The course

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

From January 29th to November 12th 2022

The Bioengineering course of the Crazy about Science program of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation is a course developed by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) aimed at high school students with a scientific vocation interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers. This course arises with the idea of making known the multidisciplinary environment offered by bioengineering where different disciplines come together to solve problems related to health. The main objective of this course is to encourage scientific vocations and promote knowledge and education of excellence of young people in Catalonia.

Registrations for the course of Mad about science: Bioengineering will be open from September 15 to October 25, 2021 and among all those registered will be selected 24 students from 1st year of high school who will be able to participate in the 5th edition of the course within the 10th edition of the program Mad about science that will take place in 2022.

The course will be held on different Saturdays from 29 January 2022 to 12 November 2022 at IBEC's facilities.

During 15 theoretical-practical sessions students will learn about research in the main areas of bioengineering applied to health; controlled drug release, biomaterials, regenerative therapies and medicine of the future, among others. In addition, students will be able to participate in workshops complementary to the scientific training where ethical and scientific communication issues will be addressed and specific training in a research laboratory environment will be provided.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Regenerative therapies
  • Physics of life

Objectives: Around academic studies

  • To encourage scientific vocations linked to the world of health among young people, helping to guide their academic and professional future.
  • To bring research closer to students by offering them the opportunity to work in a reference research center.


Objectives: Around research and diseases

  • To bring students closer to research: basic, translational and clinical research in the different fields of health from a theoretical-practical point of view, as well as research in bioengineering.
  • To understand the implications of all STEM disciplines in the development of new therapies and control devices.
  • To know the functioning of research centers linked to health.


Objectives: Bioengineering Environment 

  • To be aware of what the concept of bioengineering implies and the importance of multidisciplinary environments.
  • To understand the importance of basic research.
  • To approach the future of medicine.


Objectives: Media environment and critical thinking.

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

2022 Sessions

Module A - Introduction

Introduction to the World of Bioengineering


Session 1 - Classroom Format

Date: Saturday, January 29th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Session coordination: Pilar Jiménez

Session by: Prof. Josep Samitier and Pilar Jiménez

Language: Catalan


Workshop: The scientific method


Session 2 - Classroom Format

Date: Saturday, February 5th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Session coordination: Clara Civit

Session by: Clara Civit and Pilar Jiménez

Language: Catalan

* The attendance of the sessions will be subject to change depending on the health situation.

 

Module B - Health challenges
Bioengineering for Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis


Session 3 - Theoretical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday, February 19th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: Alba Herrero

This first module will be devoted to how Bioengineering research faces the challenges in Health. We will focus on three main blocks; cancer, healthy aging and minority diseases.

Cancer treatment has benefited in recent years from the implementation of personalized and targeted therapies. However, even with the use of these personalized drugs, tumors develop great resistance. We need a better understanding of tumor progression, tumor growth as well as greater personalization of the drugs delivered.

Mechanobiology studies the physical and mechanical behavior of cells and makes it possible to observe and understand the processes of metastasis. On the other hand, the development of new drug delivery strategies, such as the use of nanomotors and controlled drug release, would make it possible to establish controlled therapeutic targets and reduce the side effects of drugs.

Another major challenge is the analysis of a large number of images and biomarkers, as well as the creation of tumor models in the laboratory to make progress in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

During sessions 4, 5 and 6, students will be introduced to new approaches in cancer research and will be able to experiment in the laboratory with top researchers.


Advanced Therapeutic Systems: Controlled Drug Release

Session 4 - Practical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday, March 5th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Venue: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: Maria Guix

Big data: analyzing large volumes of data for early diagnosis


Session 5 - Practical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday 12th March

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: pending


Bioengineering for healthy aging


Session 6 - Theoretical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday, March 26th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: Julia Sala

The number of people over 65 years of age is expected to increase from 92 million in 2013 to 148 million in 2060. The prevalence of age-related diseases will pose an unprecedented challenge to health systems in the European Union.

IBEC's research focuses on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, heart failure, neurodegenerative, respiratory and infectious diseases.

The development of the so-called organs-on-a-chip allows progress to be made both in the study of diseases and in testing the efficacy of drugs. Regenerative therapies also play a key role in this type of pathology as they seek to regenerate damaged organs and tissues.

On the other hand, bioengineering explores portable biomedical signal measurement devices, where patients can be monitored from home and be in permanent contact with hospitals and doctors.

