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16 Jan

U12-Nanostructured liquid characterization unit
Characterization of nanomedicines

The quick development of nanotechnology and its application in medicine have generated new alternatives for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases thanks to the novel methods of preparation, modification and characterization of nanomaterials. The knowledge about the behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular level has allowed the creation of tools and processes to observe manipulate and control biological structures on a scale between 100 and 10,000 times smaller than a mammalian cell. Nanomedicine is defined as the application of nanotechnology in view of making a medical diagnosis or treating or preventing diseases. It exploits the improved and often[...]

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24 May

Elastic and adhesion properties of adsorbed hydrophobically modified inulin films on latex particles using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

In a study published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, by Jordi Esquena, Coordinator of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS, among others, it has been shown that the latex particles dispersed with graft-type polymeric surfactants have excellent colloidal stability, which is attributed to the repulsion forces between the particles, which arise from the presence of adsorbed surfactant molecules. These forces of repulsion have been studied by means of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), between an AFM tip and a latex particle, with the presence of surfactant adsorbed on both. It has been observed that this repulsion is maintained even[...]

23 May

Electronic tongues for detecting prostate and bladder cancer

Researchers of the Applied Molecular Chemistry Group, coordinator of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, have participated in the development of a new low-cost system for non-invasive diagnosis of prostate and bladder cancer. It consists of a device of electronic tongues ​​based on metal electrodes, which makes it possible to quickly and easily detect this pathology from a urine sample. The researchers evaluated the efficacy of this system from the analysis of urine samples from patients before and after surgery. In addition, samples were collected from patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, integrated into the non-cancer group for the study of prostate cancer.[...]

19 May

NANBIOSIS at CIBERDEM Annual meeting

Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, has presented NANBIOSIS-ICTS at the annual meeting of all CIBERDEM research groups, which takes place from 17 to 19 May 2017 at the Campus Hotel, on the Campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in Cerdanyola del Vallès. Jesús Izco has explained the opportunities offered by the ICTS NANBIOSIS as a Platform for Research and Biomedical Innovation, giving examples of private-public collaboration in competitive calls (INNPACTOP, Challenges and H2020) in which NANBIOSIS has participated and explained the design of the new Nanomedicine Cascade Characterization Service, in which NANBIOSIS is working on. CIBERDEM (Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases)[...]

18 May

Platform2nano research by Víctor Sebastián, (Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS) awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie

The Platform2nano research project (2012-2016) has just been awarded a second prize in the “Contribution for a better society” category, at the “Mobility Takes Research Further” conference organized by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA 2017) in the framework of the Presidency of Malta of the Council of the European Union. More than 195 researchers from 30 nationalities who have developed their scientific work through the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Scholarships were presented to these awards. The project “Development of a microfluidic platform to produce nanomaterials and assessment on new nanotechnology applications” in which participate the researchers Manuel Arruebo, Laura Usón, Isabel Ortiz[...]

16 May

New gelatine devices that mimic the body’s activity in bone regeneration

The NanoBioCel Group, Coordinator of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS has led the development of new scaffolds (such as burns, trauma or tumour extractions), to regenerate critical bone defects that, in addition to physical support, offers the opportunity to release growth factors temporarily replacing the bone matrix and aiding the regeneration of bone tissue. In order to make the material biodegradable, and reduce the risk of rejection, “we use a collagen derivative, a gelatine that is produced by processing collagen, since it has been found to be less cytotoxic than collagen itself, but maintains the properties we were looking for”, explains[...]

16 May

Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS-ICTS Biomaterials processing and Nanostructuring at ICMAB-CSIC received the visit of high school students

A group of 22 students from the high school La Serra (Mollerusa) visited the Biomaterials and Nanostructuring Unit of NANBIOSIS,  at the Institute of Material Science of Barcelona of CSIC. The visit was an activity within the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology festival 10alamenos9  in which ICMAB participates. The students were guided through the labs by Amable Bernabé, technical responsible of U6, who explained them about nanotechnology, NANBIOSIS-ICTS research infrastructure and the different techniques available at “Biomaterials processing and Nanostructuring Unit”.[...]

15 May

NMR signal enhancement of >50 000 times in fast dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization

Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS-ICTS has participated  in the research results published in the journal Chemical Communication, wich reports the synthesis and the study of a novel mixed biradical with BDPA and TEMPO radical units that are covalently bound by an ester group (BDPAesterTEMPO) as a polarizing agent for fast dissolution DNP. The biradical exhibits an extremely high DNP NMR enhancement of >50000 times, which constitutes one of the largest signal enhancements observed so far, to the best of our knowledge. Some of the researchs were made taking advantage of the characterization facilities provided by ICTS NANBIOSIS. For more information: L. F.[...]

12 May

Nanotechnology and biomedical applications. Gene therapy

Yesterday, at the University of Zaragoza, Prof. Nuria Vilaboa (CIBER-BBN– Hospital Universitario de La Paz) gave a talk  on “Nanotechnology and biomedical applications. Gene therapy“. The event was organized by Manuel Arruebo II Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon), researcher of the coordinating group of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS. In recent years, a multitude of materials of nanometric size have been explored, which because of their small size have properties that give them a great attraction for a wide range of biomedical applications. Prof. Vilaboa reviewed gene therapy technology, where materials at  nanoscale offer interesting alternatives.[...]

11 May

NANOMOL group, coorditator of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS has authored 26% of the scientific articles of ICMAB in NATURE

The Nature Index takes into account the published scientific articles from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017.  This index is elaborated annually based on the affiliations of the authors of scientific articles published in a selection of 68 high-quality journals (http://www.natureindex.com/faq#journals) CSIC appears as the first Spanish research centre in this ranking and occupies position number 38 in the global ranking of 500 research centres worldwide, while ICMAB occupies the first position within the CSIC centre, taking into account the corrected index WFC that shares the work between the different co-authoring institutions and corrects for the overrepresentation of som[...]

08 May

JUMISC awarded with the Prize to the Best Research Practice

Last Friday, May 5, JUMISC was awarded in the 1st edition of Extremadura Health Prices, event organised by Sanitaria 2000, text-editor of the Redacción Médica, the most famous and specialised newspaper in its sector. The contribution of the Extremadura Health Service and the regional health sector were awarded between the 56 nominations included in 14 categories. JUMISC obtained the award of “Best Research Practice”. The event was held in the convent of San Juan de Dios, in Olivenza-Badajoz, and gathered the JUMISC’s Scientific Director, Mr. Sánchez Margallo (on behalf of the institution),  together with other authorities and health managers. A[...]

08 May

New sensor for quick and easy detection of ecstasy

Spanish, Danes and Austrian researchers, including the group led by Ramón Martínez Mánez, coordinator of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, have developed a new sensor to detect ecstasy in a simple, reliable, fast and selective way. Until now, this drug is detected by techniques such as capillary electrophoresis, spectroscopy or chromatography that require the use of expensive technical equipment and qualified personnel. The new method offers the advantages of easy use, low cost and high reliability according to Beatriz Lozano, a researcher at the Interuniversity Institute for Research on Molecular Recognition and Technological Development at the Universitat Politècnica de València and[...]

05 May

2nd SUMMER SCHOOL OF EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETIES FOR NANOMEDICINE (ESNAM/ISNM)

The ESNAM / ISNM Summer School is co-organized by ESNAM and CIBER-BBN (led by Simó Schwartz, president of ESNAN and transfer manager of CIBER-BBN as well as Scientific Director of Unit 20 of NANBIOSIS). The summer school is aimed at any student or professional interested in nanomedicine. It will count on the presence of speakers of recognized prestige in the area, among which are the Scientific Directors and Coordinators of several of the units of NANBIOSIS. The ESNAM / ISNM Summer School will be held on 28-29 September 2017 at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona The registration deadline with accommodation included ends on[...]

04 May

Laura Lechuga in the fight against cancer

Dr. Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS is highlighted in Cinco Días. Elpais Economía  for its fight against cancer and, in particular, for the device developed with its team to detect the disease in matter of minutes “Have you ever wondered why glucose meters are so smart that they just measure sugar? The answer is that they carry specific proteins that only interact with sugar, “explains the doctor.  The same idea lies in the device designed by Laura Lechuga and her research group “With a minimum sample of the patient, it is possible to detect the presenc[...]

