Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Health NEWS

Friday, 05 February 2016

A cost-effective method for mass production of printed flexible graphene-based electronic devices

The ICN2 NanoBioelectronics and Biosensors Group, led by the ICREA Research Prof Arben Merkoçi, presents a versatile, low-cost and customizable method for patterning graphene oxide onto a myriad of substrates. The patented technique, published in ACS Nano, requires neither a clean room nor organic solvents. It consists of three easy steps: printing, filtering and pressing.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Label-free real-time plasmonic sensing allows quantification of alternatively spliced mRNA isoforms

Deregulated alternative splicing patterns could be considered as a hallmark of cancer. A recent paper in Biosensors and Bioelectronics reports a simple and robust technology using a Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) biosensor for label-free monitoring of alternative splicing events in real-time. The work was led by the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group in collaboration with the CRG.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nanoparticles simplify DNA identification and quantification

In an article published in Small, researchers successfully applied a new qualitative and quantitative method for the detection of a DNA sequence characteristic of Leishmania infantum kinetoplast, a frequent parasite in veterinary that affects humans too. The work was led from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Spin Off company Vetgenomics.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A pregnancy test-like method allows the quick and cheap quantification of Parathyroid Hormone-like Hormone

Parathyroid Hormone-like Hormone is a relevant protein in the biology and treatment of several malignancies. A work in Nanomedicine, headed by Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group led by Prof. Arben Merkoci from the Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and by Dr. Carmen de Torres Gomez-Pallete group from the Fundació and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, describes for the first time the application of lateral-flow immunoassays for the detection of this protein taking advantage of paper based nanobiosensors properties.

Friday, 24 July 2015

ICN2 in the Media: the research about nanopaper has been widely covered by the press

The recent article about using nanopaper as an optical sensor platform published in ACS Nano has attracted the attention of the press. Some of the most relevant newspapers and radio stations of the country have covered, or will do, the research led by ICREA Prof Arben Merkoci where the potential and the outstanding properties of nanocellulose for sensing applications are highlighted.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Nanopaper as an optical sensing platform

An international team led by the ICREA Prof Arben Merkoci has just developed new sensing platforms based on bacterial cellulose nanopaper. These novel platforms are simple, low cost and easy to produce and present outstanding properties that make them ideal for optical (bio)sensing applications. The results have been reported in ACS Nano.

Thursday, 04 June 2015

The Germans Trias Institute takes a step towards a Type 1 Diabetes vaccine by using nanotherapy

For the first time liposomes that imitate cells in the process of natural death have been used to treat Diabetes. Researchers generated liposomes in collaboration with professionals from the ICN2. PLOS ONE Journal publishes the work today. The next steps are to confirm the efficacy in vivo with cells from patients and to carry out clinical trials to prevent the disease and to cure it.