What are the Training Schools?
COST ACTION networks can share knowledge and support collaboration through Training Schools. Training Schools are organised around research topics and provide dissemination opportunities for the activities of the COST action. TS provide intensive training in emerging research topics within the laboratories and organisations involved in the COST Actions. They are not intended to provide general training. They also offer familiarisation with unique equipment or expertise and are typically but not exclusively for young researchers (ECI-early career investigator, PhD students and <8 years Post-PhD), involved in COST Actions. Training Schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning.

ENIUS Training Schools aim to

• Widen the knowledge of urinary stents.
• Provide intensive training on a new and emerging subject related to urinary stents.
• Offer familiarisation with unique equipment or new methods in one of the laboratories of the Action.
• Provide lectures and roundtable discussions, as well as practical training. Trainers are a key ingredient of our TS and we select them with great care.

The duration of a Training School is normally between 2-4 days.

Training Schools

“Computational Approaches to Ureteric Stent Design”

11-12 September, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

As part of ENIUS, we aim to develop a computational setting to guide and assess future urinary stent designs. This is the first time that such a large scale multicentre computational effort has been applied to urinary stent design. To realise this goal we are bringing together mathematicians, computational scientists, bioengineers, biologists, and clinicians.

To develop the theoretical models necessitates the biomechanical characterization of the urinary tract, taking data from in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo studies. Thus, we enable identification of the components that must be incorporated into any realistic simulator of the urinary tract, including, for example, fluid-structure interaction between urine flow and the ureter wall and the ureteric stent.

Aims and Objectives
This Training School will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, biologists and physical scientists. We will present recent advances in mathematical, computational, in vitro, and in vivo approaches to understanding fluid mechanics within the stented ureter, in order to identify current challenges in urinary stent design that can be tackled using combined experimental and theoretical approaches.

We will assess the material and geometrical properties of current urinary stents, examine current state-of-the-art computational models for urinary stents, and evaluate their usefulness. We will identify the key components that must be incorporated into future computational models of stented urinary tracts.

The aims of the Training School are twofold:

  1. To consolidate a multidisciplinary network (urologists, translational researchers, bioengineers, etc.) actively involved in urinary stent research to facilitate scientific knowledge exchange between young researchers.
  2. To create a cohort of skilled researchers with the necessary tools to develop computational approaches for urinary stents.
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