23 Apr

NANBIOSIS Scientific Director Dr. Jaume Veciana received a Mention of Honor for his dedication to NANBIOSIS

On April 22, Dr. Jaume Veciana received a Mention of Honor from the current President of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, during the celebration of the X Anniversary of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery “Jesus Usón” for his commitment, effort and dedication in the creation of the Singular Scientific Technological Infrastructures (ICTS) NANBIOSIS, in collaboration with the Center for Biomedical Research Center in Bioingeneering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN). Further information:[...]

20 Apr

J. Santamaría, U9 NANBIOSIS gets 2.5M € to develop a revolutionary cancer treatment

Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS, has obtained, for the second time in six years, an ERC Advanced Grant, one of the most prestigious and extremely competitive European research grants, restricted to senior researchers with a research trajectory of high quality for more than ten years. The CADENCE (Catalytic Dual-Function Devices Against Cancer) project will be financed by the EU with 2.5M € to work for five years with a powerful team: four own researchers and seven others to be selected from candidates from all over the world. With this project the researchers propose a revolutionary cancer[...]

20 Apr

10th Anniversary of the New Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre (JUMISC)

Next Friday, 21st April, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the new JUMISC, betting on training and on research and development activities.  In its ten years of background we emphasize the following figures: 500 trained physicians, 160 training activities per year More than 100 R&D projects with 7.930.800 € funding 17 patents, The creation of a spin-off, The development of 25 apps, More than 623 scientific collaborators, 500 visits received from more than 500 institutions. 10 years full of training courses and European R&D projects. We are so proud for  the promotion and creation of the  Clúster Sociosanitario of Extremadura[...]

18 Apr

New treatments for degenerative diseases of the retina

The final meeting of the TERET project took place last March, an initiative within the RETOS public-private collaboration initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness funded with almost € 1 million. The project has been carried out over the past three years to develop new treatments for degenerative diseases of the retina, focusing specifically on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy ( RD) and retinitis pigmentosa. Unit 10 of ICTS NANBIOSIS has participated in carrying out the pharmaceutical formulation of the active principles, including the synthesis, chemical physical characterization and stability of the formulations over time, evaluation of[...]

17 Apr

Unit 2 Nanbiosis have signed an agreement with a Belgian Enterprise.

U2 unit of Nanbiosis (Custom antibody service) has recently signed a 3-year contract with UNISENSOR S.A. (Liege, Belgium) for producing on a high scale a collection of immunoreagents used in their diagnostic kits. UNISENSOR S.A. is a SME biotech company that develops on site diagnostic systems for food safety. Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS, coordinated by Nb4D-CSIC holds a research collaboration for more than 7 years developing new bioproducts and transferring knowledge to UNISENSOR S.A. As result of the collaboration several diagnostic kits are nowadays in the market, consequently this contract has been signed with the aim to supply UNISENSOR S.A. with immunoreagents for their[...]

06 Apr

MATBIO 2017
Materials for Biomedical Applications Scientific School (BIOMAT-2017)

Registration is now open for the Scientific School on Materials for Biomedical Applications (BIOMAT-2017) that will take place on 19th-22nd of June 2017 in the UAB Campus (Barcelona). This school is organized by ICMAB-CSIC and it is included in the Severo Ochoa activities of the Institute. The school is addressed to last year undergraduate, master and PhD students, who are interested in the development of materials for biomedical applications. The aim of the school is to present the design, development and application of new materials for a wide range of biomedical applications. The school includes lectures from international and loca[...]

06 Apr

Laboratory-scale prototype for the treatment of cutaneous tumours

Ramon Martínez Máñez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, has participated in the development, on a laboratory scale, of a low cost device for treatments based on the application of optical hyperthermia by laser. Among the applications of this technique are the therapies against cutaneous cancer and its objective is to get the death of the tumour cells by overheating. Overheating is achieved by the irradiation of synthesized metal nanoparticles. The prototype developed consists of an infrared laser with a power of up to 500mW able to provide a power density of up to 4W / cm2, a sensor[...]

30 Mar

Methods for the In Vitro Characterization of Nanomedicines —Biological Component Interaction

An interesting article has been recently published, in the journal Personalized Medicine In the context of a public-private collaboration between Cristina Fornagera of Sagetis-Biotech and Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS This review summarizes the main techniques used to assess the interaction of nanomedicines with biological systems, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages. The translation of knowledge from novel designed nanosystems at a research laboratory scale to real human therapies is usually a limiting or even a final point due to the lack of systematic studies regarding two aspects: nanoparticle interaction with biological components and nanoparticle cytotoxicity. For[...]

30 Mar

A new versatile methodology to produce polymeric nanoparticles loaded with gold nanoparticles

Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS together with researchers of her group, Colloidal and Interfacial Chemistry of CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC and the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, University of BarcelonaIn have published the research paper “Versatile Methodology to Encapsulate Gold Nanoparticles in PLGA Nanoparticles Obtained by Nano-Emulsion Templating” in the journal Pharmaceutical Research. The scientists have shown that a novel and very versatile methodology has been developed for the production of polymeric nanoparticles loaded with gold nanoparticles. In this work, gold-nanoparticles (AuNP) have been encapsulated in polymeric nanoparticles using a novel and versatile methodology based on nano-emulsion templating, whic[...]

28 Mar

New bioadhesive with 3D printing technique to improve pterygium surgery

Dr. José Luis Pedraz, head of Nanobiocel group and Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS, participates in the public-private collaboration BIOTAPE project that will develop a new bioadhesive for its application in pterygium surgery to improve the currently used surgical techniques in the treatment of this eye disease that affects the conjunctiva and cornea. The main cause of pterygium is the lack of lubrication of the eye by the tear film. This lack of lubrication may be due to various external factors such as excessive exposure to sunlight, harsh environmental conditions or even allergens, which causes dryness and subsequent[...]

24 Mar

NANBIOSIS: Platforms of INNOVATION and CIBERSAM

On March 15, Jesús Izco presented NANBIOSIS at the conference organized by CIBERSAM on Therapeutic Innovation. The event, that took place in the Hospital del Mar of ​​Barcelona, ​​with an audience of about 80 people, was attended by Jesús Izco, coordinator of NANBIOSIS as a guest to talk about Innovation Platforms. Jesús Izco explained the opportunities offered by the ICTS NANBIOSIS as a Platform for Research and Biomedical Innovation, giving examples of private-public collaboration in competitive calls (INNPACTOP, Challenges and H2020) in which NANBIOSIS has participated and explained the design of the new Nanomedicine Cascade Characterization Service, in which NANBIOSIS is working[...]

22 Mar

Three Scientifics of NANBIOSIS in University of Zaragoza ERC 10 years celebration event

2017 is the year of the X Anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC), created to finance research projects of excellence at the frontier of knowledge of any scientific discipline. The structure of the ERC consists of an autonomous scientific council made up of 22 distinguished scientists supported by an executive agency that is responsible for implementing the program, organizing the evaluation and managing the aid. The University of Zaragoza, hosting three units of NANBIOSIS, joined the celebrations with an event that took place on March 15. Among the assistants, three Scientists of NANBIOSIS recognized with ERC: Jesús Santamaría, Scientific[...]

21 Mar

NANBIOSIS by Pablo Laguna in CIBER-BBN Bulletin
NANBIOSIS by Pablo Laguna in CIBER-BBN Bulletin

Pablo Laguna, Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS considers the added value offered by the ICTS NANBIOSIS in an interview at February 2017 CIBER-BBN Bulletin. “The relevance of the ICTS NANBIOSIS is to make available to the entire scientific community of unique infrastructures that are shared and exploited in the most optimal way avoiding redundancies.” – Explains Pablo Laguna – “Having an incentive interaction mechanism, within the same centre, it has been addressed and are tackling challenges and projects with much greater depth, both in the excellence of the research, and in its possibilities of translation to the clinic[...]

10 Mar

NANBIOSIS at the X Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research

On March 8, 2017, the 10th Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research took place in Madrid on the theme Innovative Medicines, Nanomedicine, Health-care Technologies and Biotechnology Markets. Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, participated in the round table on New Public-Private Cooperation networks, together with the Scientific Directors of the recently created CIBER Areas of Fragility and Aging, Oncology and Cardiovascular Diseases, as well with as the coordinators of the Networks of Clinical Essays and the network of Discovery of Drugs. The coordinator of NANBIOSIS explained the opportunities that the ICTS offers as a Network of Excellence for Research and Biomedica[...]