During sessions 7, 8 and 9, students will address these new approaches to research in age-related pathologies, discuss new models of drug testing versus animal experimentation, and will be able to put their acquired knowledge into practice in the laboratory.

 

Rehabilitation controlled by artificial intelligence


Session 7 - Practical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday, April 2nd

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: SPECS group


Signal processing: heart rate monitoring using m-Health devices


Session 8 - Practical session in face-to-face / virtual format

Date: Saturday, April 30th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12 or online session

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: pending

 

Bioengineering for the treatment of rare diseases


Session 9 - Theoretical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday 7th May

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place:: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: Juanma Fernández

We consider a disease or a minority disorder when it affects less than one person per 2,000. There are more than 6000 rare diseases that affect 30 million people in the European Union. Eighty percent of these diseases are genetic in origin and are often chronic and life-threatening.

Bioengineering could find new strategies based on technological development for the treatment of rare diseases. IBEC is currently studying diseases such as cystic fibrosis, generic mitochondrial disorders, neuromuscular diseases and myotonic diseases.

The basic study of these diseases plays a fundamental role in understanding the processes that generate them. Advanced microscopy is a very powerful tool that allows us to study the mechanisms of living tissues at the manometric level.

Bio-nano-fabrication and biomimetics: organs-on-a-chip and organoids

Session 10 - Practical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday, May 21st

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: Juanma Fernandez and Alba Herrero


Advanced microscopy and imaging


Session 11 - Practical session in face-to-face format

Date: Saturday, June 18th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Language: Catalan / Spanish / English

Session by: pending

 

Neglected diseases


Session 12 - Virtual format

Date: Saturday 17th September

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: Online session

Session coordination: Pilar Jimenez

Session by: pending

Language: Catalan

 

 

* The attendance of the sessions will be subject to change depending on the health situation.

 

Module C - Complementary workshops
Workshop: The Ethics of Science

Session 13 - Face-to-face format *

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Session coordination: Pilar Jiménez

Session by: Pilar Jiménez, Clara Civit, Cristina Arimany

Language: Catalan

 

Workshop: Scientific communication


Session 14 - Face-to-face format

Date: Saturday, November 5th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: IBEC, Baldiri Reixac 10-12

Session coordination: Guillermo Orts

Session by: Guillermo Orts

Language: Catalan

Workshop: Preparation of the final paper

Session 15 - Virtual format

Date: Saturday, November 12th

Time: 10h to 13.30h

Place: Online session

Session coordination: Guillermo Orts

Session by: Pilar Jiménez

Language: Catalan

* The presence of the sessions will be subject to change depending on the health situation.

 

Calendari 2022
Calendari 2022
Dissabte 29 de gener
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
Introducció al món de la Bioenginyeria
Sessió teòrica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 5 de febrer
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
El mètode científic. Reflexions i posada en pràctica.
Sessió teòrica-pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 19 de febrer
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
La Bioenginyeria per al diagnòstic i pronòstic del càncer
Sessió teòrica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 5 de març
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
Sistemes terapèutics avançats: alliberament controlat de fàrmacs
Sessió pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 12 de març
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
Big data: l’anàlisi de grans volums de dades per al diagnòstic precoç
Sessió pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 26 de març
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
La bioenginyeria per a un envelliment saludable
Sessió teòrica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 2 d’abril
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
La rehabilitació controlada per intel·ligència artificial
Sessió pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 30 d’abril
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
Processament de senyals: monitorització del ritme cardíac mitjançant dispositius m-Health
Sessió pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 7 de maig
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
La Bioenginyeria per al tractament de les malalties minoritàries
Sessió teòrica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 21 de maig
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
Bio-nano-fabricació i biomimètica: els òrgans en un xip i els organoids
Sessió pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 18 de juny
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
Microscòpia avançada i imatge
Sessió pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 17 de setembre
Sessió online
Les malalties oblidades
Sessió teòrica. Format virtual. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 22 d’octubre
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
L’ètica de la ciència
Sessió teòrica-pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 5 de novembre
IBEC, Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12
La comunicació científica
Sessió teòrica-pràctica. Format presencial. 10h a 13.30h
Dissabte 12 de novembre
Sessió online
Preparació de presentacions
Sessió teòrica-pràctica. Format virtual. 10h a 13.30h