Researchers from the University of Northwestern, in the United States, and the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), develop a new injectable therapy that uses synthetic nanofibers to repair spinal cord lesions. Nanofibers, which contain ‘Dancing molecules’ effectively stimulate cellular receptors by promoting spinal cord regeneration. After a single injection, paralyzed animals treated with this new therapy were able to walk again in just four weeks. The article has been published in Science.
Researchers from IBEC, in collaboration with the University of Cordoba, recently published a study where they develop protocols that optimize the use of a technique capable of analysing, at the molecular level, substances present in the aroma of food, managing to differentiate samples of ham from Iberian pigs fed with acorn or feed. This new approach, which uses artificial intelligence to analyse the data, will simplify the analysis of aromas, and can be very useful to determine the traceability and quality of food, and fight against fraud.
Laura Gómez Rubio, member of Core Facilities Unit at IBEC, has won the photo contest “One day at Parc”, organized by the Barcelona Science Parc (PCB), with a picture called “When you do what you love, your dreams come true”.
The IBEC researcher, Zaida Álvarez, has been awarded the 2nd edition of the Mike Lane Scholarship. Thus, Dr. Álvarez has been awarded, for her research in innovative regenerative therapies, almost €17,000, contributed by more than 75 patrons through a micro-patronage campaign and by the Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia.