Dear colleague,

As you know, GEIVEX is a young, but already consolidated, non-profit organization which exists to promote research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the field of Extracellular Vesicles (EVs). Our aim is to advance personalized medicine by developing new tools and biomarkers with high social impact to generate benefits and equality in global health. The highlight of this year that is coming to an end was our extensive participation in the co-organisation, with the International Society of EVs, of the annual meeting of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) held in Barcelona last May. Here we present the new activities we are already planning for 2019 and that we hope you might find of interest to your research group.

We are excited to announce that the 5th International GEIVEX symposium will be held on 6-8th of November 2019 in Granada, Spain. As usual, we expect that most research groups from both Spain and Portugal will attend this meeting, together with a select group of international speakers. On this occasion, we are also planning a Hands-on workshop on the pre-meeting day dealing with “Biomarkers and EVs: concepts, advances and technical considerations”. Research in EVs, like many other fields, combines basic and clinical aspects, and this is the basis of our translational work. This 5th International Symposium will focus on novel concepts in EVs. In order to achieve productive discussions and maintain the excellent standards of our symposia, we are already working to provide a list of high-quality keynote speakers for each session.

Above all, we consider this 5th International Symposium in 2019 as an important opportunity to create and strengthen partnerships between professionals dedicated to EVs, from both basic and clinical fields and also to have the opportunity to meet the renowned speakers. The chosen venue will be the Paraninfo of the Medical School of Granada University (UGR), easily accessible from the city centre by metro and bus and located in the Health Technological Park (PTS) and surrounded by university buildings; the Faculty of Health Sciences; the University Hospital as well as research-focused institutions including the Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine “López-Neyra” (IPBLN) ( from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); the Pfizer-UGR-Junta de Andalucía Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENYO) (, the Biobanco del Sistema Sanitario Público de Andalucía; the BIC Business Center Granada; the Advanced Multifunctional Centre for Simulation and Technological Innovation (CMAT) and the Biomedical Research Centre (CIBM-UGR).

We look forward to your active and enthusiastic participation in the meeting and also to enjoy an exceptional location.

Finally, we are also proud to let you know that we have received approval from the highly prestigious International University Menendez Pelayo (UIMP) for a three days summer course to be held in 2019 in Valencia before the summer break.

                                   Hernando del Portillo

                                    GEIVEX President