Between the 8th and 13th June, the second edition of the “Barcelona City and Science Biennial” took place, and IBEC was one of the centers that contributed with its experts and the commissioner Nuria Montserrat. In addition, this Biennial culminated with the 14th edition of the Science Festival, with many proposals to live science in first person.
The Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) intensify their collaboration to face health challenges. With the last translational conferences, both institutions reinforce the alliance signed in 2012 to address, among others, infectious, neurodegenerative diseases, rare diseases, tissue regeneration, pediatric cancer or Parkinson’s.
IBEC experts participate in the XIV Annual Conference of Biomedical Research Technology Platforms, focusing on research opportunities following the pandemic caused by COVID19. Josep Samitier, Teresa Sanchís and Nuria Montserrat highlight the advances made in nanomedicine and bioengineering for health, and join the voices that recommend increasing resources for the entire sector of basic and clinical research.
Coinciding with International Book Day and Sant Jordi, the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) launches the first IBBI comic strip, the first Bioengineering superhero. In this first adventure, IBBI will use its superpowers to generate kidney organoids. This character aims to bring closer bioengineering to the non-scientific public, in an understandable and fun way, one of the disciplines that will mark the medicine of the future.
On the International Women’s Day, the Primary School “CEIP San Rafael” in Cádiz organized a series of activities with the aim of making the role of women in science more visible. Focusing on the figure of Nuria Montserrat, researcher ICREA at IBEC, and under the motto: “Nuria Montserrat: a woman of the future… and of the present,” the students honoured this scientist and recognized the work that, like her, is done by many researchers in our country.
The association of “Families and Friends of Children with Neuroblastoma” (NEN) and IBEC sign a collaboration agreement to search for new therapeutic markers for this type of cancer, through the generation of models based on engineering techniques. The project will be led by Dr. Áranzazu Vilasante, IBEC researcher.
The Spanish Nanomedicine Platform (Nanomed Spain) has renewed the “Aid to Technological and Innovation Platforms” for the period 2021-2022 granted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Josep Samitier, director of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, coordinates the Nanomed Spain platform since its foundation in 2005.
The “la Caixa” Foundation and BIST are creating a chemical biology programme to promote two new cutting-edge research groups at IBEC and IRB (both centres are members of BIST). The initiative aims to attract talent from the field of chemical biology, and to create an ecosystem that fosters research excellence in improving health.
Alberto Elosegui-Artola, IBEC alumni and expert in mechanobiology, will start in a few days his own research group to study cell and tissue mechanics at the Francis Crick Institute, in a joint appointment with the Physics Department at King’s College London. This is another example of great success of IBEC alumni in the international scientific arena.
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Dr. Silvia Muro as a member of the college of Fellows for her achievements on the behavior of nanomedicines at the cellular and molecular levels.