02 Mar

U 26 NANBIOSIS - New implants for the treatment of infections and bone tumours
New implants for the treatment of infections and bone tumours

Researchers of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS participate in the design and evaluation of the cellular level of a new hybrid material for the creation of intelligent-scaffolds implants that open the door to a more efficient treatment of infections and bone tumors. The main novelty is the incorporation of a mesoporous matrix of silicon, calcium and phosphorus oxides, with molecular gates that would allow the controlled release of substances stored inside the pores, such as antitumor drugs or antibiotics. A molecular gate is a mechanism whose opening depends on certain external stimuli, in this particular case the drugs would only b[...]

02 Mar

U1 NANBIOSIS - Public-Private collaboration to Investigate New Inhibitors Against Pain
Public-Private collaboration to Investigate New Inhibitors Against Pain

Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS, together with Synchroton Alba and the pharmaceutical ESTEVE jointly investigate the mechanisms of new inhibitors against pain ESTEVE, a chemical – pharmaceutical group leader in Spain and with an important international presence, has developed new inhibitors against pain. Collaboration with scientific expertise of the Protein Production Platform and the ALBA Synchrotron will allow studyingthe interaction of these inhibitors with its potential target. The results of the research may help to the better understanding of the effects of the inhibitors and will provide key information to improve their properties. The  Protein Production Platform (Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS) is in[...]

28 Feb

3D printing biocompatible hydrogels

  Researchers of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Montpellier, have laid the groundwork for faster advances in 3D printing for regenerative medicine by creating a system of ink and matrices that offers a solid basis for tissue regeneration. Due to their high water content, hydrogels are highly attractive biomaterials for 3D printing as efficient ‘surrogates’ for the extracellular matrix, onto which cells can be cultured. However, while they are relatively easy to produce using a method called extrusion printing, their stability and structural integrity can weaken when they’re in contact with biological fluids[...]

15 Feb

Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS and the research field of Protein Kinase CK2. 

Ana Paula Candiota and Carles Arús, Scientific Coordinator and Scientific Director of Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS, jointly with other GABRMN members, have recently published an interesting article in the journal Pharmaceuticals, (Special Issue An Updated View on an Emerging Target: Selected Papers from the 8th International Conference on Protein Kinase CK2). This article  is also co-authored by scientifics of a research group with renowned prestige in CK2 research field, the Protein Phosphorylation group, del Dipartimento di scienze biomediche (Università degli Studi di Padova). This publication describes a study with the preclinical glioblastoma (GB) model and its treatment, centered in exploring the potential of[...]

14 Feb

Bioengineering is being strengthened in Spain

Estefanía Peña, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 13 of NANBIOSIS explains her resarch in the program “En route with science” of Aragon Television. Bioengineering consists in the application of the principles of engineering to the field of medicine. In the opinion of Estefanía, coordinator of the Division of Biomedical Engineering and deputy director of I3A (Institute of Research in Engineering of Aragon) Bioingineering is being strengthened in Spain. “Our research develops mathematical models and computational reproduction, especially of cardiovascular diseases and the therapies to solve them. Fundamentally we work on atherosclerosis, which is the appearance and development of atheroma plaque (a cluster of[...]

13 Feb

Titania-coated gold nanorods with expanded photocatalytic response

New communication in the Journal Nanoscale, from the Royal Society of Chemistry by NFP Group, coordinator of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS. Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS together with other authors of the Nanostructured Films and Particles (NFP) Group, coordinator of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS, has published on February 7, 2017, a Communication in the Journal Nanoscale, from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The syntheses of materials during the research have been performed by the Platform of Production of Biomaterials and Nanoparticles of the NANBIOSIS ICTS, more specifically by the Nanoparticle Synthesis Unit, as stated in the publication. Gold[...]

09 Feb

MATERPLAT Steering Committee
Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, leading the Health Innovation Group at the MATERPLAT Steering Committee Meeting

MATERPLAT, the Spanish Technological Platform of Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials, emerged in 2008 as framework for meetings and collaborations between the different agents of the National Enterprise, Science and Technology System interested in promoting the research, development and application of advanced materials and nanomaterials. On February 3, 2017 the leaders of the MATERPLAT Innovation Groups met to define the lines of action of the working groups during the year 2017. These groups are transportation, health, energy, raw materials, and cities Intelligent. They were present, following the order of the photograph: Back row, from left to right: Luis Guaita (KERABEN), José[...]

09 Feb

bioprinted human cells
3DBio-impression systems and bio-ink for the regeneration of cartilage and bone

The Nanobiocel Group, coordinator of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS participate in a public-private collaborative project to reach clinical application in the regeneration of osteochondral lesions, which mainly affect the knee and ankle joints. The new project is funded by the Challenges-Collaboration program of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. It has a budget of 691,000 euros for 3 years and the participation of two Spanish companies (Bioibérica and REGEMAT3D), the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the University of Granada, the Center for Biomedical Research in Network Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER -BBN) and its ICTS NANBIOSIS. The companies[...]

06 Feb

Equations that can save thousands of lives
Equations that can save thousands of lives

Esther Pueyo, from the research group BSICoS, coordinator of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, explains for the program “En route with science” of Aragon Television, her research on arrhythmias: irregularities in the functioning of the heart. Arrhythmias are the cause of 25,000 deaths per year and half of hospital admissions in Spain. First of all they study experimentally (extracting tissues from the heart of animals and humans) how the electrical activity of the said tissues is. Then, the information collected is introduced in mathematical models to understand the heart and to make predictions of what can happen in the future and[...]

06 Feb

A multiplexing nanophotonic biosensor for cancer diagnosis
A multiplexing nanophotonic biosensor for cancer diagnosis

The group Biosensors and bio-analytic applications, led by Laura Lechuga,​ coordinator of Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS, has developed a methodology through a nano-photonic sensor (known as bimodal waveguide interferometer) capable of quantifying, directly and mark-free, the different messenger RNA isoforms generated by alternative splicing. The expertise in biodeposition and biodetection systems of Lechuga’s group has permitted a thorough analytical study and optimization of the methodology, achieving not only total selectivity, but also excellent levels of sensitivity and reproducibility, and obtaining the lowest levels of detection in direct detection of messenger RNA isoforms generated by this mechanism without the need for PCR amplification (polymerase chain reaction). T[...]

01 Feb

STAFF III database published at Physionet
STAFF III database published at Physionet

The  STAFF III database have  gone public at Physionet! https://physionet.org/physiobank/database/staffiii/ The STAFF III database was acquired during 1995–96 at Charleston Area Medical Center (WV, USA) where single prolonged balloon inflation had been introduced to achieve optimal results of percutaneous transluminal coronary angiography (PTCA) procedures, replacing the typical series of brief inflations. The lead investigator Dr. Stafford Warren designed the study protocol together with Dr. Galen Wagner at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC, USA); Dr. Michael Ringborn (Blekinge Hospital, Karlskrona, Sweden) was responsible for data acquisition. The database consists of ECG recordings from 104 patients, accounting for substantial inter-patient variability in[...]

01 Feb

MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM
MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM

Nuria Arias Ramos from GABRMN-UAB, research group coordinator of Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS, presented on January 30th, an oral communication at the youngSMIN | young Spanish Molecular Imaging Network Meeting. The title of the communication is “Multi slice MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM”, written by Nuria Arias-Ramos, SilviaLope-Piedrafita, Victor Mocioiu, Margarida Julià-Sapé, Carles Arús and Ana Paula Candiota. The work is basically centered in extending the preliminary GABRMN study based on MRSI  acquired in a preclinical glioblastoma (GB), both under treatment and control, with pattern recognition and source extraction for noninvasive therapy[...]

31 Jan

Computing in Cardiology President's Newsletter - 2017
Computing in Cardiology President’s Newsletter – 2017

Pablo Laguna, Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS and President of  CinC (2015-2018), presents the details of CinC 2017 in the Computing in Cardiology, which shall be held in Rennes, France, September 24-27 Dear CinC Attendee, One more year has passed and the time to plan the annual conference has arrived.  To help you with this, I would like to bring you an update on relevant aspects related to CinC-2017, including dates, deadlines and events.  I would also like to update you on initiatives, some just consolidating recent developments, such as the Clinical Needs Translational Award (CTA), the Specia[...]

