Juan Luis Paris successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Ultrasound-Responsive Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications"
In this thesis, different approaches to drug delivery systems were studied:
- Drug release induced by ultrasound through mesoporous silica nanoparticles coated with thermo- and ultrasound-sensitive polymers.
- Ultrasound-enhanced nanoparticle uptake by cancer cells through the removal of a polyethylene glycol shield anchored to mesoporous silica nanoparticles.
- Cavitation-enhanced accumulation and penetration of nanoparticles in tumor tissue by combining mesoporous silica nanoparticles with gas-stabilizing polymeric particles.
- Cellular transport of mesoporous silica nanoparticles towards tumors employing placental mesenchymal stem cells as carriers of the nanoparticles.
Prof. Avi Schroeder imparted the conference entitled: "Personalized Nanomedicines: Principles for engineering nanoparticles loaded with drugs and molecular machines". VERDI Seminar. Pharmacy Faculty. UCM. November 22, 2017.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí at The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Challenges of the Bioeconomy. November 14th-15th, Madrid.
The 24 Month Meeting of the Mozart Project (H2020-NMP6-2015-Grant Number 685872) has taken place in Institute of Biomaterials at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany the past 7th and 8th of November. Two members of the Vallet-Regi group attended the meeting, Miguel Manzano and Miguel Gisbert, who gave the talk entitled “Polymeric stimuli responsive gate for the nanomatrices developed in WP3”. They also participated actively in the following discussions on WP4 future activities.
María Vallet-Regí imparted the conferences entitled "From implants to regenerative medicine" and "Day with the students of the institute jovellanos". 13th Jovellanos Conference on Scientific Divultation. Gijón. November 7, 2017.
The BIOCERAMICS 29. 29th Sumposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine, was held on october 25-27, 2017, Toulouse. . Prof. María Vallet-Regí imparted the Keynote lecture entitled: "Tools to prepare stimuli-responsive nanocarriers", and Prof. Ana Fontecha imparted the communication:"3D printed mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds doped with silver nanoparticles for bone infecion treatment".
The I Fórum Gadea Ciencia "Thinking from Science" was held on October 24, 2017 at CSIC, Madrid. María Vallet-Regí imparted the conference entitled: "Diagnostic and therapeutic nanotechnologies: nanomedicine".
Profs Maria Vallet-Regi and Antonio Salinas teach the Course “Biomateriales Nanociencia y Nanotecnolgía” that takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from October 16th to 27th 2017, inside the framework of the Escuela Complutense Latinoamericana, ECL. Prof. Vallet-Regi gave her talks from October 16th to 20th and Prof. Salinas from October 23rd to October 27th
On 17-22 September Euromat 2017 is being celebrated. Ten members of the research group GIBI are participating with ten oral and two posters contributions. Additionally Profa. Maria Vallet is participating as coordinator of biomaterials and healthcare area, which comprises 6 different symposiums and as member of scientific committee.Prof Salinas, Arcos, Manzano, Colilla, Izquierdo and Dr. Baeza are participating as organiser and chair in different symposiums.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí imparted the conference entitled: "Multifunctional Nanosystems". 2nd SUMMER SCHOOL OF EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL SOCIETIES FORNANOMEDICINE (ESNAM/ISNM). Vall d’Hebron University Hospital. Barcelona. September, 28-29 2017.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí imparted the Plenary Lecture entitled: "Response-triggering stimuli in drug release". ICONAN 2017. International Conference on Nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology. Barcelona. September 25-27, 2017.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí with several participants in the congress including Prof. Nicholas Peppas, Prof. Aldo Boccaccini, Prof. Jiang Chang and the chair Maria Chatzinikolaidou.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí particed in special fellow session. Important Biomaterials Science Controversies. ESB 2017. 28th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR BIOMATERIALS. Atenas. September 4-8 2017.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí imparted the conference entitled: "Controlled Release of Drugs". in the Summer Course Knowledge and Values Cycle in the Palace of La Magdalena. International Menendez Pelayo University. Santander. July 26, 2017.
Valentina Nairi, Ph.D student in Biocatalysis Group of Professors Maura Monduzzi and Andrea Salis of Cagliari University, work as intern as visiting student and performs a part of her Ph.D work in collaboration with our group supervised by Prof Maria Vallet-Regi from May 6th to July 29th 2017.
On 6th July 2017, Marta Guembe García defended her Master Thesis Project entitled “Mesoporous silica nanoparticles decorated with policationic dendimers as targeting agents to bacteria”. Master in Biophysics (Faculty of Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
Supervisors: Blanca González Ortiz and Isabel Izquierdo-Barba
Qualification: 9 (highest grade 10).
