Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Health NEWS

Tuesday, 04 February 2020

Vote for our brain graphene-based devices!

La Vanguardia has selected the brain-computer interfaces designed by the ICN2 and IMB-CNM-CSIC, with a long list of close collaborators, among the candidates to win its prestigious award Vanguardia de la Ciencia. Help us disseminate the fight against epilepsy, migraine or brain damage with nanotechnology. The winner will be one of the 8 candidates that will be selected through popular vote.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The ICN2 will shine at Nanotech Japan

Together with CERCA and CSIC the ICN2 will have a central role at the Spanish Pavilion of the Nanotech 2020 starting tomorrow. With over 350 exhibitors, this event is a huge meeting point for industry and academic institutions. The event is sided by the 1&2D materials congress, starting today, a Japan-Albania-Spain workshop, to be held tomorrow and organized by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Phantoms Foundation, and a visit to RIKEN headquarters.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

CERCA Pioneer Awards 2019

Two former ICN2 PhD students, Dr Bhawna Nagar and Dr Núria Fabri Faja, have been granted the CERCA Pioneer Award 2019 for their doctoral theses. The prize is a recognition for research works that stand out for their industrial- and commercial-oriented perspective.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Severo Ochoa 2.0: New Directions and Opportunities

On November 15, a special event was organized to present to the whole ICN2 community the new directions and opportunities provided by the second Severo Ochoa Programme. The event was organized by the ICN2 Management and the Strategy Development Office, together with the Severo Ochoa Programme Committee.

Monday, 28 October 2019

An ICN2 graphene-based screening device is being showcased at the Graphene Marketplace hosted by Tetra Pak

Dr Ruslan Álvarez, from the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, and Dr Cinzia Spinato, from the ICN2 Business and Innovation Office, are participating in the Marketplace being held at Modena by Tetra Pak and the Graphene Flagship. They are presenting an intuitive, eco-friendly, portable sensing system to screen for different compounds found in food and environmental samples.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

i-Vision and InBrain projects hit the news after being granted by “la Caixa”

ICREA Prof. Jose Antonio Garrido, head of the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group, and Damià Viana, PhD student of the same Group, received a “la Caixa” Health Research Grant and a CaixaImpulse Grant, respectively. Both initiatives seek to develop new graphene-based neural interfaces for clinical applications and received broad media coverage in the context of the awards ceremony celebrated yesterday.

Monday, 16 September 2019

CaixaImpulse awards an ICN2 project on engineered graphene for neural interfaces

The selected InBrain Technologies project is led by Damià Viana, PhD student from the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group. CaixaImpulse is an acceleration programme that helps early stage biomedical research projects to validate their asset and define their valorisation plan. The programme aims to facilitate the leap from basic research to the market.

Monday, 16 September 2019

The graphene-based retinal implants to restore vision awarded a “la Caixa” Health Research Grant

“La Caixa” Foundation has announced today the winners of the second edition of “la Caixa” Health Research Grants. IFAE, ICFO, Barraquer Foundation and Institut de la Vision (University of Sorbonne) are the partner institutions forming the i-VISION research consortium led by the ICN2 and awarded with 1 million euros. The three-year project will design the next generation of retinal prostheses using graphene-based electrodes to provide artificial vision to patients blinded by retinal degeneration.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Gold nanoparticles to facilitate in-situ detection of amplified DNA at room temperature

The proposed nanobiosensor developed by ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group led by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Vetgenomics takes advantage of the high sensitivity achieved when using gold nanoparticles in the sensing surface. The sensor integrates DNA amplification and detection, which is of high interest for human, veterinarian and plant diagnostics. The results have been published in Analytical Chemistry.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

The CONCORD project aims to improve the immunotherapy of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia with gold nanoparticles

Selected by the European Commission through the EuroNanoMed programme, this project aims to improve CAR T cell therapy using messenger RNA (mRNA). Its aim is to make the therapeutic effect more sustained thanks to gold nanoparticles that will control the release of mRNAs. The project is coordinated by the ICN2 and has the experience of Hospital Clínic de Barcelona - IDIBAPS, IRCCS - Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche "Mario Negri" in Milan and Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv.

Friday, 01 February 2019

MICROB-PREDICT - €15 million EU funded microbiome research project kicks off

22 European institutions join forces to tackle end-stage liver disease and liver failure with personalised microbiome-based treatment strategies. ICN2 is a relevant technological partner of the project taking care of the development of cutting edge nanobiosensors coupled with smartphones for the disease diagnostic.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Graphene-based brain implants hit the headlines

The year 2019 started with a work in Nature Materials describing how researchers in Barcelona have developed a graphene-based implant able to record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas. This work led by the ICN2 and the IMB-CNM, CSIC was also participated by IDIBAPS, CIBER-BBN and ICFO.

Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Graphene-based implant overcomes technical limitation to record brain activity at extremely low frequencies

Researchers in Barcelona have developed a graphene-based implant able to record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found below 0.1 Hz. The prototype was developed at the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute (IMB-CNM, CSIC) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2, a BIST and CSIC centre), and was adapted for brain recordings in collaboration with the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS). Published in Nature Materials, the groundbreaking technology promises to enhance our understanding of the brain and pave the way for the next generation of brain-computer interfaces.

Friday, 21 December 2018

An interferometric point-of-care device for fast and sensitive bacteria quantification

ICN2 researchers published in ACS Sensors an affordable method for bacteria detection useful for hospital on-site testing and as a clinical point-of-care (PoC) device. Real patient samples were analysed in a hospital setting using a simple one-step process with sample-to-data turnaround time of 40 min. The work was developed within the H2020 European project RAIS.

Monday, 26 November 2018

New device could monitor anticoagulant treatments to deliver personalised therapies

Researchers from CSIC, ICN2 and CIBER-BBN have designed a biosensor device based on gold nanostructures that precisely detects the presence of anticoagulant drug from a small blood sample. Treatments with anticoagulants such as Sintrom® (acenocoumarol) face the difficulty of adjusting the drug doses. This device will allow patients to self-regulate the dose.

Friday, 02 November 2018

C&EN highlights ICN2 strategy to give MOFs bigger pores

Work by the ICN2 Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group to widen the pores in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has been featured in the American Chemical Society's Chemical & Engineering News magazine.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

ICN2 shares scientific knowledge and applications at Graphene 2018

Graphene 2018 is being held in Dresden (Germany) from 26 to 29 June 2018. ICN2 is there once again with organisational, institutional and scientific efforts to share the latest advances in graphene research. Drop by the ICN2 booth to learn about brain implants to restore speech or nanoporous graphene, among other breakthroughs.