Xavier Trepat receives the ERC Advanced Grant to lay the basis of a new generation of biological robots

The researcher at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Xavier Trepat, has received the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) worth 2.5 million euros.

Thanks to this grant the expert and his group will be able to study the mechanical properties of the epithelium in 3D and to lay the foundations for a pioneering technology called “Epifluidics”, which will allow the design of biological robots.

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IBEC researchers contribute to an international study to regenerate infarcted hearts

Within the EU project BRAVƎ, experts at Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) combine cell therapy and bioengineering to design a biological device that recovers cardiac functionality in people with cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers at IBEC led by the ICREA Professor Núria Montserrat contribute to the EU project BRAVƎ, an initiative for cardiac regeneration that combines cell therapy and bioengineering to design a biological device capable of recovering cardiac functionality in people with coronary heart disease.

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The third edition of the “Crazy about Bioengineering” program is ongoing

They are crazy, yes, but about science. 24 high-school students from different schools around Catalonia participate together with the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in the “Crazy about Science” program, promoted by Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation since 2013.

This is the third year in a row that IBEC gets involved in this initiative and, as always, the aim is to encourage scientific vocations among young students.

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IBEC renews the accreditation as a unit of scientific culture and innovation

IBEC’s Communication Unit is again credited as a member of the Network of the Scientific Culture and Innovation Units (UCC + i), through the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) for its contribution to the scientific culture.

The Scientific Culture and Innovation Units (UCC+i) act as intermediaries between institutions and citizens, with the aim of promoting scientific, technological and innovation culture.

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Nuria Montserrat wins Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo Award

Núria Montserrat, ICREA research professor and principal investigator of the “Pluripotency for organ regeneration” group at IBEC, has unanimously won the XXXI Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo Award for Basic Research granted by the “Fundaciópn Renal Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo”.

Her Majesty Queen Sofia presented the nephrology research awards to the winners of the last two editions, corresponding to the 2018 and 2019 calls.

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The BioVac project led by IBEC and ICN2 awarded at the BIST Ignite Awards 2020

BioVac, a project led jointly by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) has been awarded the BIST Ignite Awards 2020.

The aim of this collaboration is to populate nanoparticles with antigens to create a new generation of vaccines against untreatable infections and multi-resistant bacteria. The award ceremony of the BIST Ignite Awards 2020 will be held on March 11 at the Auditorium of La Pedrera.

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The EMBL-IBEC Winter Conference comes to an end with a huge success in terms of participation

This week, 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.

At the opening of the event, which was led by the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, attention was drawn to Barcelona’s consolidation as an international centre of research and knowledge.

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IBEC emphasizes the role of women in science

Within the framework of the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) has brought their researchers to different Catalan schools to assert the role of women in science and promote STEAM careers to young people as an attractive vocation.

Today February 11, IBEC has joined the initiative “100tíficas” organised by the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRi), in collaboration with the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya, to claim the role of women in science.

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HealthTech World Cancer Day 2020 “Smarter technologies to beat cancer!”

IBEC-managed Spanish Nanomedicine Platform, NanoMed Spain, is co-hosteing the seventh edition of Health TECH World Cancer Day, a global initiative organized as part of World Cancer Day. It’s the fifth year running that the platform hosts the conference, which will take place next 3rd February at Sala Pau Viladiu at Hospital Duran i Reynals. Josep Samitier (Scientific Coordinator of NANOMED Spain and Director of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia) and Isabel Fabregat (Coordinator of the Molecular Mechanisms and Experimental Therapy in Oncology Program and Researcher at IDIBELL) will be in charge of the opening ceremony.

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IBEC signs a new agreement with ICMS of TU Eindhoven

The institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), a research institute of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), have signed the first agreement between the two institutes to foster their collaboration. Both research centres share similarities such as their multidisciplinarity, their active missions to connect with industry and clinicians, and a strong research in nanomedicine, chemical biology, chip technology, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. This institutional alliance will allow to share resources, knowledge and provide mobility programs.

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