School research projects on bioengineering developed at IBEC have great success

Last March Alex Pachón, a stutent that did his research project at IBEC won the CRACKS Prize awarded each year by the University of Girona (UdG) thanks to his School Research Project on nanobiotechnology applied to cancer medicine. Filotea Crasovan won the Foro de Gracia contest.

Alex’s work, entitled ‘The secret of oncological medicine hidden in the nanoworld’, is one of the 25 school research projects tutored last year by IBEC researchers.

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Specifically, researchers from the Institute’s group ‘Smart Nano-bio-devices‘ led by Samuel Sánchez participated in the Alex’s project, such as Tania Patiño, who is a doctor in Cell Biology and an expert in biological nanorobots. 

“Studies in the field of nanomedicine are recent, but relevant enough to become a compelling factor in the field of drug release in the near future,” explains Alex, who used the IBEC facilities to study the behavior of nanorobots designed to attack cancer cells. As of yet, it’s known that these nanorobots are capable of self-propelling, so the experts are studying their possible application in fields such as pharmacology and diagnostic imaging.  

Like Álexfrom the Carles Rahola Llorens Institute (Girona), other students who obtained last year the support and follow-up of IBEC researchers to do their school research projects have presented their projects to different awards. In most cases the winners are not yet known, but there are some exceptions. This is the case of Filotea Crasovan, from the Montserrat Roig Institute, which is settled in Gracia (Barcelona). 

Filotea developed a work entitled ‘Nanorobotics as a possible treatment for brain cancer’ within the “Crazy about Bioengineering” and “BIYSC” program under the supervision of Rafael Mestre, also from the “Smart Nano-Bio-Devices” group and Vicky Vouloutsi from SPECS lab. Thanks to this work she has won two prizes at this year’s edition of the Exporecerca Jove fair: The first one allows Filotea to present her school research project at Saló de l’Ensenyament exhibition, whereas the second one enables the student to expose her work at Science in Action faira scientific dissemination event that will take place next October. 

Likewise, Filotea has already won the Foro de Gracia contest, which allows her to go to the Barcelona Forum, where those students selected to have developed the best research projects will have the opportunity to participate in international research meetings. 

“Carrying out this research project has allowed me to dive into the nano dimension in order to find a possible treatment for brain cancer. Also, I have learned that, as Feynmann said, there is still a lot to discover in the biomedical fieldexplains Filotea.