In an international collaboration, researchers led by Nuria Montserrat, ICREA Research Professor at IBEC, have generated human mini-kidneys that simulate the kidney of a person with diabetes in the early stages of the disease. These diabetic mini-kidneys open the door to studying, among others, the relationship between diabetes and COVID-19.
Researchers from IBEC, in collaboration with IDIBAPS in Barcelona, have developed nontoxic small spheres able to respond to variations in glucose levels, and producing insulin in vitro. These biomimetic spheroids containing pancreatic β-cells were prepared based on 3D bioprinting. This approach might help in the future improving clinical outcomes of β-cell transplantation strategies for diabetes treatment, as well as for in vitro drug screening platforms.
IBEC researchers Zaida Álvarez, Lorena Ruiz and Anna Seriola, along with 7 other scientists, have been declared winners of this third edition of the “To the Mothers of Science” program organized by the “Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology” (BIST) which aims to support outstanding female researchers on their pathway towards positions of greater responsibility.
Almost half of IBEC workers commute to work by sustainable means, and cycling is used by 1 out of 5 workers.
Working in research is very fascinating, but sometimes commuting to IBEC in public transport or by car, represents the most annoying part of our working day: how many times have you dreamed about just snapping your fingers and being teleported at IBEC or home?!