BYAXON, A SUCCESS STORY OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FUNDED PROJECTS24th 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: http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?artid=49578
Could #nanotechnology ‘rewire’ an injured spinal cord?— Horizon 2020?? (@EU_H2020) July 24, 2018
Meet the #H2020 project conducting early-stage research into the development of an implant that would reconnect nerves on either side of the lesion & restore the transmission of signals from and to the brain. pic.twitter.com/6guAaDNEiJ
The consortium of ByAxon gathered for the 1st-year meeting (Action-Check) of the project on the 25th and 26th of January 2018. The partner GREYC Lab hosted this first edition in Caen (France) and all 6 partners of the consortium participated with their latest advances. On the first day of the meeting, the work of this first 12 months of project was presented; on the second day, the objetives were lively discussed and the plan for the next months was drafted. This first-year meeting is one of the meetings planned for the year 2018, and is a fundamental action for the successful progress of the project in the frame of an international and interdisciplinary consortium.
Lucas Pérez and Beatriz Rodilla have shown the laboratory of ByAxon at IMDEA Nanociencia to students from the highschool Las Canteras in Madrid. A total of 32 students have got an introduction to the project goals and the basic science behind ByAxon. The visit to the ByAxon Neural Interfaces' laboratory is part of a series of visits to the labs of IMDEA Nanociencia that the institute organizes periodically within the outreach program "Nanociencia para todos".
Bernd Lecher from mdf-Diagnostics was presenting the project ByAxon at the Analytica Fair in Munich. Analytica is a trade fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology that this year 2018 held its 27th edition with 1.164 exhibitors from 49 countries and over 35.800 visitors from all over the world.
I SPANISH CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF NANOMATERIALS11th June 2018
The ByAxon consortium has had a strong presence in the 1st Spanish Conference on Biomedical Applications on Nanomaterials (SBAN). The conference was held in Madrid, at Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid. SBAN is aimed to provide a unique opportunity for discussing the leading edge research and progress in the field of Nanomedicine. The average audience of the conference was over 200 people.
Concepción Serrano (ICMM) opened the 1st Spanish Conference on Biomedical Applications of Nanomaterials, SBAN18. In her talk, Dr. Serrano discussed the possibilities of "Graphene nanomaterials as a new opportunity for neural repair after spinal cord injury" and introduced the project ByAxon to the audience.
Our partner Beatriz Rodilla was giving an oral presentation on some of the results that IMDEA, CSIC and SESCAM are having on the project.
MASTER'S THESIS OF ANA ARCHÉ28th June 2018
Ana Arché Núñez has defended successfully her Master's Thesis "Fabrication and response to neural cells of metallic nanoelectrodes" with an excellent mark of 9.5/10. The thesis, defended at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, was directed jointly by our ByAxon's parthers Teresa González and Mª Concepción Serrano and conducted at IMDEA Nanociencia and Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales (CSIC).
Mª Concepción Serrano has organized, together with Dr. Clemente (Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos, SESCAM), a social-scientific simposium to disseminate the role of women in Neuroscience. The initative, held in other 24 national institutions in parallel, has been supported by the Comission of Women in Neuroscience of the Spanish Society of Neurosciences, with the occassion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science promoted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. In the event, Elisa López and Ana Domínguez (in the picture), among others, gave overview of several aspects of her lab work, as well as an overview of the project ByAxon to the audience. The event was targeted to scientists and clinicians, as well as patients and their families and the general public.
Lucas Pérez has presented today the project to the students of the Physics Faculty at Complutense University in Madrid. The simposium is comprised by a series of talks about different fields of Physics, organized by the Association of Aficionado Astronomers ASAAF.
BYAXON IN PINT OF SCIENCE 201815th May 2018
Lucas Pérez (IMDEA Nanociencia) presented our project to the audience of Pint of Science, in Guadalajara, Spain. The talk, included in the session "We are neurons", introduced the objetives of ByAxon to a broad audience of about 50 people.
Pint of Science was born as an initiative of two researchers of Imperial College (London) in 2012, to introduce Parkinson and Alzheimer patients to the research carried in their group. The event was a success, and in May 2013 the first Pint of Science festival was celebrated in UK. Pint of Science is a festival of brainstorming sessions led by scientists in public places such as cafes, bars and pubs. Nowadays, the festival is taking place in many cities across the world. This year 2018 has been a great success, with more than 272 cities from 21 different countries participating.
V SIMPOSIUM OF YOUNG RESEARCHERS IQFR29th May 2018
Beatriz Rodilla (IMDEA Nanociencia) is presenting today an oral contribution in the V Simposium of Young Researchers of IQFR, entitled "Nanotecnology for neural activity measurement and stimulation". This contribution is the joint research of ByAxon partners Lucas Pérez, Ana Domínguez, Ankor González, María Concepción Serrano, and the PIs of the project Rodolfo Miranda and Teresa González.
The simposium is organized every year by IQFR, the institute of Physical Chemistry of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). This year is attended by over 14 young researchers investigating in the fields of chemistry and physics.
8TH EARLY STAGE RESEARCHERS WORKSHOP14th June 2018
Today, our partners Vicente Muñoz and Beatriz Rodilla have been presenting the project ByAxon at the Early Stage Researchers Workshop ESRW. The ESRW is an initiative of IMDEA Nanociencia that began in 2010 with the purpose of bringing together early carreer scientists from different disciplines to present their research work in the field of nanoscience to the public for the first time. Currently, the workshop is organized by and for young researchers, and the objective is to encourage participation in the dissemination of science, create academic links and strengthen collaborations among future research pledges. This year 2018, the 8th edition of the workshop has been celebrated, with the participation of over 80 attendees.
Vicente has contributed with a poster, whilst Beatriz contributed with an oral communication. The full programme of the workshop can be visualized here.
HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS GET TO KNOW BYAXON PROJECT IN CNRS-GREYC LAB6th 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.