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¡Buscamos investigador@s predoctorales!

11/Dec/2020 Research EXPRELA AQUATERRA GRICA REACT! NEUROcom TCMR

Buscamos candidat@s para solicitar las ayudas para la formación de profesorado universitario (FPU) 2020, en el marco del Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020.

 

Proyecto: DISEÑO Y SÍNTESIS DE PROTEÍNAS RECOMBINANTES SUPERFICIALES QUIMÉRICAS DEL VIRUS SARS-CoV-2 PARA LA PRODUCCIÓN DE UNA VACUNA EN LEVADURAS

Descripción al final de la página: VACUNASARSCOV2

Área: Biotecnología, Biomedicina

Grupo: EXPRELA, Regulación de la Expresión Génica y Aplicaciones

Investigador@s: María Isabel Siso (isabel.gsiso@udc.es), José Manuel Leiro (josemanuel.leiro@usc.es)

Lugar: CICA (Campus de Elviña), USC y UDC

 

Proyecto: TERAPIA CELULAR CON MICRO ARN Y VESÍCULAS EXTRACELULARES PARA EL TRATAMIENTO DE LA INFLAMACIÓN CRÓNICA EN UN MODELO DE OSTEOARTHRITIS (TERAPIA LIBRE DE CÉLULAS)

Descripción al final de la página: TERAPIACELULAR

Área: Biomedicina

Grupo: TCMR, Terapia Celular y Medicina Regenerativa

Investigadora: María del Carmen Arufe (maria.arufe@udc.es)

Lugar: INIBIC-CHUAC y UDC

 

Proyecto: VITICULTURA DE PRECISIÓN, CON EL FIN OBTENER EL SISTEMA ÓPTIMO DE CUBIERTAS VEGETALES PARA VIÑEDOS

Descripción al final de la página: VITICULTURA

Área: Medio Ambiente, Química, Biotecnología

Grupo: AQUATERRA, Gestión Sostenible de los Recursos Hídricos y del Suelo

Investigadores: Manuel López Vicente (manuel.lopez.vicente@udc.es), Antonio Paz González (antonio.paz.gonzalez@udc.es)

Lugar: CICA (Campus de Elviña)

 

Proyecto: SUPRAMOLECULAR POLYMERS AS TEMPLATES FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF QUIRAL PLASMONIC NANOPARTICLES

Descripción al final de la página: NANOPARTICLES

Área: Química

Investigador: Jesús Mosquera Mosquera (j.mosquera1@udc.es)

Lugar: CICA (Campus de Elviña)

 

Proyecto: ALIMENTACIÓN Y FUNCIONAMIENTO COGNITIVO: ¿TOMAMOS PEORES DECISIONES POR DISPONER DE DEMASIADA COMIDA, DEMASIADO FÁCIL DE CONSEGUIR?

Descripción al final de la página: ALIMENTACIONYCEREBRO

Área: Biotecnología, Neurociencia

Grupo: NEUROcom, Neurociencia y Control Motor

Investigador: José L. Pardo Vázquez (jose.pardo.vazquez@udc.es)

Lugar: CICA (Campus Elviña)


Proyecto: IMPACTOS CLIMÁTICOS DE LA ERA COMÚN SOBRE LOS ECOSISTEMAS ACUÁTICOS DEL NW DE ESPAÑA - IMPACOM

Descripción al final de la página: IMPACTOCLIMATICO

Área: Medio Ambiente

Grupo: GRICA, Grupo de Investigación en Cambio Ambiental

Investigador: Roberto Bao (roberto.bao@udc.es)

Lugar: CICA (Campus Elviña)


Proyecto: TERAPIA GÉNICA PARA LA REPARACIÓN DE CARTÍLAGO

Descripción al final de la página: TERAPIAGENICA

Área: Biomedicina

Grupo: TCMR, Terapia Celular y Medicina Regenerativa

Investigadora: Ana Rey Rico (ana.rey.rico@udc.es)