30 Jan

NANBIOSIS at the 10th Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research
NANBIOSIS at the 10th Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research

On March 7 and 8, 2017, the “X Conferencia Anual de las Plataformas Tecnológicas de Investigación Biomédica: Medicamentos Innovadores, Nanomedicina, Tecnología Sanitaria y Mercados Biotecnológicos”  will be held in Madrid.  Several aspects of innovation in the National Health System will be addressed, from a national and international perspective of public-private collaboration. On Wednesday, March 8 at 9:30 am, Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, will explain the opportunities offered by  the ICTS NANBIOSIS as a Network of Excellence for Research and  in Biomedicine,  especially in the fields of nanomedicine and biomaterials. The meeting, which brings together more than 300 scientists and[...]

23 Jan

Nanbiosis - A photonic endoscope to improve the colon cancer diagnosis
A photonic endoscope to improve the colon cancer diagnosis

Last 18th and 19th January, the Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre attended the kick of meeting of the European project “Multimodal highly-sensitive PhotonICs endoscope for improved in-vivo COLOn Cancer diagnosis and clinical decision support” (PICCOLO, the English abbreviation), held in Bilbao. This project proposes a new compact, hybrid and multimodal photonics endoscope based on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Multi-Photon Tomography (MPT) combined with fluorescence technology. Colorectal cancer represents around one tenth of all cancers worldwide. Early and accurate diagnosis and precise intervention can increase cure rate up to 90%. The multidisciplinary team, composed by Tecnalia Foundation, the project[...]

18 Jan

Nanomedicine in B·Debate Fighting Blindness by Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS
Nanomedicine in B·Debate Fighting Blindness by Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS

The recent published Newsletter of Institut of Màcula and the Barcelona Màcula Foundation: Research for Vision reported about the forum  B·Debate Fighting Blindness. Future Challenges and Opportunities for Visual Restoration, September 6-7 , that gathered more than thirty experts in the different areas related with blindness. The second Session, about Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine, was chaired by Jose Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS and Gustavo Puras Ochoa, researcher  of the group Nanobiocel, which coordinates Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS gave a lecture “Non-viral gene delivery for the treatment of inherited retinal disorders” : Many devastating blinding disorders that[...]

17 Jan

Multifunctional biomaterials and nanomaterials
Multifunctional biomaterials and nanomaterials: the new technological revolution.

CaixaForum Zaragoza, Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm: talk by Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS, within the Conference Cycle: Technology, the permanent revolution Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience and, in its modern conception, implies having the ability to design nanomaterials for a specific purpose and to control the manufacturing processes that allow them to have the desired characteristics (composition, size, shape, surface characteristics). This talk presents the developments in nanotechnology as a true technological revolution. The general concepts and the influence of nanotechnology in our lives shall be discussed with examples of recent advances,[...]

16 Jan

Nanbiosis U26 - ribes y martinez-manez development of nanodevices to detect the presence of cocaine
Ramón Martínez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS Co-leads the development of nanodevices to detect the presence of cocaine

Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and CIBER of Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) have developed new nanodevices to detect the presence of cocaine in saliva or in any another aqueous solution. Part of the characterization of the probe was carried out using NMR facilities from NANBIOSIS. The paper is published in the journal Scientific Reports, of the group Nature. The development consists of a molecular gate designed with nanoporous alumina, an aluminum oxide prepared by electrochemical means with pores of micrometric diameter. “A molecular gate -explains Ramón Martínez-Máñez, scientific director of[...]

13 Jan

Nanbiosis U10 Micro and nano capsules that will increase the effectiveness and precision of medicine.
Micro and nano capsules that will increase the effectiveness and precision of medicine.

José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS and members of NANOBIOCEL group, which coordinates Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS, explain for the TEKNOPOLIS program of EiTB, the first communication group in the Basque Country, the development of micro and nanocapsules, gels and scaffolds to solve the problems of administration of new drugs. The new active principles – says Pedraz – that have emerged in recent years from studies of genetic engineering, the production of recombinant proteins and others, have generated new molecules whose characteristics are very different from the conventional active ingredients of chemical synthesis and have raised[...]

21 Dec

EIT Health Spain awards the best innovation and entrepreneurship projects
EIT Health Spain awards the best innovation and entrepreneurship projects

Elisabeth Engel, Scientific Director of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS, has received an award at EIT Health Spain event held this month at the PCB, Barcelona.  The awards have been organized by the Spanish node during 2016 and are part of the financing initiatives of the EIT Health accelerator. Professor Engel participated in the category of ‘Proof of Concept (PoC)” that recognises projects and business ideas that are in stages prior to the creation of the company and projects that are participating in acceleration programs in health. Elisabeth won a prize funded with 25.000 € for Dermoglass, the smart dressing for[...]

21 Dec

Validation of a drug for foot ulcers in collaboration with Cuba
Validation of a drug for foot ulcers in collaboration with Cuba

Nanomol, (Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS) has announced in Cuba that the process of clinical validation of a new drug developed and patented in collaboration with Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba, integrated in BioCubaFarma, has been initiated. The new drug is designed to improve the healing of foot ulcer in diabetics and could be on the market in five years. The collaboration of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba with Nanomol, coordinating group of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, began in 2010. Cuban researchers had developed an effective product in wound healing in diabetics but t[...]

21 Dec

NANBIOSIS lecturers in B-Debate Imaging for Life. From Molecules to Diagnostics and Therapy
NANBIOSIS lecturers in B-Debate Imaging for Life. From Molecules to Diagnostics and Therapy

Last November took place in CosmoCaixa, Barcelona, the B-Debate Days Imaging for Life. Molecules from Diagnostics and Therapy. The event, organized by B·Debate (an initiative of Biocat and “la Caixa” Foundation), IBB and LJS, was focussed on Biomolecular Imaging, with emphasis on molecular, cellular, tissular and small animal research, as well as biomedical applications, including noninvasive diagnostics, image guided surgery, multimodal imaging and theranostics. Scientists of NANBIOIS Unit 20 and 25 were invited to participate as guest lecturers: -Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of Unit 20: New bioluminescent models to target cancer stem cells with nanomedicine. -Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific Coordinator of[...]

19 Dec

Extraordinary doctoral award to Anton Guimerà Brunet
Extraordinary doctoral award

Anton Guimerà Brunet, member of the GBIO group that coordinates Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS, has obtained the extraordinary doctoral award from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for his thesis “Novel methods and tools for corneal barrier function assessment through non-invasive impedance measurements”. This thesis was directed by Rosa Villa, Scientific Director of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS. The thesis covers aspects of basic research as applied, reaching the transference to the biomedical industrial sector and solving a need in the ophthalmological diagnosis to be able to quantify the degree of corneal permeability. This innovation also includes the development of a flexib[...]

19 Dec

Laura Lechuga received the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize
Laura Lechuga received the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize

On December 14th, the Physics Awards ceremony was held at the BBVA Foundation’s headquarters, organized by the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF) and the BBVA Foundation, that each year select the most relevant achievements of Spanish physics. On this occasion the achievements of nanoscience have been recognized and it has been highlighted the power of physics to expand the territory of the known universe and the role of scientists as a core element of social progress. Professor Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS received the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize was the only woman awarded. Lechuga[...]

19 Dec

Biomedical materials that repel bacteria
Biomedical materials that repel bacteria

The magazine Viceversa dedicates a special article to María Luisa González, Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Extremadura and Scientific Director of Unit 16 of NANBIOSIS: Surface Characterization and Calorimetry Unit. One of her latest projects, PHYTECH, has developed a new surface for bone implants containing phytate, a natural product found in plant seeds that favours the regeneration of bone tissue and reduces the risk of infections in implants. Now, her research group is about to start a new European project with implant manufacturers in Austria and Lithuania, whose goal is to obtain a crystalline coating for titanium[...]

19 Dec

NANBIOSIS in three projects funded by CaixaIMPULSE.
NANBIOSIS in three projects funded by CaixaIMPULSE

La Caixa has just presented the twenty projects selected by CaixaImpulse in a call with more than 70 proposals from different research centres, hospitals and universities. CaixaImpulse is an initiative unique in Spain that aims to boost research in biotechnology and life sciences to develop projects that generate value in society. Among the selected projects there are two coordinated by NANBIOSIS researchers: Pseudomonas aeruginosa diagnosis led by Miriam Corredor Sánchez (Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS) and ISCHEMSURG, led by Monica Mir (Unit 7 of NANBIOSIS). In addition, the project ExoLiver, in which participates Rosa Villa and the research group coordinating Unit 8[...]

