Dr Fatima Saleh from the department of Medical Laboratory Technology was invited by Prof Massimo Pelligrini and Prof Cristina Magnoni to deliver a talk on ‘Mesenchymal stem cells in three dimensions’ to PhD students from the international Doctorate School in Clinical and Experimental Medicine at University of Modena and Regio Emilia, Italy, on 24th of April, 2018. The talk was followed by a tour in the laboratories and discussions on possible opportunities for future scientific collaborations. This was in line with the university strategy to strengthen academic cooperation with international higher education institutions.