Lugar: CICA (Campus Elviña)


Proyecto: ACTIVACIÓN BIOORTOGONAL DE PRO-FÁRMACOS EN CÉLULAS CANCERÍGENAS CON CATALIZADORES DERIVADOS DE METALES DE TRANSICIÓN SOPORTADOS SOBRE AUNPS

Descripción al final de la página: NANOCATALIZADORES

Área: Química, Biomedicina

Grupo: REACT!, Reactividad Química y Fotorreactividad

Investigador: Miguel Martínez Calvo (miguel.martinez.calvo@udc.es)

Lugar: CICA (Campus Elviña)

 

Consulta la convocatoria oficial del Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades en: https://bit.ly/2HjmYBR.

 

Si ninguno de estos crees que es tu proyecto, pero estás interesad@ en solicitar una FPU para hacer tu tesis con nosotros, ponte en contacto con nuestro técnico de Proyectos e Innovación, Rubén Reif (proyectos.cica@udc.es / 881 01 5548).

¡Gracias!


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Xavier Querol receives the National Award "Alejandro Malaspina"

14/Nov/2020 In the Press Coordinación

Xavier Querol, a research professor at IDAEA-CSIC and member of our external committee, has received the National Award 'Alejandro Malaspina', in the area of natural Resources Science and Technology, 'for his leadership in developing technologies, methodologies, models and scientific contributions to understand the importance of aerosols and their interaction with pollutants and human health, translating the scientific knowledge he has developed into policies that ensure the public health and ecosystem health.

These awards, granted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, have been given since 1982, but this is the first time that all 10 modalities are considered in the same candidacy.

This is the list of winners of the other modalities:

  • National Award "Santiago Ramón y Cajal" in the area of Biology granted to Francisco Sánchez Madrid, Professor of Immunology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • National Award "Ramón Menéndez Pidal" in the area of Humanities granted to Susana E. Narotzky Molleda, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona.
  • National Award "Leonardo Torres Quevedo" in the area of Engineering granted to José Capmany Francoy, Professor of Systems and Optical Communications Networks at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
  • National Award “Gregorio Marañón" in the area of Medicine, awarded to Elías Campo Guerri, Professor of Pathology at the University of Barcelona.
  • National Award "Enrique Moles" in the area of Chemical Science and Technology granted to Nazario Martín León, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid and Deputy Director of the IMDEA-Nanoscience Institute of the Community of Madrid.
  • National Award "Julio Rey Pastor" in the area of Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies granted to Carme Torras Genis, CSIC Research Professor at the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computing, a joint center of the CSIC and the UPC.
  • National Award “Juan de la Cierva" in the area of Technology Transfer granted to Laura M. Lechuga Gómez, CSIC Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, mixed center GENCAT-CSIC-UAB.
  • National Award "Blas Cabrera" in the area of Physical, Materials and earth Sciences granted to Luis Ibáñez Santiago, professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, mixed center UAM-CSIC.
  • National Award "Pascual Madoz" in the area of Law and Economic and Social Sciences granted to Xavier Vives Torrens, professor of Economics and Finance at IESE Business School.

Original article in ciencia.gob.es, 13/11/2020.

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Related article: CSIC

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CICA receives the visit of the sub delegate of the Government on the occasion of the resolution of the Program Challenges of Society

10/Nov/2020 Events GIBE QANAP AQUATERRA GRICA QUIMOLMAT REACT! Coordinación NEUROcom

Pilar López-Rioboo, sub-delegate of the Government in A Coruña, visited the facilities of CICA together with the rector, Julio Abalde; the vice-rector of Science Policy, Research and Transfer, Salvador Naya; and our director, Jaime Rodríguez.

This visit is due to the recent resolution of the State Program of R+D+i, oriented to the Challenges society of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, in which, 7 groups of the CICA have obtained funding for a total of 8 research projects, adding up to 1,172,490 euros. This is a very positive result, which represents a third of the total amount received by the University (3,642,584 euros).