16 Dec

Best oral communication at the National Congress of Young Researchers in Biomedicine
Best oral communication at the National Congress of Young Researchers in Biomedicine

María Virumbrales, PhD candidate in the research group coordinating of Unit 13 of NANBIOSIS, has been awarded the Prize to the Best Oral Presentation in the I National Congress for Young Researchers in Biomedicine, which took place in Valencia, Spain, on the 28th-29th of November, 2016. The title of the communication was: “Tubeless microfluidic device to mimic tumor microenvironment and monitor cancer-endothelium interactions”. The talk described an in vitro 3D model closely resembling biological tissues and blood vessels, established within a biocompatible material. This model is currently being used to recreate breast tumor microenvironment and evaluate drug efficiency within. [...]

16 Dec

Lipid-based Nanovesicles for Nanomedicine
Lipid-based Nanovesicles for Nanomedicine

Jaume Veciana and Nora Ventosa, Scientific Directors of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS together with other researchers from NANOMOL group, coordinator of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, has recently published an interesting review article in the journal Chemical Society Reviews. This review presents the large plethora of lipid-based nanovescicles available nowadays, focusing on a new generation of non-liposomal L-NVs and showing their similarities and differences with respect to their ancestors (liposomes). Since the overspread of a nanomaterial to the market is also strongly dependent on the availability of technological-scale preparation methods, it also extensively review the current approaches exploited for L-NV production. T[...]

14 Dec

From Chromonic Self-Assembly to Hollow Carbon Nanofibers: Efficient Materials in Supercapacitor and Vapor-Sensing Applications
From Chromonic Self-Assembly to Hollow Carbon Nanofibers: Efficient Materials in Supercapacitor and Vapor-Sensing Applications

Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of the Unit 12 NANBIOSIS is co-author of the research article recently published a research article in the journal Applied Materials & Interfaces. Carbon nanofibers (CNFs) with high surface area (820 m2/g) have been successfully prepared by a nanocasting approach using silica nanofibers obtained from chromonic liquid crystals as a template. CNFs with randomly oriented graphitic layers show outstanding electrochemical supercapacitance performance, exhibiting a specific capacitance of 327 F/g at a scan rate of 5 mV/s with a long life-cycling capability. Approximately 95% capacitance retention is observed after 1000 charge–discharge cycles. Furthermore, about 80% of capacitance is[...]

06 Dec

Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS participates in the FoodSmartPhone project of Marie Sklodowska Curie.
Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS participates in the FoodSmartPhone project of Marie Sklodowska Curie.

The Nb4D group of CSIC, coordinator of Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS led by Pilar Marco has joined the consortium for the FoodSmartPhone project funded by the Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Program. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) support training in research and professional development aimed at innovation skills. The objective of the project is to develop a smartphone-based diagnostic and detection tool for simplified quick pre-selection of food quality and safety parameters. This is because food safety and quality tests are currently inefficient, expensive and ineffective and can not guarantee food safety for all consumers or prevent possible incidents of food[...]

06 Dec

The CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS together with CCMIJU, incorporates two new research groups
The CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS together with CCMIJU, incorporates two new research groups

The CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS together with CCMIJU, has incorporated two new groups. One of them, led by José Miguel López-Higuera, is the Photonics Engineering Group of the University of Cantabria. The other is the Nanotechnology and Apoptosis Group of the Materials Science Institute of Aragon (CSIC-University of Zaragoza) led by Jesús Martínez de la Fuente. The incorporation of these groups has become official in the Governing Council of the CIBER celebrated on December, 1st The CIBER-BBN currently has 47 research groups, selected on the basis of their scientific excellence, working mainly within three scientific programs: 1. Bioengineering and Medica[...]

06 Dec

The Journal “Diario Médico” awards the project "Liver on a chip" participated by researchers of U8 of NANBIOSIS
The Journal “Diario Médico” awards the project “Liver on a chip” participated by researchers of U8 of NANBIOSIS

The 15th edition of  “Best Ideas 2016” by Diario Médico, has awarded the “Liver on a Chip” project, coordinated by Rosa Villa, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS. “Liver on a chip” is a microfluidic camera that simulates hepatic microcirculation and will serve as a tool for in vitro studies and diagnostics of cell function, pharmacology, toxicity and personalized medicine. The device could be applicable to any other biomedical research in That the vascular system has relevance (liver, kidney, cardiovascular and others). This project was already recognized last July with the second prize of the category of innovation in[...]

06 Dec

NANBIOSIS at the CIBER-BBN X Annual Conference and 1st meeting of the NANBIOSIS SAB
NANBIOSIS at the CIBER-BBN X Annual Conference and 1st meeting of the NANBIOSIS SAB

The X Annual Conference of CIBER-BBN, held in Sevilla last 28 and 29 of November, dedicated a Session to NANBIOSIS on Monday afternoon, to which attended national and international representatives of industry and academia users of NANBIOSIS, representatives of EATRIS and members of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of NANBIOSIS, as well as the CIBER-BBN and the CCMIJU researchers. Jaume Veciana, Scientific of NANBIOSIS and Ángela Fernández Curto, Assistant Deputy Director General for Planning of Scientific and Technological Infrastructures of Spanish Goverment presented the Unique Technical Scientific Infrastructure (ICTS) of CIBER-BBN and JUMISC for the production and characterization of[...]

02 Dec

"It is necessary to increase our relationship with European research groups" by José Luis Pedraz - U10 of NANBIOSIS
“It is necessary to increase our relationship with European research groups” by José Luis Pedraz – U10 of NANBIOSIS

Last Sunday, November 27, the Newspaper of Álava published a special supplement with the title “ALAVA 2020”. It contained an article by José Luis Pedraz (Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS) According to Dr. Pedraz, group leader of the CIBER-BBN NANOBIOCEL group, in the next future, important challenges with new technologies will allow a considerable advance in the treatment of diseases of genetic origins. In this context, it is crucial to increase the number of international contacts in order to be able to access new infrastructures more competitively. The opening of new lines of research and the creation of[...]

25 Nov

Conference_10th_CIBER-BBN_2016_Nanbiosis.
X Annual Conference of CIBER-BBN

The next days 28 and 29 of November the X Annual Conference of CIBER-BBN will be held in Seville. Within this Conference, 3 thematic forums have been organized for clinical translation, where doctors will present the current challenges of diagnosis and treatment in certain diseases and a debate will open between doctors and researchers to develop research lines and projects aimed at solving those needs. Taking advantage of the presence of clinical professionals, NANBIOSIS has organized a session dedicated to presenting itself as “Unique technological scientific infrastructure” (ICTS in Spanish) as well as the nodes that are part of it.[...]

24 Nov

Award to research with micronanotechnology.
Award to research with micronanotechnology.

The Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering has awarded a medal to Víctor Sebastián Cabeza, researcher of the group “Nanostructured Films and Particles”, which coordinates Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS. The prize has been awarded in recognition of his work in designing a wide variety of micro-reactors to produce nanomaterials in a controlled and successful manner, reducing time and costs, with applications in Biomedicine, catalysis or energy processes. Dr Víctor Sebastián also received the prestigious Fulbright scholarship in 2009 to carry out a postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on nanomaterials and its development in microfluidics and in 2014[...]

23 Nov

Successful meeting on Biomedicine between the University of Turin and NANBIOSISCIBER-BBN
Successful meeting on Biomedicine between the University of Turin and NANBIOSIS/CIBER-BBN

Last November 8th, 2016 took place in Barcelona, in the Residence of Researchers of CSIC, a meeting of Italian-Spanish scientists, the first Investigators B2B Forum organized by NANBIOSIS. The meeting reached its objective of bringing together the interests of researchers from University of Turin and NANBIOSIS/CIBER-BBN on biomaterials and nanomedicine. Nine groups from L’Università di Torino together with sixteen groups from CIBER-BBN and CCMIJU (partners of NANBIOSIS), got together to explain through short presentations of ten minutes, those lines of their work aimed at finding synergies and potential collaborations. In the afternoon, the groups had the opportunity to discuss in[...]

