24th July 2018

The project ByAxon, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated from IMDEA Nanociencia, has been designated a success story.

ByAxon is devoted to the restoration of the signal transmission through the spinal cord by developing an innovative implant to help patients regain control and sense of their limbs. Despite the project is in an early stage and much more research is needed to take, ByAxon is shaping what might, eventually, turn out to be a major breakthrough in the treatment of paralysis. The innovative approach to neural interfacing involves the development of a new generation of sensors and electrodes based on nanostructured materials. While its research focuses on spinal cord injuries, the partners observe that the technology could be harnessed for other types of neural interface. Examples include retinal implants, brain-recording systems for people with epilepsy, and deep-brain stimulation devices for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

ByAxon is an interdisciplinary consortium of 6 partners (5 research institutions IMDEA Nanociencia, CNRS-GREYC; SISSA, SESCAM, ICMM-CSIC; and 1 company mfd-Diagnostics) from 4 EU countries (Spain, France, Italy and Germany), and is funded by a Horizon 2020’s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme, through a grant scheme designed to support the initial stages of research exploring radically new ideas (FET-Open).

Read the full success story in the European Commission’s Information Centre:


16th July 2018

Our project will participate in the European Researchers' Night 2018, that will be held on the 28th September. The European Researchers' Night is is a pan-European scientific event taking place on the last Friday night of September; the event receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme- Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions- under Grant Agreement No. 818528. The partners Concepción Serrano, Lucas Sanchez and Rubén Guerrero will present to a group of interested people the fundamentals of ByAxon research in the form of talks and interactive activities.

More information and inscriptions can be found in the website of the foundation Madri+d:


6th June 2018

The CNRS-GREYC lab has participated to the French national action “Apprentis chercheurs” in order to present the ByAxon project. From January to June 2018, one Wednesday afternoon per month, 2 young middle and high school students participated to the research activities in the lab. They could learn how to deposit thin films using Pulsed Laser Deposition, what is a sensor, how to produce magnetic field by using electrical current, what are analogic and numerical signals. On Wednesday June 6th 2018, they presented their project in front of all the other young researchers, their teachers and their parents.
Thanks and congratulations to Virgile and Arnaud for their participation to the project.


María Concepción Serrano López-Terradas (ICMM-CSIC) in Castilla-La Mancha Media.

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CASTILLA-LA MANCHA HOY | María Concepción Serrano López-Terradas Doctora en Biología.

Teresa Rodríguez, principal investigator of ByAxon, explains the project in Lab24, a scientific dissemination programme of the Spanish national TV (minute 4:05). [04.07.2017]

Rodolfo Miranda, director of IMDEA Nanociencia and PI of ByAxon, together with Jose Raúl Castro, announces the project in "Conversatorios Casa América" --an interviews show of the Spanish national television. (minute 13:02). [02.06.2017]

M. Concepción Serrano and Elisa López welcome the cameras of the Spanish regional TV news  to the Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos (SESCAM). Minute 13:10. [16.01.2017]

PhD / first stage researcher (closed)

Application deadline: 9th May 2018

The PhD candidate will work on the FET Project entitled "Towards an active bypass for neural reconnection — ByAxon" targeting to develop an active bypass based on nanotechnology aiming to neural reconnection directly at the spinal cord level. The researcher will focus on materials science and spintronics, designing metal and magnetic nanowire and characterizing them with microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, including electron microscopies, magnetometry, magneto-transport and synchrotron radiation techniques.

More information on EURAXESS:

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