Registration open for Bojos per la Ciència 2018

Registration for high school students is open until 23rd October for “Bojos per la Ciència” (Crazy about Science), the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera initiative that aims to encourage scientific vocation.

2018 will be the first year that IBEC takes part in the programme, first launched in 2013, which offers courses – held on a series of Saturdays throughout the year – to selected high school students who show aptitude in science.

The theoretical-practical sessions taught by researchers at the participating research centers, which include IRB, CREI, ICN2, ICIQ and more, cover topics such as biochemistry, biomedicine, economics, physics, food, mathematics, nature, new technologies and chemistry.

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Presenting IBEC’s 3D bioprinting capabilities at the second IN(3D)USTRY event

This week IBEC is attending the second edition of “IN(3D)USTRY: From Needs to Solutions”, the international meeting devoted to 3D printing.

The institute has a stand in the exhibition area, where Head of Technology Transfer Xavier Rubies, Technology Transfer manager Xavier Puñet and Nanotechnology Platform Coordinator Mateu Pla are welcoming visitors interested in finding out more about IBEC’s 3D bioprinting capabilities.

Yesterday lunchtime IBEC director Josep Samitier gave a talk about the challenges and possibilities of 3D bioprinting, where he outlined some of IBEC’s relevant projects including the cardiac regeneration research by Nuria Montserrat’s group and the bioreactors being developed by Elena Martinez.

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IBEC at active ageing festival in the UK

Yesterday and today IBEC has been exhibiting at the Coventry Life Festival in the UK, a celebration of active ageing which is taking place in the university town not far from Birmingham.

Sunday saw more than 1000 middle-aged and elderly residents and their families flock to the city for the Vitality Marketplace, a showcase of resources and information about healthy and active ageing.

Supported by EIT health, IBEC’s stand is demonstrating the 3D bioprinting techniques being optimised in the institute to tackle age-related disease by creating biomaterials to aid the regeneration of organs such as the heart, as well as giving out information about the institute to potential masters and PhD students.

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Samuel breaks own record for smallest jet engine

Samuel Sanchez has broken his own Guinness World Record for the smallest jet engine.

The ultimate authority in record-breaking achievements has recognized his and Xing Ma’s nanotube, 220nm or 0.00022 millimeters in size, as the world’s tiniest jet engine. Previously, Samuel and his collaborators from IFW Dresden held the record until this year, with a 600nm tube.

The tubular ‘engine’ is powered by an enzyme-triggered biocatalytic reaction using urea as fuel. The reaction creates an internal flow that extends out into the surrounding fluid through one of the cavities, causing a flux of fluid that results in thrust, propelling the nanotube along.

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3D bioprinting and its practical applications in health

The Spanish Platform for Nanomedicine (NANOMED Spain), the Spanish Platform for Innovation in Healthcare Technology and the HealthTech Cluster came together today for a conference on 3D printing and its applications in the health sector in Barcelona.

Clinical researchers from all over Spain, hospitals, health authorities and representatives of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health technology companies, among others, met to discuss the use of 3D bioprinting – 3D printing with cells – whose potential in the field of health, and particularly in tissue and organ regeneration, is huge. During the event’s three round table discussions, they talked about the current situation, future prospects and challenges presented by this new technology.

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IBEC to represent Catalonia in EC’s Smart Specialisation Platform

IBEC is to be the official representative of Catalonia in the European Commission’s Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation (S3P-Industry) in the area of Medical Technology.

S3P-Industry, which was launched in 2016, is one of three Smart Specialisation Platforms created by the EC to help regions develop or share infrastructures such as testing facilities, pilot plants or data centres, with the ultimate goal of fostering interregional cooperation in specialist areas and creating an investment pipeline of mature projects.

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ERC success for Lorenzo Albertazzi

The Nanoscopy for Nanomedicine junior group leader was successful in the European Research Council’s 2017 call for Starting Grants, of which just 17 out of the total of 406 have been awarded to scientists working in Spain.

Lorenzo’s project, “Design of Nanomaterials for Targeted Therapies Guided by Super Resolution Imaging” (NANOSTORM), plans to use super resolution microscopy to examine nanomaterials that have potential as therapies for cancer, and understand their interactions with their target: the diseased cells. Doing so will help identify the key principles that are needed to rationally design the next generation of targeted, super-efficient cancer treatments

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Nobel Laureate is special guest speaker at IBEC event

Yesterday IBEC welcomed Prof. Edvard Moser, Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology 2014, as the keynote speaker in a special event to mark the move of ICREA professor and ERC grantee Prof. Paul Verschure to the institute.

During the event entitled “From the Science of Memory to the Future of Neuroengineering”, held at Palau Macaya and supported by Obra Social “La Caixa”, Prof. Moser talked about his pioneering work into the basic neural computations that underlie cognition and behavior –

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Inphinit success for IBEC

IBEC will welcome no fewer than three new PhD students with fellowships from the “la Caixa” Foundation’s new Inphinit programme, placing the institute fourth among the 28 centres that were chosen.

The doctoral fellowship programme, which aims to attract international early-stage researchers to the top Spanish research centres – namely the MINECO-selected Severo Ochoa centres and Maria de Maeztu units of excellence, and the Spanish Ministry of Health’s Carlos III centres of excellence – closed its first call in February this year.

It attracted 438 applications for the 57 positions, which are co-funded by the European Commission through COFUND, one of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie initiatives of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

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IBEC researcher in Barcelona Global science session

IBEC’s Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies group leader Elisabeth Engel was one of five scientific guests to take part in a round table session at yesterday’s annual general assembly of Barcelona Global at the PRBB.

Moderated by Barcelona Supercomputing Centre’s associated director Josep Maria Martorell, the session, “Barcelona on the Frontiers of Science”, looked at how Barcelona research is pushing global science forward, discussing advances and collaboration initiatives in emerging areas such as 3D printing.

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