Society for Free Radical Research - Europe

May News from the ECR subcommittee

Dear colleagues,

In today's newsletter you can find updates about our previous and next seminar as well as more information for the events dedicated to early career research at the annual SFRR-E meeting in Vienna. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna and hope to see you at one of our ECR events!

Webinar series “Emerging leaders in redox biology”

In our last webinar focused on “Redox Control of Metabolism”, Dr. Chrisa Xirouchaki and Dr. Flavia Rezende shared their latest data and insights. If you were not able to attend, you can find the recording of this webinar (and previous ones) in the society’s intranet (
Please note, there will be no webinar in June, since we will be attending the SFRR-E Meeting in Vienna.
Our next webinar will be held on 4 July 2023 at 15:00 CET.  Dr Nikos Margaritelis and Dr. Rui Travesso will tackle the topics of computational modelling and personalized redox biology, presenting novel methodological and statistical approaches in redox biology.

Visiting Fellowships 2023

Two SFRR-Europe Visiting Fellowships for 2023 (up to €2000 for each award) will be awarded to Early Career Investigators to cover travel and accommodation expenses for a short research stay (minimum 3 weeks) in another laboratory in Europe, to be completed before June 2024. The deadline for this is on the 21st May 2023.

Travel Grants for SFRR-I meeting 2023 in Uruguay

This year’s SFRR-I meeting is taking place between 15th-18th November 2023 in Punta del Este, Uruguay ( To help ECRs attend the meeting, there is an open call for travel grants! The travel awards will be for 1500 Euros for PhD student members of the SFRR-E or Postdoc members of SFRR-E, who are less than 5 years post-PhD and not in permanent academic positions. The deadline for this is on the 10th July 2023.

SFRR-E Meeting in Vienna in June: Events for Early Career Researchers

The next annual meeting of the SFFR-E will take place in Vienna, 6-9 June 2023 and we have planned a few exciting events dedicated to ECRs!

    1. Meet the Professors session (Tuesday 6th June, at 17:30, Mancini Foyer & Olympia Mancini 1).

On Tuesday 6th June 2023 at 17:30 there will be a “Meet the Professors” session (accompanied by wine and cheese). For this event we have invited a selected group of professors with different areas of expertise that are willing to answer all the questions you always wanted to ask a professor. We are thankful to all the professors for their participation and we are already looking forward to this very interactive session! You can see their short bios below for more information.

Moreover, now is your chance to send over your questions anonymously to make sure they are definitely going to be answered.

Rafael Radi: Full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, Director of the Center for Biomedical Research (CEINBIO) at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay. His research is focused on the production, chemical biology, cell signaling actions and pathological effects of oxidants and free radicals, with a strong focus on biochemical mechanisms of the pathogenic actions of nitric oxide through its interaction with superoxide radicals and the formation of peroxynitrite. 
Tobias Dick: Head of the Division of Redox Regulation at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany. His research is focused in understanding the detailed molecular mechanisms by which redox signals are transmitted inside cells and creating tools that enable monitoring and manipulating redox signals inside living cells and model organisms.
Clare Hawkins: Professor of the Panum Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Her research is focused on understanding the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in driving lesion development in atherosclerosis.
Michael J Davies: Head of the Protein Oxidation group of the University of Copenhagen. His research is focused in understanding the mechanisms of protein modification by reactive species (radicals, two-electron oxidants, glycation reactions), the biological consequences of such reactions, and the development of methods to quantify protein damage in disease with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular pathologies.
Patricia Oteiza: Professor at the Department of Nutrition and Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology of the University of California. Her research is focused on the impact of nutrition and toxicant exposure during early development, the health benefits of flavonoids in diet-induced obesity comorbidities and the involvement of redox-regulated mechanisms and oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of those conditions.
Giuseppe Valacchi: Full professor of Physiology at the University of Ferrara, adjunct professor at Kyung Hee University, Seoul and full Professor in Regenerative Medicine at North Carolina State University. His research is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that define the physio-pathological responses of tissues to exposome with special focus on environmental pollutants.
Niki Chondrogianni: Group leader of the Molecular and Cellular Ageing Lab of the National Hellenic Research Foundation Institute of Chemical Biology in Athens. Her work is focused on the identification of factors and pathways that regulate human aging with particular interest in the regulation of the proteasome and protein degradation during aging and senescence.
Juan Sastre: Professor of Physiology at the University of Valencia, Spain and president of SFRR-E. His research is focused on the role of oxidative stress and redox signaling in Gastroenterology, particularly in acute pancreatitis and liver cirrhosis.
Daniela Caporossi: Associate professor of Applied Biology at the University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences. Her research is focused on exercise and redox imbalance in the induction of molecular damage and apoptosis and the role of free radicals in cell signaling and modulation of gene expression in skeletal muscle.
Florian Gruber: Associate professor and group leader of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Biotechnology of Skin Aging at the Medical University of Vienna. His research is focused on how the skin and its various cell types cope with intrinsic and extrinsic stressors and with aging and,  in particular the role that lipids and their oxidation play in skin biology.
Pablo Evelson: Professor in General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Department of Analytical and Physical Chemistry, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His research is focused on the biochemistry of reactive oxygen species, focusing on oxidative stress (particularly the role of mitochondria) and antioxidants in inflammatory processes triggered by the exposure to environmental stressors.
Silvia Álvarez: Assistant professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research is focused on inflammatory mechanisms, mitochondria and ER stress in endotoxemia.


     2. ECR networking event (Tuesday 6th June, at 18:30, Mancini Foyer & Olympia Mancini 1).

Directly after the “Meet the Professors” session we are inviting you to join our yearly networking event. Following a successful launch event in Ghent last year, we are delighted to welcome you to our ECR-only (Students, Postdocs and Assistant Professors) meet and greet event again this year! Join us for an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and enhance your conference experience. There will be beers and super cute stickers …

More information about the ECR Subcommittee can be found on the SFRR-E website (, while regular updates can be found on Twitter (@SFRR_Europe) and Instagram (@sfrr_ecr). For any question or suggestion you might have, you can contact us via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hope to see you in Vienna,
The ECR subcommittee


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