IBEC researcher’s ERC project highlighted in Madrid exhibition

This weekend Javier Ramon’s European Research Council-funded project, DAMOC, was one of eight highlighted in a special exhibition in Madrid to mark the ERC’s tenth anniversary.

Alcobendas’ Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (MUNCYT) displayed the most “outstanding” projects led by researchers in Spain as part of a full weekend of activities to celebrate the first decade of the prestigious funding body, which was launched in 2007 by the European Union and has funded nearly 7,000 researchers, among them six Nobel Prize winners.

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Javier, IBEC’s latest ERC winner, was one of just six researchers in Catalonia to have been awarded a 2016 Starting Grant. His project, Diabetes Approach by Multi-Organ-on-a-Chip’ (DAMOC), will design an innovative new tool to test drugs for diabetes. As well as improving drug testing approaches, the multi-organ-on-a-chip device will provide new therapies to prevent the loss of beta cell mass and defects in the glucose uptake in skeletal muscle associated with type 2 diabetes.

DAMOC and just seven others were chosen by organisers FECYT to feature in MUNCYT’s exhibition to showcase the best of Spain’s ERC projects. The display will remain in place until later in the year.

Look out on Facebook and Twitter for IBEC’s own celebration of the ERC’s tenth birthday over the next few days, in which we will be showcasing all our winners: Javier Ramon, Xavier Trepat, Pau Gorostiza, Nuria Montserrat, Elena Martinez and Samuel Sanchez.