The conference organised by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) brought together a total of 200 international experts in the field of bioengineering at La Pedrera building in Barcelona.
Silvia Pujals, senior researcher of the “Nanoscopy for Nanomedicine” group at the IBEC, is interviewed in the Lab24 program, where she talks about the importance and need for more women references in science.
After a recent publication about “reprogrammable biological robots” in the PNAS magazine, several media wanted to know the opinion of Nuria Montserrat and Samuel Sánchez (both ICREA research professors and group leaders at IBEC) as experts in this field.
“We have achieved that blind fish recover their vision by adding a light-sensitive molecule to the tank’s water that has a pharmacological effect on their retina, ”explains Pau Gorostiza, ICREA researcher at IBEC, who has been working on the development of light regulated drugs for more than ten years.
Núria Montserrat, investigadora principal del grupo “Pluripotencia para la regeneración de órganos” dio una inspiradora charla ayer sobre bioingeniería y regeneración de órganos, ante más de 1500 estudiantes de bachillerato. Durante su charla explicó como des de pequeña era una niña muy curiosa, quería entender como funcionaban las cosas que la rodeaban y en cómo se inspira en la naturaleza para realizar su trabajo.
Samuel Sánchez, Principal Investigator at IBEC talks about microscopic engines carrying antibodies that selectively destroy cancer cells. Specifically in their group, they create urea-powered nanomotors to fight bladder cancer
The team led by Daniel Navajas, principal investigator at IBEC, together with the Blood and Tissue Bank have developed a bioimplant of stem cells of about 16 cm² that is applied directly to the heart. The bioimplant is composed of decellularised human pericardium and enriched with stem cells from umbilical cord, of great plasticity and, therefore, capable of regenerating tissues.
On the occasion of the annual meeting of the centres of excellence “Severo Ochoa and Maria de Maeztu” (SOMMa) at the 100xCiencia event, held in San Sebastián on November 22 and 23, Elisabeth Engel spoke on radio Euskadi about the intelligent devices they are developing in their laboratory. These bandages release nanoparticles containing calcium ions that are able to heal chronic lesions such as ulcers.
Raimón Jané interviewed at Cope radiostation to talk about the smartphone they developed in their research group that allows to diagnose apnea in an economic, reliable and non-invasive way, the sleep disorder is characterized by recurrent cessation of the flow of air during sleep.
Irene Marco explains at BigVan, the scientific section of La Vanguardia journal, how thanks to microfluidics and research based on the use of “organ-on-a-chip” devices, we can go a step forward towards personalized medicine.