On 6th July 2017, Mercedes Angulo Curto defended her Master Thesis Project entitled “Design and preparation of nanosystems with stealth properties against immune system”. Master in Biophysics (Faculty of Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
Supervisors: Montserrat Colilla Nieto and Isabel Izquierdo-Barba
Qualification: 10 (highest grade 10).
On 3rd July 2017, Daniel Pedraza Fernández defended his Master Thesis Project entitled “Nanoantibiotics: functionalizacion of mesoporous silica nanoparticles for bone infection treatment”. Master in Nanophysics and Advanced Materials (Faculty of Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
Supervisors: Isabel Izquierdo-Barba and Montserrat Colilla Nieto
Qualification: 9.5 (highest grade 10).
On 26th June 2017, Carlos Astorga Martín defended his Bachelor’s Degree Final Project entitled “Zwitterionization of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as an alternative to PEGylation”. Materials Engineering Degree (Faculty of Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
Supervisors: Isabel Izquierdo-Barba and Montserrat Colilla Nieto
Qualification: 8.3 (highest grade 10)
Elena Varini, from Modena University, stays five months in GIBI Elena Varini, Master student of Professors Ledi Menabue and Gianluca Malavasi of Modena University, performs her Master Final Work in our group supervised by Drs Sandra Sánchez-Salcedo and Antonio Salinas from February 1st to June 30th 2017.
Members of GIBI group participated at 7th international Colloids Conference
Biology and Chemistry
Solid and porous material, of synthetic or natural origin, with an average pore size ranging between micropores (less than 2 nm) and macropores (more than 50 nm). The pore structure might be arranged or not, and provides an extremely high surface area in a relatively small amount of material.
According to IUPAC nomenclature, the mesoporous material is halfway between the pore sizes defining microporous materials (up to 2nm), and macroporous materials, which exhibit pore diameters larger than 50 nm. They have many applications in the fields of catalysis, molecular separation, drug release or chemical sensors to name but a few, as a consequence of the network of porous cavities in their inner structure.
Silica ordered mesoporous materials, carbon molecular sieves, organic/inorganic hybrid porous materials and porous metallic oxides.
Gadea Science Foundation (Fundación Gadea por la Ciencia, FGC)has been established with the aim of contributing to the improvement and advancement of the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation field. This statewide organization will strive to empower Science and its reach in our society; this goal must also be embraced by the private sector and public institutions. As a consultation and discussion body, the foundation includes a Scientific Assessment Council (CCA-FGC), formed by 40 qualified Spanish scientists in various fields, with Prof. María Vallet-Regí among them.
The presentation of the Gadea Foundation has also been collected in other media:
On Friday, 5th May, Prof. Vallet-Regí had an invited conference entitled ‘Nanoparticles: Clinical Applications’ in the framework of Women, Science and Materials Engineering, a two-day workshop included among the activities of MaterialsWeek 2017, held in the first week of May at Moncloa Excellence Campus.
Dr. Antonio Salinas imparted the keynote talk “Bioceramics based on bioactive glasses for bone regeneration: present and future perspectives” at the Symposium Bioceramics and Composites of the 92nd Deutsche Keramische Gesellsschaft e. V. (DKG) Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Symposium on High-Performance Ceramics that took place at the Teschnische Universitat Berlin, Germany on March 20, 2017.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí has been elected in the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She had the honour to be inducted to the Class of 2017 at AIMBE´s Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Science in Washington DC on March 20th 2017.
Prof. María Vallet-Regí imparted the conference entitled: “Polyvalent mesoporous nanosystem as drug carriers” at 5th International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials. 6-10 March 2017. Lisbon, Portugal
Researchers at Universidad Complutense, Universitat Politècnica de València and Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBER-BBN) have designed a new hybrid material suitable for producing implants aimed at solving bone infections and tumors. Its main novel feature is the inclusión of molecular gates allowing the controlled release of antibiotics and antitumoral drugs.
Prof. Maria Vallet Regí ranks 55 in the 4th edition of the ranking of scientists in Spanish Institutions (Spain) according to their Google Scholar Citations public profiles. This edition includes the data collected during the second week of December 2016.
February 11th is the World ‘Women and Girls in Science’ Day. With this celebration in mind, four remarkable UCM female faculty members carried out a relaxed and fruitful dialogue regarding their respective careers and experiences.
Hypatia of Alexandria, Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin or Jane Goodall. Her names belong to History but, how many names of women fighting for science are long forgotten? To celebrate the World ‘Women and Girls in Science’ Day, this next saturday, five Complutense University researchers from different generations reflect on their careers and push for an equality yet to be achieved.
The Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering recently launched the ‘Woman & Engineering’ Initiative, aimed at increasing the interest and visibility of engineering and architecture degrees among girls and teenagers, as well as increasing the awareness among female professionals in these fields to improve their opportunities for promotion to technologically responsible and leading positions.