10th Annual Conference of Biomedical Research Technology Platforms

The Spanish Platform for Nanomedicine (NanoMedSpain), led by IBEC Director Josep Samitier, is participating once again in the Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research in Madrid this week.

This year, NanoMed Spain has invited Pier Maria Fornasari, Director of Complex Structures at the Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli di Bologna. He will represent the ‘Biofabrication for Regenerative Medicine’ joint proposal sent to the European Commission in response to their call for new FET Flagship initiatives for the next work program.

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IBEC at the Mobile World Congress

This week IBEC is taking part in the Youth Mobile Festival (YOMO) of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, with an interactive stand about bioengineering for cardiac regeneration.

Members of the Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies group, Soledad Pérez, Jesús Ordoño and Gerard Rubí, will explain the research carried out to regenerate the heart using biodegradable and bioactive materials. With the aid of a 3D pen, attendees will be able to replicate one of the techniques that are used for research in this area.

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Conference marks Rare Disease Day 2017

Today, the tenth international Rare Disease Day, IBEC is taking part in an event at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.

Organised by the Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras (FEDER), the Federació Catalana de Malalties Minoritàries (FECAMM) and the Plataforma de Malalties Minoritàries, and supported by GENCAT, CatSalut and the Parlament de Catalunya, the open conference will emphasize the importance of research in tackling rare diseases.

Josep Samitier will take part in a round table at the conference, during which he will present bioengineering applied to rare diseases.

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MECHANO-CONTROL’s kick-off meeting held at IBEC

On Friday last week MECHANO-CONTROL, the largest European project ever coordinated at IBEC, held its kick-off meeting at the institute.

Pere Roca-Cusachs’ project, which is funded by H2020’s FET Proactive programme, will focus on understanding and controlling how cells transmit and detect mechanical forces, with the aim of coming up with new therapeutic and diagnostic approaches for cancer and other diseases.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Saturday 11th February is the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a chance for everyone to take a stand against gender inequality in research.

According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6% (UN).

At IBEC in 2016, female PhD students (38) outnumbered male (29), as did technicians (17 female and 11 male), but in other positions they lag behind.

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80-strong audience at Nano World Cancer Day 2017

Today the IBEC-managed Spanish Nanotechnology Platform, NanoMed Spain, co-hosted the fourth edition of Nano World Cancer Day 2017, a global initiative organized as part of World Cancer Day.

It’s the second year running that the platform has hosted the conference, which took place at Vall d’Hebron Instituto de Oncología (VHIO) and was opened by Josep Tabernero, Director of VHIO, and IBEC/NanoMed Spain’s Josep Samitier, who also gave a talk.

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Training the next generation of advanced microscopy experts

An IBEC group has been awarded EU funding to coordinate a project that aims to train a new generation of researchers in the science and technology of Scanning Probe Microscopes.

Thanks to the Marie Curie ITN funding, the ten consortium members of the SPM2.0 European Training Network – located in Spain, France, Austria, the UK and Italy – will be able to provide researchers with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary scientific training in the field of Scanning Probe microscopies, covering basic science to industrial applications, which should enable them to generate new scientific knowledge.

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€7m project awarded to IBEC to develop therapeutic approaches for cancer and other diseases

mechanocontrolschema_webJanuary 2017 sees the start of the largest European project ever coordinated at IBEC, Pere Roca-Cusachs’ MECHANOCONTROL, which aims to come up with new therapeutic or diagnostic approaches for cancer and other diseases.

Funded under Horizon 2020’s FET Proactive programme, which helps new research communities to be developed by encouraging researchers from different disciplines to work together, MECHANOCONTROL will focus on understanding and controlling how cells transmit and detect mechanical forces.

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PIONER award for IBEC student

ariadnabartrawebFormer IBEC PhD student Ariadna Bartra has been awarded a Premi PIONER from CERCA.

The Signal and Information Processing for Sensing Systems group’s student’s thesis, ‘Detecció d’estats inadequats per la conducció d’un vehicle a partir de la degradació del control dinàmic’, was selected for its “direct applicability and market-minded approach, as well as its impact on improving road safety”, according to the judging panel. Her research carried out in Santiago Marco’s group was connected to the driver drowsiness alerter developed by IBEC and the company Ficosa.

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Samuel Sánchez wins National Research Award for Young Talent

IBEC group leader and ICREA researcher Samuel Sánchez has been announced as the winner of this year’s Premi Nacional de Recerca al Talent Jove (National Research Award for Young Talent) from the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI).

The prestigious honour and cash prize of €10,000 is awarded annually to the most accomplished young researcher in Catalonia.

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