2018 MouseAGE Training School

Eighteen participants took part in the MouseAGE Training School Behavioural Phenotyping in mice - focus on longitudinal studies in ageing on 10-12 July 2018 at the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas “Alberto Sols”, Madrid, Spain. 

Organised by MouseAGE Core Group member, Dr José Luis Trejo, the training school was directed at both beginners and experimenters with some ability in behavioural phenotyping who wanted to extend their knowledge in the specific tasks and their application to ageing mice. Following the successful completion of the training school, participants are now able to:

  • Design basic experiments based on Morris water maze protocols, object recognition tests, auditory brain stem response, or acoustic startle response, with a specific focus to ageing studies
  • Perform the technical execution of the different tests and protocols
  • Manage and analyse the data


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MouseAGE Meeting ROME 2018 - Call for bursary applications and abstracts

COST Action BM1402 is pleased to announce that calls for bursary applications and abstracts are now open for the MouseAGE meeting:
Geroprotectors: achievements and challenges

Rome, Italy

24th – 25th September 2018

The meeting will take place at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and will start at 9am on Monday 24th September and conclude at 4pm on Tuesday 25th September.

The key themes to be discussed are:
·        What’s new in healthspan and geroprotectors
·        Models of frailty and resilience
·        Multimorbidity and digital health

Speakers at the meeting will include Dan Ehninger (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Germany), Costas Bekas (IBM Research Zurich, Switzerland), Alessandra Marengoni (University of Brescia, Italy) and Alessandro Blasimme (ETH Zurich,Switzerland).

There are a number of bursaries available for researchers to attend the meeting - these will cover accommodation, travel and meals in line with COST reimbursement rules. COST rules on reimbursement are detailed in the COST vademecum which can be found here: Reimbursement will occur after the meeting.

Please use the form HERE to register your interest in attending the meeting, apply for a bursary and submit your abstract. Submitted abstracts should also be emailed to

Deadline for submitting the form is Wednesday 4th July 2018.

Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their bursary and abstract applications within two weeks of the close date (4 July).

Please contact if you have any questions.

ITC Conference Grants Open

ITC Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and early career investigators (ECIs) with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC. ITCs are Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.

The applicant must make an oral or poster presentation at the conference and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the presentation must be in line with the objectives of the MouseAge action BM1402 and COST must be acknowledged.

The proposed conference to be attended must take place before 1 November 2018.  Attendance at European conferences is preferred. However, conferences held elsewhere can also be considered. Conferences, meetings and other activities organized by COST/MouseAGE are not eligible.

A Conference Grant is a contribution towards the conference fee, overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee. The calculation of the financial contribution for each Conference Grant must respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of €2500 in total can be claimed by each successful applicant;
  • Up to a maximum of €160 per day can be claimed for accommodation and meal expenses;
  • Up to a maximum of €500 can be claimed for the conference fees to be incurred by the selected Grantee.

 Applications containing the following information should be sent to

- CV

- Motivation letter containing: (1) detailed information about the conference, (2) motivation how attending is going to benefit the applicant, (3) motivation in what way the conference themes align with the aims of the MouseAge Action, and (4) a clear breakdown of the budget requested.

- Abstract of oral / poster presentation

- Evidence of acceptance to conference and the conference fee amount

MouseAGE ITC Conference Grant applications can be submitted until 15 June 2018. The applications will be reviewed by the MouseAge Action core group based on the above-mentioned criteria and applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after 15 June.

After the conference the successful applicants must submit a scientific report (template available and mandatory), travel documentation, and fee invoice (if applicable) within 15 days.  The grant is only paid after submission of the requested information.


Applications Open for MouseAGE Training School

COST Action BM1402 - Development of a European network for preclinical testing of interventions in mouse models of age and age-related diseases (MouseAGE) invites researchers to apply for the following training school:

Behavioural Phenotyping in mice: Focus on longitudinal studies in ageing
10th-12th July 2018
Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas “Alberto Sols”, MADRID, SPAIN

A provisional programme for the training school can be downloaded below.

There are 18 places available for this training school. 

A bursary of 780 EURO will be available to participants as a contribution to the cost of travel, accommodation and meal expenses incurred. 

Those wishing to apply should complete the form at: 

Applicants should include details of their motivation for applying for this training school, why they wish to attend and how it will benefit their research, career and CV. 

They should also send their CV to

Applications close Monday 7 May 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 21 May 2018. 

If selected to participate in the training school, you will receive an invitation via the e-COST portal. After accepting the invitation, participants will be eligible for reimbursement according to COST rules. Further details will be sent to successful applicants. 

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