A review paper with first author Marc Melià-Sorolla of the Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Research Group and published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences highlights a porcine model as the most suitable for stroke research in the future. The CMCiB-IGTP is equipped to carry out this type of research and the group led by Teresa Gasull are already showing the potential of the non-invasive bioimaging technology.
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Jordi Barretina Ginesta is the new Director of the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) on Campus Can Ruti, Badalona; he will take up the role this October. The open selection process was managed by the CERCA institution, of which the IGTP is a member. Dr Barretina will take over from Dr Manel Puig Domingo, who is stepping down as director of the research centre after seven years in the post.
Dr Julia Garcia Prado, Scientific Director of the IGTP and Leader of the VIRIEVAC Group at IrsiCaixa, has been appointed member of the new EATRIS Scientific Committee for Spain. The new body is part of the strategic plan of action for the EATRIS Spain node to increase its presence in the network and increase strategic international collaborations between biomedical research institutes.
The Catalan Alliance for Insitutes for Research and Innovation in Health (IRISCAT) has launched its first science communications activity in a series of webinars to share different topics of biomedical research into COVID-19.
New ventilator device developed by the Hospital Clínic, Germans Trias i Pujol and Barcelona University with Protofy.xyz gets the go ahead from the AEMPS for clinical trials
The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) approves a clinical trial with the emergency ventilator device developed by the Barcelona company Protofy.xyz with the financial and scientific support of professionals from the Hospital Clínic Barcelona, the Germans Trias i Pujol hospital and the University of Barcelona. It is a device to automate manual ventilation processes and provide respiratory support for patients in emergency situations when conventional ventilators are unavailable. The support received from civil society, companies and administrations has been key in developing the design and industrial scaling of this model, which will contribute to providing the health system with the necessary ventilators.
Can Ruti Campus, Hospital Clínic Barcelona and Barcelona University collaborate in a Ministry of Health project to develop emergency ventilators
The Germans Trias i Pujol and Clínic Barcelona Hospitals and the University of Barcelona are providing scientific support to develop a device that allows patients to be ventilated in the absence of conventional ventilators. Three Catalan companies (Protofy.xyz, GasN2 and Innova) are creating and adapting emergency models of ventilators to deal with the crisis caused by COVID-19. The three proposals are now in the simulation and experimental phases. When they have completed all the validations and have obtained the authorization of the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) production will start on industrial scale. Support from civil society will be key in developing the three models and financing production to contribute to providing the Catalan health system with the ventilators needed.
The Germans Trias I Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) is working alongside the hospital and at the service of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia to make all the necessary disposable material and resources available for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. The research groups at the centre are also working against the clock to prepare projects for the extraordinary competitive funding calls that have been issued to fund research into SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19.
The IGTP has been a member of a European community of practice (CoP) since it signed the memorandum of understanding in August 2019. The community aims to advance gender equality in European centres funding and carrying out research in the Life Sciences. Members of the Can Ruti Campus Working Group Women in Science (WiS) have been participating in activities since then and are currently helping to prepare a staff survey to offer to all the participating centres.
The IGTP-GTP biobanc has won an award for the best oral presentation of a poster, for the team's work on analysing the work of the biobanc over the past 5 years and evaluating the balance between samples stored and requests for samples made. The team demonstrated that the biobanc is dynamic, receiving a steady increase of requests for samples and is able to respond to changing needs from researchers.
The IRISCAT Alliance is a cooperative work space formed by the 7 research and innovation institutes linked to the ICS, in a first phase; the mechanisms for future incorporation of other centers will be established. The objective of the alliance is to take advantage of the synergies of the institutes to enhance and make the translational and clinical research of the Catalan health system more competitive, in order to enhance this reference hub in southern Europe.