The course

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona

Campus Diagonal Besòs from the UPC

From 25 January to 17 October

The Bioengineering course from the Crazy about Science programme of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation is a course developed by the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) aimed at 1st year A-Level students with a scientific vocation interested in STEM careers. This course was created with the idea of introducing the multidisciplinary environment offered by bioengineering where different disciplines come together to solve health problems. The main objective of this course is to foster scientific vocations and promote the knowledge and education of excellence of young people in Catalonia.

Registration for the Bioengineering course of the Crazy about Science programme will be open from 16 September to 24 October 2019 and among all those enrolled there will be 24 students selected from the 1st year of A-Levels who will participate in the 3rd edition of the course within the 8th edition of the Crazy about Science programme that will take place in 2020.

The course will be held on different Saturdays from 25 January 2020 to 17 October 2020 at the IBEC facilities, as well as at other collaborating centres such as the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the Campus Diagonal Besòs at the UPC.

During 15 theoretical and practical sessions students will get to know the research in the main areas of bioengineering applied to health; controlled drug release, biomaterials, regenerative therapies, medicine of the future, and more. In addition, students will be able to participate in additional scientific training workshops in which ethical issues and scientific communication will be addressed and specific training will be provided in the environment of a research laboratory.


The course will cover the following areas:

  • Nanobiotechnology 
  • Regenerative therapies
  • The physics of life
  • Specific objectives

Academic studies

  • Fostering amongst young people the scientific vocations linked to the world of health, helping to guide their academic and professional future. 
  • Bringing the research closer to students by giving them the opportunity to work in a leading research centre.

Research and diseases

  • Bringing students closer to research: basic, translational and clinical research in different fields of health from a theoretical and practical point of view, as well as bioengineering research.
  • Understanding the implications of all STEM disciplines in the development of new therapies and control devices.
  • Discover the operation of the research centres linked to health.


Bioengineering

  • Become aware of what the concept of bioengineering implies and the importance of multidisciplinary environments.
  • Understand the importance of basic research.
  • Approaching the future of medicine.

Media and the critical spirit

  • Learn how to present and communicate research results.
  • Learn to be critical of communications about health published in the media (television, radio and press) or social networks and contrast information.

Sessions

Module 1. Introductory sessions
Session 1. Introduction to the world of Bioengineering


Day: Saturday 25 January

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Pilar Jiménez

Session given by: Prof. Josep Samitier and Pilar Jiménez

Language: Catalan

In this introductory session by the director of the centre, Prof. Samitier, we will define the areas of bioengineering and discover what we need to know before doing research.

Students will participate in a workshop on scientific method where they will be able to put their scientific skills into practice.

Session 2. Good laboratory practices


Day: Saturday 1 February

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Dr. Isabel Oliveira

Session given by: Dr. Isabel Oliveira

Language: Catalan / Spanish

Attendees will participate in a workshop on good laboratory practices that will help achieve the basic knowledge for carrying out the workshops later.

We will work on:

  • How to propose an experiment
  • Waste management
  • Use of laboratory equipment
Module 2. Nanobiotechnology
Session 3. Breaking the laws of physics to see beyond what is possible


Day:

Groups 1 and 2 Saturday 15 February
Groups 3 and 4: Saturday 22 February

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Dr. Silvia Pujals

Session given by: Sílvia Pujals and Maria Arista

Language: Catalan / Spanish

During the session, students will prepare different types of biological samples as well as some nanomaterials of different scales, and discover how a super-resolution microscope that can observe sizes that until recently the laws of physics did not allow us to see.

Session 4. We work on microfluidics


Day:

Groups 1 and 2 Saturday 22 February


Groups 3 and 4: Saturday 15 February

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Andrea García

Session given by: Andrea García and Jessica Sierra

Language: Catalan / Spanish

Working with small amounts of liquid can be tricky especially if you don’t have much practice. Also, when done manually it is a slow and boring job where it is easy to make mistakes. During this session we will manufacture micrometric channels using a shrinking polymer strip.

Session 5. Design of nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of compounds to the malaria parasite

Day:

Groups 1 and 3 Saturday 7 March
Groups 2 and 4: Saturday 14 March


Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Elena Lantero

Session given by: Arnau Biosca and Elena Lantero

Language: English

In this workshop we will study what malaria is, and we’ll learn to identify the parasite that causes it in a blood sample that we’ll prepare during the workshop. We will also work on the concept of encapsulation and controlled release of drugs through practice and we’ll finally discover how we can apply this nanotechnology for directed antimalarial drug delivery.

