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Vision restoration by molecular prostheses

magen histológica de la retina de un animal rd10 al mes de edad, en la que se observa una alteración importante de la capa de los fotorreceptores de la retina.

Imagen histológica de la retina de un animal rd10 al mes de edad, en la que se observa una alteración importante de la capa de los fotorreceptores de la retina. A new route towards treatment to recover sight based on controlling the activity of small molecules

The groups of Pau Gorostiza, ICREA Research Professor at IBEC, and Amadeu Llebaria of IQAC-CSIC have developed molecules that can be applied as light-regulated molecular prostheses to help restore vision in cases of retinal degeneration.

Together with their collaborators at ICIQ, INA, IRB Barcelona, CIBER-BBN and the Miguel Hernández and Alcalá de Henares universities, the researchers reveal in Nature Communications today their development of a new class of light-regulated drug, targeted covalent photoswitches (TCPs), that act as prosthetic molecules that can restore photoresponses in degenerated retinas.

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BIYSC: helping students unlock their potential

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BIYSCimageThis month IBEC is taking part in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC 2016), a new initiative that aims to stimulate scientific talent among young people from all over the world.

IBEC’s researchers are contributing via the institute’s BIYSC project, “Instructive Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine”, coordinated by Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies group senior researcher Soledad Pérez. The project aims to help the students understand the basis of regenerative medicine and to find out about developing of target-specific biomaterial scaffolding systems. IBEC’s project is one of ten being offered by research centres in the area within the framework of BIYSC, including IRB, CRG, ICFO, the UB, and ICIQ, and one of four that was fully subscribed.

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