22 Nov

Extraordinary doctoral award
Extraordinary doctoral award

Ingrid Cabrera, member of the NANOMOL group that coordinates Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, has obtained the extraordinary doctoral award from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for her thesis “Nanovesicle-bioactive conjugates to be used as nanomedicines, prepared by a one-step scalable method Using CO₂-expanded solvents“. This thesis was directed by Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS and Nora Ventosa, Scientific Director of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS. The main objectives of the  PhD Thesis of Dr. Ingrid Cabrera were the preparation and study of multifunctional nanovesicle based nanoformulation of alfa-galactosidase for the treatment of Fabry desease as well as of another multifunctiona[...]

22 Nov

Graphene will revolutionize the world
Graphene will revolutionize the world

Elisabet Prats, researcer of the GBIO Group, coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS, participated in the  #ImproCiencia dissemination event, held on November 16 in Madrid organized by CIBER. Elisabet presented the Neurographene project as a monologue and explained how they are using graphene for Measure the electrical activity of the brain. Based on the latest microfabrication technologies, the devices consist of graphene microsensor matrices mounted on flexible polymer substrates that adapt to the surface morphology of the brain. Each sensor detects tiny changes in the electrical activity around it. Thus, the electrical activity generated by the neurons is detected as[...]

21 Nov

New 3D culture device to better understand how tumours work
New 3D culture device to better understand how tumours work

Scientist of NANBIOSIS in collaboration with other CIBER-BBN researchers have developed a sophisticated microfluidic biomedicine device capable of reproducing in vitro and by 3D bioprinting the complexity of different tumour types. This device allows tumour cells to grow in a 3D environment where nutrients and oxygen are supplied in a controlled way through small capillaries, thus mimicking the body’s own blood vessels. Thanks to this new technology, it is now possible to reproduce in a controlled way all the processes of the tumour environment, which could help to develop new treatments and combinations of drugs that are more effective for[...]

21 Nov

Three Universities among the 200 best in the world in science, hosting 4 Units of NANBIOSIS.
4 Units of NANBIOSIS hosted in three Universities among the 200 best in the world in science.

The University of Zaragoza is one of the 200 best universities in the world in science research, according to the latest Shanghai ranking of 2016 in a specific analysis by macro areas. In order to elaborate this ranking by macroareas indicators such as the number of students and professors who have obtained the Nobel prize or Fields medal, the number of researchers highly cited in the scientific literature, the number of scientific articles indexed in the Science Citation Index and the Percentage of articles published in the most cited 20% scientific journals are used. Only six Spanish universities are among[...]

10 Nov

The Conferences in Nanotechnology of major reference at Spanish level.
The Conferences in Nanotechnology of major reference at Spanish level.

Last November, 7th, the 10th AIN Conference on Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology, held in Zaragoza, brought together experts from research centres, universities and companies on the Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology. Among  them Jordi Reverter, Head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer of ICN2, (Institute housing  Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS) and Ricardo Ibarra, director of Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) which houses Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS) . Joan Parra, director of the technology centre LEITAT  of  Catalonia, described the event as “Conferences of greater reference at Spanish level in Nanotechnology” During the meeting, their experience with nanotechnology was shown by t[...]

10 Nov

Award to the best oral presentation in the 2016 Spanish Society of Cardiology Meeting
Award to the best oral presentation in the 2016 Spanish Society of Cardiology Meeting

The oral presentation entitled “NonInvasive Assessment of an engineered bioactive graft using impedance spectroscopy in a swine myocardial infarction”, presented in the 2016 Spanish Society of Cardiology Meeting, has been awarded. The Heart Diseases Meeting, held in the town of Zaragoza last 27-29th October, was focused on sharing experiences, making contacts and updating some knowledge. The event got together cardiologists, general practitioners, researchers, internists, epidemiologists, practitioner residents and nurses, offering more than 140 activities and nearly 1000 communications. Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Ramón Bragós, Carolina Soler-Botija, Idoia Díaz-Güemes, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Verónica Crisóstomo, Francisco Miguel Sánchez-Margallo and Antoni Bayés-Genís (three of them JUMISC’semployees),[...]

03 Nov

Nanbiosis - Forum and Partnering CIBER-BBN with l’Università degli Studi di Torino
Forum and Partnering CIBER-BBN with l’Università degli Studi di Torino

Next November 8, 2016 will be held at the Residence for Researchers of CSIC in Barcelona a meeting between researchers from NANBIOSIS Units and other CIBER-BBN researchers with researchers from the University of Torino. This event is organized by NANBIOSIS and partially funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through PRONANBIOSIS SAF2015-69388-REDI Project for ICTS. The event consists of a series of presentations by the assistant research groups and B2B partnership, with more than 60 pre-arranged individual meetings and the possibility of organising new meetings after listening the presentations. The final object is to interact to seek collaborations and[...]

03 Nov

X Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology Days
X Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology Days

On 7 and 8 November 2016, will take place in Zaragoza the X edition of the Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology Days. This event is organized by the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) – housing Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS- and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), which houses Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS, in conjunction with the Leitat Technology Centre. The event consists of  two days : The Nov.7th, in the Chamber of Commerce of Zaragoza: Presentation of new industrial applications in nanotechnology, in which companies will present their multiple industrial applications of nanotechnology and Nov. 8th in t[...]

27 Oct

Spanish nanotechnology in the National Academy of Medicine of USA
Spanish nanotechnology in the National Academy of Medicine of USA

Maria Jose Alonso, (faculty of pharmacy, University of Santiago de Compostela) is one of the nine new international members elected by the Academy of Medicine of the United States. The current number of international members is 146, being two of them Spanish researchers, working in Spain (the other Spanish member is Josep Dalmau, professor of neurology at the University of Barcelona. Maria José Alonso occupies the ninth place in the international ranking Times Higher Education (Thomson Reuters), it has 19 patent families. Her lab has been a pioneer in Spain in the field of nanotechnology and has made significant advances[...]

26 Oct

Water-in-water (W/W) emulsions
Water-in-water (W/W) emulsions

Jordi Esquena, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS, has recently published an interesting review in the journal Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, about W/W emulsions. Dr. Esquena describes the general background of research in the field and focuses on recent scientific advances and applications. Water-in-water (W/W) emulsions are colloidal dispersions of an aqueous solution into another aqueous phase. Such dispersions can be formed in mixtures of at least two hydrophilic macromolecules, which are thermodynamically incompatible in solution, generating two immiscible aqueous phases. Highly stable water-in-water emulsions can be formulated using fully biocompatible and edible components, and consequently,[...]

26 Oct

Congress Excellence 2016
Congress Excellence 2016

The Spanish University with the highest number of scientifically distinguished research institutes is Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with five Centres of Excellence “Severo Ochoa” and two Units of Excellence “María de Maeztu”. ICMAB-CSIC, Research Institute housing unit 6 of NANBIOSIS and one of the five Severo Ochoa Centers of UAB organised the Congress Excellence 2016 More information[...]

25 Oct

#ImproCiencia Science and theatre
#ImproCiencia: Science and theatre

Next November 15 from 19: 30h to 21h #ImproCiencia will repeat an initiative organized by the Center for Biomedical Research Network (CIBER) to raise awareness in a fun way what the CIBER and some of the research do in its various subject areas. This year the presentations will be performed mostly by scientist women to highlight their essential role in nowadays research. Free admission prior registration through comunicacion@ciberisciii.es, from 24 October to 11 November (until full capacity) More information[...]

24 Oct

Physics Prize of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) to Laura Lechuga
Physics Prize of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) to Laura Lechuga

Laura M. Lechuga, Scientific Director of the Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS has won the Physics Prize of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) -Foundation BBVA 2016 in the form of Physics, Innovation and Technology, endowed with 8,000 euros. Physics Awards recognize this year to researchers who have revealed the potential of the “nanoworld” to create new materials and fight disease. The jury highlighted her “excellent track record as a scientist, technologist and innovative” in the field of biosensor devices. “Prof. Lechuga – emphasizes the jury- has managed to walk the path from idea to product with great success. Her[...]

24 Oct

Final Report of European project ITECH accepted by the Commission.
Final Report of European project ITECH accepted by the Commission.

ITECH (Roadmap for Research and Innovation in Health Technologies) is a project of the 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and dissemination in order to define a strategic plan on Health Technologies to contribute to the Common Strategic Framework for EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation. Pablo Laguna, Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS has participated in ITECH Committee since the inaugural meeting and kick-off of the project in September 2013. Since then, ITECH has focused on research and innovation in health technologies, medical devices and eHealth applications, it has identified barriers for ideas reaching the market and[...]

