Mind the Byte takes the stage during Pint of Science 2018 Festival

Mind the Byte takes the stage during Pint of Science 2018 Festival

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Member of Mechanocontrol consortium Xavier Trepat elected member of EMBO

Member of Mechanocontrol consortium Xavier Trepat elected member of EMBO

IBEC group leader and member of Mechanocontrol consortium Xavier Trepat has been elected as a Member of EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organisation.

EMBO’s members are 1,800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences, and new ones are elected annually in recognition of their contributions to scientific excellence. Of the 62 researchers from 24 countries to receive membership this year, Xavier is one of the only two researchers in Spain.

The Integrative Cell and Tissue Dynamics group leader is IBEC’s first full EMBO Member, and one of just 79 based in Spain. In 2016 IBEC group leader Pere Roca-Cusachs was accepted into the EMBO Young Investigator Programme.

 

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5 Criteria to create the ideal 3D cell culture model

5 Criteria to create the ideal 3D cell culture model

Today we echo an interesting post by Noviocell which summarizes the key factors to best re create the cell environment with a cell culture model.

3D culture in naturally derived hydrogels such as Matrigel or collagen matrices has shown to drive cellular self-organization and complex morphogenetic processes to result in sophisticated in vitro models. However, current methods mostly rely on natural derived materials that fail to enable fine and controlled manipulation of matrix parameters and culture conditions.

How do we create the ideal 3D cell culture model?

   Read it on the NOVIOCELL website.

Mechanobiology made easy

Mechanobiology made easy

During this month, at IBEC we had several workshops on mechanobiology. With Escola Roig Tessàlia, on 7th March, our students Ariadna and Macià (from Xavier Trepat’s group) have explored how cells exert forces and the students have measured them and created a cell membrane model. Later, on the 14th, escola Nazaret also visited us and this time the workshop was imparted by Xarxa (from Pere Roca-Cusachs’ group) and Ariadna.

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Mind the Byte wins 2018 Biosuccess Award

Mind the Byte wins 2018 Biosuccess Award

Yesterday, CataloniaBio & HealthTech awarded the 2018 Biosuccess Award recognising the most important business milestones in biomedicine and health in Catalonia to Anaconda Biomed and Mind the Byte. The ceremony took place during the CataloniaBio & HealthTech Gala Dinner at the Museu Marítim of Barcelona, featuring president of CataloniaBio & HealthTech, Jaume Amat; CEO of ACCIÓ, Joan Romero; director general for Research and Innovation in Health, Albert Barberà; and over 200 entrepreneurs, executives and investors from the sector.

 

 

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Pere Roca-Cusachs wins City of Barcelona award

Pere Roca-Cusachs wins City of Barcelona award

This was the moment that IBEC group leader Pere Roca-Cusachs received the City of Barcelona Award for the life sciences from Barcelona mayor Ada Colau. 

Pere won the prize for his study in Cell last year which identified a mechanism by which tissue rigidity regulates cell survival and proliferation, as well as its implications in diseases such as cancer and liver and lung fibrosis. The ceremony took place last night in the city council’s Saló de Cent, where the twenty winners of this year’s prizes, now in their 17th edition, were congratulated by Ms. Colau and Culture Commissioner Joan Subirats.

The prestigious City of Barcelona awards recognize outstanding creativity and research carried out in Barcelona that contribute to culture and society in the city. Image © Ajuntament de Barcelona

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Another successful Nano World Cancer Day

Another successful Nano World Cancer Day

The pannel of speakers during a round table.

On Friday the IBEC-managed Spanish Nanotechnology Platform, NanoMed Spain, co-hosted the fifth edition of Nano World Cancer Day, a global initiative organized as part of World Cancer Day.

It’s the third year running that the platform has hosted the conference, which took place at the PCB and was opened by IBEC/NanoMed Spain’s Josep Samitier, who also gave a presentation about the platform.
The latest innovations in nanomedicine for cancer were presented and discussed in front of an audience of more than 90 researchers, clinicians, students and industry professionals, as well as journalists.

The other speakers were Ana Roda of the Fundación Científica de la Asociación Española contra el Cáncer (AECC); Salvador Borrós and Anna Cascante of SAGETIS Biotech; IBEC’s Pere Roca-Cusachs and Joan Montero; and Jaume Mora, Scientific Director of onco-hematology at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. They presented various new advances in the field and what they may imply in terms of new opportunities in diagnostics and therapies against cancer. Mechanocontrol coordinator, Pere Roca-Cusachs, showed his research in mechanobiology applied to the fight against cancer.

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Mechanocontrol at the ASCB EMBO meeting

Mechanocontrol at the ASCB EMBO meeting

Philly ready for ASCB. Source: @xtrepat, twitter.

Philadelphia has held the last ASCB EMBO Meeting, in which many of the Mechanocontrol members have been actively involved.

From December 2 to 6, the Pennsylvania Conventions Center has held one of the biggest meetings in the field of cell biology.

Under the lema Science is an international endeavor,  the 2017 first joint ASCB | EMBO meeting highlights the importance of inclusiveness and of the exchange of information and ideas beyond national boundaries. The Keynothe Speaker of this year’s meeting, Cori Bargman, highlighted the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration for neuronal cell biology with his talk “Building Knowledge by Integrating Levels: Genes, Cells and Behavior.”

 

 
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