Catalonia and the French regions of the Grand Sud-Ouest, the Auvergne, and the Rhône Alpes are well known for their cutting-edge projects in the clinical application of nanotechnology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The clinical and technological researchers in this area have created a collaboration network, and a number of teams are working together on pluridisciplinary projects.
The control of stem cell potency is the line of research most recently incorporated into the IBEC program under the leadership of Ángel Raya, a research professor at the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). This project, which represents an expansion of the institute’s work in the field, now forms part of IBEC’s Cellular Biotechnology research program.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Science and Innovation Network and the Spanish Technology Platform on Nanomedicine (Nanomed Spain) have organized the UK-Iberia Nanomedicine Workshop. The meeting will be host at the British Embassy in Madrid on Dec 10th and 11th.
The 2nd China-Europe Symposium on Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine, which will take place in Barcelona from 16 to 20 November, brings together over 150 participants and the top specialists in biomaterials from these two geographical areas.
Advances in odour sensing technologies and artificial intelligence have given impetus to the use of smell in various fields, such as food safety, disease diagnosis, security, and the environment. Current electronic noses, based on electronic sensors, have considerable limitations in terms of sensitivity, reliability, and selectivity.
The research team of Artificial Olfaction at IBEC, led by Santiago Marco, organized the Summer School of the International Society for Olfaction and Chemical Sensing (ISOCS). It was held from September 28th, to October 2nd of 2009, at Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Barcelona, Spain. This Summer School was supported by the FP7 Neurochem European project, coordinated by the IBEC’s research team.
The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL) have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of joint research projects. The agreement is part of the BIOPOL project.
IBEC will participate at Symbiosis, the 14th European Congress on Biotechnology, one of the largest and most relevant events of Biotechnology in Europe. This congress is organised every 2 years by the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) in Barcelona. The IBEC Director, Prof Josep A. Planell, will be addressing the conference audience on Tuesday 15th September to explain the Institute´s mission and scientific programme.
From 7th to 11th September, Barcelona will host the Trends in Nanotechnology (TNT) 2009 conference. This high-level scientific meeting provides a broad insight into top level research in all the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, as well as information to the nano community on related policy, regulation and networking initiatives, organised into a series of specific sessions.