The sub delegate has had the opportunity to meet with some of the project coordinators: Carlos Peinador from QUIMOLMAT, Carlos Platas, Aurora Rodríguez and David Esteban from REACT!, José Luis Pardo from NEUROcom, Javier Samper from AQUATERRA and Alatzne Carlosena from QANAP.

Pilar López-Rioboo said that 'this government is aware of the need to promote research and scientific knowledge, more than ever at present, and therefore, this type of aid will have continuity in time to ensure support for researchers.

The original article in UDC, 9/11/2020

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Residential wastewater analysis will help protect our elderly

04/Nov/2020 In the Press GIM

A pilot project in A Coruña will try to anticipate outbreaks of coronavirus in nursing homes by regularly analysing their wastewater.

The project is led by Margarita Poza, researcher of the Microbiology Research Group belonging to the SG CICA-INIBIC, who in turn leads the project COVIDBENS, which for 6 months was analyzing the water and sludge that came to the treatment plant of Bens.

The methodology of this project promoted by Xunta de Galicia is the same as in Bens, but the sampling would be done specifically in the wastewater of residences. The presence of viral load in the water would act as an early warning system, which would put into action immediate measures between workers and residents to prevent the spread.

The pilot will start by involving 5 residences in A Coruña, from which they will take 2 samples per week, and then integrate more and more residences, whose wastewater will be analysed according to a rotating tracking plan that has yet to be defined.

Original article in: El Confidencial, 04/11/2020, Pablo López.

Interview with Margarita Poza at COPE

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A microRNA discovered by the Cardiovascular Diseases Group predicts the risk of rejection of a heart transplant

28/Oct/2020 In the Press ENCAME

The project led by Marisa Crespo, from the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases group belonging to the CICA-INIBIC Strategic Group, has discovered, in a collaboration with the Centre for Biomedical Research Network on Cardiovascular Diseases (Cibercv), an overexpressed microRNA (miR-181a-5p) in heart transplant patients suffering from acute rejection.

This finding turns this microRNA into a possible biomarker that would predict the risk of suffering serious cellular reactions after a transplant, and whose presence would be detected in a blood test, a non-invasive method.

So far, the analysis methods available are based on biopsies, an invasive test that could be minimised if this microRNA passes all tests and is reliable to start being used in clinical medicine.

Original article in Galicia Confidencial, 27/10/2020.

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Related articles: La Voz de Galicia, el Ideal Gallego and el Correo Gallego
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Users of mass spectrometry equipment receive special small-molecule training

24/Oct/2020 CICA-Science Coordinación

On October 21, 22 and 23, we received a technician of Bruker who was in charge of giving a virtual course on small molecule spectrometry for users of TimsTOF and Toxtyper equipment.

The course was broadcast via Teams, although a small number of researchers had the opportunity to attend the explanations of the specialist. This was carried out by applying rigorous prevention measures and respecting the maximum capacity of 3 people allowed in the room.

About the Amazon speed Toxtyper: it is a mass spectrometer equipped with an ion trap that allows obtaining a better resolution than a conventional quadrupole. This allows users to identify both pure and mixed compounds thanks to the fact that this spectrometer is coupled to a high-resolution liquid chromatograph (more information).

About the TimsTOF equipment: It is a high-resolution mass spectrometer that has ion mobility technology, which allows not only to obtain the exact mass of molecules and macromolecules, but also the differentiation of isomers. It is a robust equipment, whose main application is proteomics (protein identification, peptide fingerprinting, cell marker analysis) (more information).

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Laura Lagos from BIOCOST group tells the benefits of having wild horses in Galicia

23/Oct/2020 Disclosure BIOCOST

Galicia has the largest population of wild horses in the wild in all of Europe, and we have to be grateful, as they bring many benefits to Galician habitats, such as fire prevention or improved grazing for the cows.

