in Brussels on November 22. The session featured presentations on how to implement the MSCA ITN projects and offered the coordinators the possibility to pose questions to the REA officers. Requirements were given as regards recruitment, financial management and reporting provisions, as well as horizontal aspects covering Ethics, IPR and Open Access. Furthermore, during this event, the INSPIRE team had the opportunity to meet the REA Project Officer, Mrs. Paula Hokkanen, who provided our team with valuable information to ensure sound management of INSPIRE.


The slides of the presentations given in the event are available through following link: