The contents of the School comprise a diverse and all-encompassing programme, a mixture of lectures and laboratory practical work.

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Schedule last updated: 6 November, 2023

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Highlights of 2023

Enhancing the FDA’s Regulatory Science Approach for the Review of PFA/IRE Devices, Ksenia Blinova

Human in vitro assay for non-clinical evaluation Pulsed Field Ablation treatments, Maura Casciola

Advances in irreversible electroporation technology and novel clinical applications, Rafael V. Davalos

Collateral effects of Electroporation (heating, pain & contraction, electrochemistry), Antoni Ivorra

The use of moderate and high voltage electric fields in food processing and the circular bioeconomy, James Lyng

Will pulsed field ablation change treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, Atul Verma

Preliminary programme

Electrical properties of cells and tissues in electric field

  • Resting and induced transmembrane voltage
  • Dielectric properties of biological tissues
  • Temperature and conductivity changes in tissues

Physical chemistry of membrane electroporation

  • Electrochemical membrane thermodynamics
  • Molecular dynamics simulations

Electroporation in vitro and in vivo – protocols

  • Electroporation of cells in vitro
  • Electroporation of cells in vivo

Development of devices and electrodes

  • Devices for in vitro and in vivo experimental work
  • Electrodes for in vitro and in vivo
  • Electroporation of cells in tissue – models of electroporation in vivo and their experimental validations

Electrochemotherapy of tumors

  • Basic mechanisms of electrochemotherapy
  • Preclinical studies
  • Clinical use of electrochemotherapy
  • Current developments and future perspectives

Application of electroporation in gene transfection

  • Gene transfection in vitro
  • Gene transfection in vivo
  • Electroporation for gene therapy
  • Electroporation for DNA vaccine

Laboratory and practical work

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  • The influence of Mg2+ ions on gene electotransfer efficiency
  • Monitoring cell membrane electropermeabilization with ratiometric fluorescence dye FURA-2AM
  • Electropermeabilization detection with propidium iodide in plated cells
  • Measurements of the induced transmembrane voltage with fluorescent dye di-8-ANEPPS
  • Electrotransformation of Escherichia coli with plasmid DNA
  • E. coli inactivation in a continuous flow system
  • Electroporation of planar lipid bilayers
  • Analysis of electric field orentations on gene electrotransfer visualization at the membrane level
  • Treatment planning for electrochemotherapy and irreversible electroporation: optimization of voltage and electrode position
  • Numerical Modeling of Thermal Effects during Irreversible Electroporation Treatments
  • Molecular dynamics simulations of membrane electroporation
  • Electroporation of cells and tissues – interactive e-learning
  • Measurement of electroporation pules with osciloscope; voltage and current probes
  • Development of pulse power generators for electroporation

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