06 Oct

NANBIOSIS experience in the MOBIEU action
NANBIOSIS experience in the MOBIEU action

Last September 28, Jesús Izco, NANBIOSIS Coordinator, was invited to share his experience coordinating NANBIOSIS and networking platform as well as managing transnational/transregional access (TNA) to NANBIOSIS. The presentation took place at the Pasteur Institute in Paris coinciding with the meeting of the members of the MOBIEU Cost Action, more specifically of the participants in the WG5: Transnational access to instrumentation and expertise The MOBIEU Cost Action CA15126 (Between Atom and Cell: Integrating Molecular Biophysics Approaches for Biology and Healthcare) aims to seed a large-scale pan-European interdisciplinary synergistic clustering, allowing to ally and synergize the power of spectroscopic, hydrodynamic, real-tim[...]

06 Oct

NANBIOSIS in BIOSPAIN 2016
NANBIOSIS in BIOSPAIN 2016

NANBIOSIS Coordinator, Jesús Izco participated in Biospain 2016, held in Bilbao from 28 to 30 September. NANBIOSIS was present at the CIBER stand. BIOSPAIN is one of the largest business & technology transfer partnering events in the world by the number of one-to-one meetings (+3.300) and companies participating (+850). 34% of our delegates came from outside of Spain. NANBIOSIS representation in this event (by means of promotional material and information provided at the stand of CIBER and, principally, through the meetings held by its Coordinator with business representatives), has been essential to facilitate knowledge and access of BIOSPAIN attendees to[...]

04 Oct

Midyear meeting in Vitoria of European project DRIVE
Midyear meeting in Vitoria of European project DRIVE

CIBER-BBN participates in the project through NanoBioCel group, led by professor José Luis Pedraz Muñoz, Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS, working on the optimization of formulations to be included in a bioartificial organ. José Luis Pedraz Munoz and Jesus Izco coordinator of NANBIOSIS have participated in the meeting held in Vitoria on 3 and 4 of October. The DRIVE objective is to develop new biomaterials and devices surgical transplantation and improve islet survival producing pancreatic insulin for the treatment of diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease characterized by high blood glucose levels and affects 422 million peo[...]

03 Oct

Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of the Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS in the Spanish Selection of Science.
Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of the Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS in the Spanish Selection of Science.

The selection of the best Spanish researchers in 2016 is an initiative of the magazine QUO to disseminate the work of scientists. The jury formed by eight eminent scientists (Amils, Ainhoa Goni, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, Vladimir de Semir, Fernando Peláez, Antonio Calvo, Pilar López and Manuel Toharia, has chosen the twelve scientists of international prestige who will form the Spanish National Science 2016: – Pedro Cavadas, plastic surgeon specializing in transplants – Mariano Barbacid, a biochemist at the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) – Susana Marcos, director of the Institute of Optics ‘Daza Valdes’ CSIC – Alberto Ruiz Jimeno, founder of[...]

03 Oct

MULTI-SCALE PHYSIOLOGY-DRIVEN COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS TO ASSIST CARDIAC DYSFUNCTIONS
Multi-scale physiology-driven computational tools to assist cardiac disfunctions

Researchers from the unit 27 of NANBIOSIS are developing a Multi scale physiology-driven computational tools to assist cardiac dysfunctions. They have been granted a project of the R+D+I 2016 call of Spanish National Program of “INVESTIGACIÓN, DESARROLLO E INNOVACIÓN ORIENTADA A LOS RETOS DE LA SOCIEDAD”. The project DPI2016-75458-R entitled MULTI-SCALE PHYSIOLOGY-DRIVEN COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS TO ASSIST IN THE ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF CARDIAC DYSFUNCTIONS is led by Juan Pablo Martinez and Esther Pueyo, of the BSICDoS-i3A and CIBER-BBN group. Both, multi-scale computational modelling, necessary to reproduce the experimental and clinical observations and the signal analysis (cellular, intracardiac and surface), shall [...]

30 Sep

A new system to detect Cocaine at very low concentrations
A new system to detect Cocaine at very low concentrations

Ramon Martínez Máñez, Scientific Director of the Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, together with researchers from his group and the group led by Professor Liz Marzal, both CIBER-BBN groups, have developed a new method to detect cocaine and Mycoplasma in very low concentrations. The method involves the combined use of mesoporous silica nanoparticles, molecular equipped with doors, and spectroscopy SERS (Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering) a signal amplification system that uses gold nanoparticles to detect very low concentrations of the substances tested. According to the tests that have been developed in the laboratory, in the case of cocaine it has allowed them to[...]

27 Sep

NANBIOSIS participates in the round table of the Working Day on Dissemination of ICTS
NANBIOSIS participates in the round table of the Working Day on Dissemination of ICTS, organized by the MINECO on September 19, 2016.

Jesus Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, together with seven representatives of ICTS (Singular Scientific Technological Infrastructures) were invited to share their experiences and ideas on the Communication and Dissemination of ICTS in a round table within a working day on Dissemination of ICTS. The debate and conclusions will be set out in a document issued by the MINECO, specifying the activities to be carried out in the medium and long term. The event was presented by the General Director of R & D + I Policy, Maria Luisa Castaño Marin, and the General Director of the FECYT, José Ignacio Fernández Vera.[...]

13 Sep

Elisabeth Engel stimulating scientific talent in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge
Elisabeth Engel stimulating scientific talent in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC)

Dr. Engel, Scentific Director of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS, participated in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) held in Barcelona from July 11th to 22nd 2016. Ms. Elisabeth gave the lecture “Biomaterials beyond a simple template”, introducing the students to the breakthrough in the medical and social  field of obtaining a synthetic biomaterial that eludes the need of cell therapy or the application of morphogens and growth factors. The research group led by Elisabeth Engel hosted one of the projects of this programme: “Instructive Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine” dealing with replacement or regeneration of human cells, tissues or organs,[...]

12 Sep

Nanbiosis-U12-Symposium honouring Professor Conxita Solans. Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Rome 2016
Symposium honouring Professor Conxita Solans. (ECIS Rome 2016)

In the frame of ECIS 2016, the 30th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Rome 4-9 September, 2016, a special Symposium honouring Conxita Solans was organized on  September 8th – 2.00-5.00 pm. Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS, has during many years been one of the leading scientists in the field of surfactants and dispersions. She has been  very active in ECIS, presenting her research results at several conferences,  being President and also organizing one ECIS meeting in Barcelona.[...]

09 Sep

Nanbiosis-U6-Chemical control over the energy-level alignment in a two-terminal junction
Chemical control over the energy-level alignment in a two-terminal junction

In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers of Nanomol group, led by the Scientific Director of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, Dr. Jaume Veciana have shown that the alignment of the energy levels in molecular bonds based on sel- assembled monolayers can be regulated through only chemical modifications. The energy-level alignment of molecular transistors can be controlled by external gating to move molecular orbitals with respect to the Fermi levels of the source and drain electrodes. Two-terminal molecular tunnelling junctions, however, lack a gate electrode and suffer from Fermi-level pinning, making it difficult to control the energy-level alignment[...]

31 Aug

DR. CONXITA SOLANS received the “Pierre Fillet” Prize 2016 awarded by the Formulation Group of the French Chemical Society (SCF)
DR. CONXITA SOLANS received the “Pierre Fillet” Prize 2016 awarded by the Formulation Group of the French Chemical Society (SCF)

Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of the Unit 12 NANBIOSIS, received last July 4 in the opening ceremony of the congress Formula VIII, the award Pierre Fillet 2016, given by the Formulation Group of the French Chemical Society (SCF). The prize was awarded to Dr Solans in recognition to her contributions on formulation of colloidal systems, namely on the design and characterization of Nanostructured Liquids such as nano-emulsions, microemulsions, micelles, etc, developed through Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS. Pierre Fillet was a major force behind formulation in France particularly and across Europe, he was one of the instigators of the first Formula[...]