[23:30 - 30:30] Laura Lagos, a researcher from the BIOCOST group, highlights on Radio Galega that horses are essential on wet heaths because their herbivorous activity generates heterogeneous extensions of scrub and hollows, enriching the diversity of species. Without them, heaths would close and biodiversity would decrease.

The conservation work carried out by her group, together with AGACAL, through a FEDER project, includes the ringing of horses with traceable collars in order to control the behaviour and ecology of the animals.

The researcher explains that the wild horse allows the coexistence of the wolf with the cattle, as it is their main prey and therefore minimises attacks on the cows.

Link to the podcast of A Tarde con Antón Rebollido, 14/10/2020
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Jaime Fagúndez and Marta Vila: guests of the Efervesciencia programme

20/Oct/2020 Disclosure GIBE BIOCOST

The researchers Marta Vila from GIBE group and Jaime Fagúndez from BIOCOST have participated in Efervescienciaa broadcasting programme dedicated to questions related to the evolution of species.

[00:00 - 23:00] The scientists have just published a piece of work in Phytoparasitica characterising a new species of insect (Spanolepis selloanae) whose larvae feed on the ovary (and seeds) of the invasive species Cortaderia selloana. This discovery, explains Jaime Fagúndez, "opens a door to the possibility of using the species as a biological control agent" against the invasive plant. The main hypothesis being considered is that this species of insect would have co-evolved with Cortaderia and arrived in Europe together.

Furthermore, the researchers have a great sense of humour about how this unexpected collaboration between the two CICA groups came about.

Jaime ends his speech by talking about the role of large herbivores, especially wild horses, in the conservation of some natural habitats.

[33:00 - 56:00] Marta Vila, together with Emilio Rolan-Álvarez from the University of Vigo, end up discussing the results of a work recently published in Plos One on the acceptance of the Theory of Evolution among Spanish university students, of which they are both co-authors.

Link to the podcast of Efervesciencia with Manuel Vicente, 15/10/2020
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Researcher Carmen Arufe proclaimed professor of the UDC

16/Oct/2020 Events TCMR

This morning the inauguration of two new chairs and four full professorships at the UDC took place.

One of the new professorships is that of Carmen Arufe Gonda (TCMR group), from the Department of Physiotherapy, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The event was presided over by the rector, Julio Abalde, and assisted by the vice-rector for Teaching Staff and Educational Planning, Alberto Valderruten. Once again, the ceremony took place under the stipulated hygiene and distance measures.

The complete news at UDC, 16/10/2020

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César de la Fuente obtains a new antibiotic from the venom of a wasp

14/Oct/2020 Research Coordinación

The leader ofthe Machine Biology group at the University of Pennsylvania, and a member of CICA's Scientific Advisory Board, Cesar de la Fuente, has managed to reprogram the wasp's venom into a powerful antibiotic.

Together with his team, Cesar is exploring new ways to obtain antibiotics to solve the growing problem of super-resistant bacteria to classic formulations. "We have used antibiotics massively and now bacteria are generating resistance. The antibiotics we have today no longer work very well," the researcher explains.

In this work, published in the PNAS journal, the scientists have synthesized the toxin with a computer and have modified specific amino acids in the peptide, annulling its toxicity, but conserving its double antimicrobial and immunomodulating activity. The results show that 80% of mice survived a lethal infection thanks to the treatment with this new antibiotic.

Although the development of an antibiotic takes around 10 years and costs around 1 billion dollars, "more than the budget of NASA to send a rocket to the Moon", points out the researcher, they remain optimistic and hope "to have promising results in the next months".

Original articles: ELPAIS|Ciencia,12/10/2020, Juan Miguel Hernández and La Opinión A Coruña, 13/10/2020, María de la Huerta.

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Other related articles: GCiencia,13/10/2020, Manuel Rey.