IMAB:  Involving the Senior Community in Advances in Bioengineering for health and healthy aging

The IMAB project funded by the FECYT aims to involve the population over 65 years of age so that they know, understand, and give their opinion on the latest research in Bioengineering for active aging. We invite this part of the population to participate in scientific research activities, preparing specific workshops for them.

Organ and tissue engineering constitutes a fundamental facet of regenerative medicine, aimed at addressing and healing diseases through the repair and regeneration of affected organs and tissues. This discipline uses both cells and synthetic materials with the purpose of replacing or restoring damaged structures. At the same time, it is imperative to highlight that the therapies associated with this branch of medicine present ethical considerations and challenges in terms of social acceptance that should not be overlooked.

Would we be receptive to the idea of receiving a synthetic organ instead of a natural one? What would be your perspective if your own cells were used to generate new tissues and subsequently transplant them into other people? Related to this issue, how should laws be configured to effectively safeguard patients’ consent and intellectual property? Finally, what is your opinion on the use of embryonic cells in these contexts?

With the purpose of reducing the extensive waiting lists for transplants and mitigating the problems of incompatibility between donated organs and recipients, various research groups are currently dedicated to the innovative area of bioprinting. In fact, at IBEC we focus on research related to different types of tissues, such as cardiac, muscle and intestinal, with the aim of advancing the development of viable and effective solutions.

With this project, we have set out to facilitate access to the latest advances in bioengineering applied to health that we are developing at IBEC, including the printing of organs and tissues. Through the creation of training and reflective spaces, and the adaptation of resources according to individual needs, we aim not only to share knowledge, but also to generate meaningful dialogue.

The results of this project will be available to the scientific community, giving them the opportunity to learn the opinions and perspectives of citizens in relation to these advances.

From the IBEC, we travel to your center to carry out the activity. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us by writing to

With the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.