Session 6. Spherical micromotors navigating in 3D Bioprinted matrices​


Day:

Groups 1 and 3 Saturday 14 March
Groups 2 and 4: Saturday 7 March
Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Rafael Mestre

Session given by: Rafael Mestre

Language: English

The capability of self-propelled micro- and nanomotors for the conversion of chemical energy into motion has opened new and promising avenues for a high number of varied and innovative applications, including biomedicine. In this workshop, we will learn how to fabricate and characterize micron sized motors and study their motion in different types of media. In addition, we will evaluate their performance in 3D biomimetic environments, fabricated by 3D Bioprinting techniques.

Session 7. What bacteria resist antibiotics?


Day:

Groups 1 and 4 Saturday 18 April
Groups 2 and 3: Saturday 25 April


Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Lucas Pedraz

Session given by: Lucas Pedraz, Laura Moya and Alba Rubio

Language: Catalan / Spanish

What bacterial species is causing the infection? Is it antibiotic resistant? Students will use classical and molecular microbiology techniques to identify bacterial species, and will isolate their DNA to search for antibiotic resistance genes.

Session 8. Introduction to organ-on-a-chip and biomimetic systems


Day:

Groups 1 and 4 Saturday 25 April
Groups 2 and 3: Saturday 18 April

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Ferran Velasco

Sessin given by: Ferran Velasco and Jon Zabalo

Language: Catalan / Spanish

In this session you will learn how to make PDMS moulds and how to make a hydrogel in order to see their applications in bioengineering.

We will get acquainted with the concept of tissue engineering, the different elements that make up it and some of its main applications. We will perform techniques used to determine in vitro, how cells respond to different physicochemical configurations of their environments. And we will build two bioreactor models using commonly used materials as an example.
 

Module 3. ICT for health
Session 9. The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the registration of biomedical signals

Day:

Groups 1 and 2 Saturday 9 May
Groups 3 and 4: Saturday 16 May
Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: UPC Campus Diagonal-Besòs (link is external)

Session coordination: Manuel Lozano

Session given by: Manuel Lozano and Yolanda Castillo

Language: Catalan / Spanish

In this session, students will perform different practical sessions related to the use of ICTs for the acquisition of biomedical signals based on some of the current research topics.

Session 10. Learn with us about what it means to build "Emotion" and "Personalities for Robots”


Day:

Groups 1 and 2 Saturday 16 May
Groups 3 and 4: Saturday 9 May

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: UPC Campus Diagonal-Besòs (link is external)

Session coordination: Dr. Anna Mura

Session given by: Dr. Anna Mura, Dr. Vicky Vouloutsy, Maria Blancas, Cristina Valero and Isamel Tito Freire

Language: English

Full immersion in robotics and science based-technology at the SPECS-lab of IBEC at the Campus Besos, UPD, Barcelona. Learn with us about what it means to build "Emotions" and "Personalities for Robots". We will explore how to program small humanoid-robots such as the NAO, or the Pepper robot, and to make them behave according to "human-like" personalities expressing different emotions.

 

Module 4. The Physics of Life
Session 11. The cellular forces. Mechanobiology and biochemical responses


Day:

Groups 1 and 3 Saturday 23 May
Groups 2 and 4: Saturday 30 May

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Ariadna Marín

Session given by: Macià Esteve Pallarés, Ariadna Marín, Xarxa Quiroga and Ignasi Granero

Language: Catalan / Spanish

In this session we will manufacture substrates of different rigidities, seed cells on these substrates and see how the rigidity environment affects cell behaviour.

Session 12. Lung Biophysics and Bioengineering


Day:

Groups 1 and 3 Saturday 30 May
Groups 2 and 4: Saturday 23 May

Opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 (link is external)

Session coordination: Bryan Falcones

Session given by: Bryan Falcones and Hèctor Sanz Fraile and Esther Marhuenda

Language: Catalan / Spanish

In this workshop we will work on four sections related to research carried out in the group: lung decellularisation, atomic force microscopy and making gels using lung matrix.

 

Schedule
Schedule
25 January from 10 am to 2 pm
Introduction to the world of Bioengineering
Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)