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IBEC has been awarded for the second time the ‘Human Resources Excellence in Research’ from the European Commission, in recognition of its commitment to continuously improving its HR policies. With multiple actions in line with The European Charter of Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code), IBEC renews the logo for the next three years.
A Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation (DNP) Polariser for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) has been recently installed at IBEC, being the only one in operation in Spain, and among the few ones existing in Europe. This equipment can improve up to 10000 folds the signal compared to a conventional NMR procedure and allows for the study of cellular metabolism in real time.
Despite its importance in the fight against pandemics such as COVID-19, a lesser-known face of nanomedicine is its potential to contribute to solutions to so-called rare or minority diseases. Coinciding with February 28th, the world day for rare diseases, experts invited by the Nanomed Spain platform and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD) present the latest advances in nanomedicine against three of these disorders: muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and Fabry disease.
At the press conference held this morning at the San Rafael Hospital, the Rafael Hervada prize was announced. Zaida Álvarez, current researcher at IBEC, has been awarded for her pioneering research on regeneration of spinal cord injuries using nanotechnology at the Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.
Yesterday, the strategic research programme in the area of biotechnology applied to healthcare was presented in Barcelona. The programme will be implemented through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism Complementary Plans and will run until the end of 2024.
Last February 11, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, IBEC researchers and staff gave talks in different schools around Catalonia. The objective of these meetings was to bring science closer to schools and to make more visible female scientific talent.
This February 4, World Cancer Day, experts from hospitals, research centres and foundations met virtually with some 80 attendees, at the event organised by Nanomed Spain, to publicise the latest advances in nanomedicine against cancer. This is the seventh edition of the Nano World Cancer Day, an event that is fast becoming a benchmark in Spain.
The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) has signed an agreement with the Secretariat of Rural Schools of Catalonia to bring bioengineering to places in the Catalan territory with lower population densities. IBEC, which is in this way contributing to democratising knowledge and uniting the territory, has already begun its innovative project at several rural schools in Solsonès.
Veronika Magdanz, of the Nano Intelligent Devices Group led by Samuel Sánchez, as well as Iris Batalha and Mohit Kumar of the Molecular Bionics group led by Giuseppe Battaglia, have been selected among more than 700 candidates for a fellowship within the competitive postdoctoral call for young scientific leaders of “La Caixa Foundation”. Thanks to these grants, researchers will work on innovative micro and nano systems that seek to contribute to better understanding and to find solutions to health problems.
Professor Elisabeth Engel from IBEC, coordinator of nAngioDerm European project, presented the advances of the project at the 6th world congress of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS2021). Professor Engel talked about cells-materials interactions to promote vascularization in one of the most important scientific conferences in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.