31 Aug

“MICELA PRIZE” by the Spanish Committee of Detergents, Surfactants and Related Products (CED) TO DR. CONXITA SOLANS.
“MICELA PRIZE” by the Spanish Committee of Detergents, Surfactants and Related Products (CED) TO DR. CONXITA SOLANS

Dr. Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of the Unit 12 NANBIOSIS, has been awarded with the Micelle Prize, by the Spanish Committee of Detergents, Surfactants and Related Products (CED) The award was presented to Dr. Conxita Solans during the International Congress Formula VIII (Barcelona 4 to 7 July 2016), The Formula Conferences cover all aspects in Formulation Sciences and Technologies and constitute a frame for knowledge transfer and dialogue between Academia and Industry. This annual event is organized jointly by various European Societies namely the French Chemical Society (SCF), the British Formulation Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FSTG/RSC), t[...]

26 Aug

Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis II biosensor BiMW for the early diagnosis of bacterial infections in cirrhotic patients
Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis II: biosensor BiMW for the early diagnosis of bacterial infections in cirrhotic patients

The peritonitis bacterial spontaneous is an infection of the fluid ascetic that has high incidence in cirrhotic patients and is associated with a high mortality. In such situation, a diagnosis early is essential for the survival of the patient. However, the identification of the causative pathogen of infection is based currently on cultivation methods that are slow and laborious. A research coordinated by the Group of Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical applications of the CIBER-BBN, which coordinates Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS led by Laura Lechuga, has presented the development of a biosensor interferometric based in guides bimodal (BiMW), capable of identify and[...]

25 Aug

Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis nanoplasmodic biosensor device for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer
Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis: nanoplasmodic biosensor device for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer

The group of Nano-biosensors and Bioanalytical applications of CIBER-BBN which coordinates Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS directed by Dr. Laura Lechuga, has led the final preparations of a technology with potential application in the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer, based in the detection of specific biomarkers in blood. The nanoplasmonic biosensor based on LSPR (Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance) is generated on structured surfaces of nano discs of gold, that allow monitoring of biological interactions in real time and without the need of markers. The nanoplasmonic biosensor allows analysis of human samples in a few minutes, without requiring reagents or additional instrumentation.[...]

27 Jul

Synergies produced in NANBIOSIS multiply the value of its services and allow its users to have results with faster and superior reliability due to proven experience of the scientists and technicians involved, says Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS, in an interview at July 2016 CIBER-BBN Bulletin.
Synergies produced in NANBIOSIS multiply the value of its services and allow its users to have results with faster and superior reliability due to proven experience of the scientists and technicians involved, says Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS, in an interview at July 2016 CIBER-BBN Bulletin.

In this interview, Jaume Veciana assesses the functioning of this Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure and its contribution to research and anticipates some of the guidelines of the NANBIOSIS Strategic Plan 2017-2020, which includes a clear commitment to internationalization. “The scientific-technical capabilities available at NANBIOSIS must be exploited without limitation to our country. Therefore we are clear that we must promote the activity of NANBIOSIS both academic and industrial sector in the European Union and other countries, either directly or in association with other similar organizations actions. Some such initiatives have already started but we believe it should be given further boost[...]

19 Jul

Dr. Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of Unit 20 of NANBIOSIS: appointed president of the European Society for Nanomedicine (ESNAM) and member of the executive board of the International Society of Nanomedicine (ISN).
Dr. Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of Unit 20 of NANBIOSIS: appointed president of the European Society for Nanomedicine (ESNAM) and member of the executive board of the International Society of Nanomedicine (ISN).

The objectives of ESNAM are to promote nanomedicine research and facilitate the exchange of knowledge among its members (currently, about 800 members). According to Dr. Simó Schwartz “the dissemination of specialized infrastructure in nanomedicine, like NANBIOSIS, among members of the society and its utilities is also an object of ESNAM. This is intended to strengthen European technological capabilities, use, and improvement of clinical transfer”. Society members represent different sectors of the scientific community: doctors, biologists, chemists, pharmacists, physical …. The technical office of the ESNAM in Barcelona is located in the Vall d’Hebron Hospital and is coordinated by Aida Castellanos,[...]

08 Jul

Pablo Laguna and Jordi Aguilo, Scientific Directors of the Units 27 and 8 of NANBIOSIS participate in the European program Remote Assessment
Pablo Laguna and Jordi Aguilo, Scientific Directors of the Units 27 and 8 of NANBIOSIS participate in the European program Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders (RADAR-CNS)

RADAR-CNS is an important European research program supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) focused to develop new ways of monitoring patients affected by major depression, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, with the use of wearable technology and smart mobile phones. This program brings together experts from various disciplines in clinical research, engineering, computer and data analysis, as well as health services. RADAR-CN aims to improve symptoms and quality of life of patients and treatment of these and other chronic diseases. This program is jointly led by King’s College London and the pharmaceutical company Janssen and is funded by the Innovative Medicines[...]

05 Jul

Elizabeth Engel, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS: “Our research has opened the door to the regeneration of the nervous system by biomaterials”
Elizabeth Engel, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS: “Our research has opened the door to the regeneration of the nervous system by biomaterials”

The CIBER-BBN research group Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies, which coordinates Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS develops various lines of research on biomaterials for regenerative therapies, especially focusing on the design and fabrication of scaffolds for tissue regeneration. They are working with polymers, hydrogels and compounds that can be manufactured using different techniques such as electrospinning to make 3D printing matrices or scaffolding. Applications are diverse, such as bone regeneration, neuronal, skin or cell therapy. The group has recently presented the results of a project focused on the development of implants for the regeneration of nerve tissue with very promising results. T[...]

28 Jun

“a-Galactosidase A Loaded Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration”
“a-Galactosidase A Loaded Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration”

Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS, Protein Production Platform (PPP), Unit 3, Synthesis of Peptides, Unit 20, In Vivo Experimental Platform and Unit 6, Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit, have jointly developed the research conducted in relation with a CO2-based methodology for the one-step production of protein-nanoliposome conjugates as bio-active nanomaterials with therapeutic interest. The results have been published in Advanced Healthcare Materials: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26890358 “a-Galactosidase A Loaded Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration I. Cabrera, I. Abasolo, J. L. Corchero, E. Elizondo,  P. Rivera, E. Moreno, J. Faraudo, S. Sala, D. Bueno, E. González-Mira, M. Rivas, M. Melgarejo, D. Pulido,[...]

21 Jun

NANBIOSIS participated in the CTLS 2016 Conference.
NANBIOSIS participated in the CTLS 2016 Conference.

Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS participated in Core Technologies for Life Science 2016 that took place last 12 – 15 Jun at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany, taking a unique opportunity to listen and discuss with colleagues and peers about challenges and solutions on all aspects of core facilities and infrastructures. Special mention requires the meeting with Patrick England coordinator of ARBRE, to treat NANBIOSIS participation in the V work package of Cost Action MOBIEU. CTLS 2016 brought together not only scientists, technicians and managers, but also decision makers and opinion leaders involved in Core Technology facilities and resource laboratories in[...]

16 Jun

Nanbiosis U26-Research Excellence Award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry to Ramón Martínez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS
Research Excellence Award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry to Ramón Martínez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS

The Governing Board of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (SRSQ) has agreed to grant its Research Excellence Award 2016 to Dr. Ramón Martínez Máñez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS and Scientific Director of CIBER-BBN, in recognition of the quality and innovation of its research in the design of chrome-fluorogenic detection probes and the development of new delivery systems and their impact on biomedical applications. Martinez Máñez is co-authored of more than 330 scientific publications in international journals. His scientific work has been cited on over 13,000 occasions. It is among the 15 most cited authors in t[...]

03 Jun

Jesus Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS and José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10-Drug Formulation of NANBIOSIS and NanoBioCel Group of CIBER-BBN, participated in the 2ª General Assambly of DRIVE project, held in Venice, May 16th-17th 2016.
Nanbiosis in the 2ª General Assambly of DRIVE project, Venice (16th-17th 2016)

Jesus Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS and José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10-Drug Formulation  of NANBIOSIS and NanoBioCel Group of CIBER-BBN, participated in the 2ª General Assambly of  DRIVE project, held in Venice, May 16th-17th 2016. The second General Assembly of European project DRIVE “DIABETES-REVERSING-IMPLANTS FOR ENHANCED VIABILITY AND LONG TERM EFFICACY”, took place last 16 and 17 of May in San Servolo Island, Venice. Jesus Ciriza, from NanoBioCel  group, presented the work scheduled for this first year and the results obtained. The DRIVE, a 4-year project to be carried out by 14 European partners, among which is CIBER-BBN, develops biomaterials[...]

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