Dissemination

Dissemination

It’s a no brainer: obstacle-free exchange between research and industry will bring benefits to both, and above all will have a positive impact on society.

But despite the evidence, companies and research labs view each other often as alien worlds. Changing this view is one of the challenges of the new European Commission funded Industrial Doctorate (EID) project. Such a grant has been awarded to Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) for the action entitled ¨4D analysis of heart development and regeneration using advanced light microscopy ¨-in short 4Dheart- under the H2020 framework.

4Dheart started on 1 January 2017 with a budget of 1.5 million € and will run for a total of four years and train 6 early stage researchers. The future predoctoral researchers will join the project after a rigorous selection process and will be the best life-science graduates from several European universities. Each will be jointly supervised by a researcher from an academic sector and a supervisor from a partner industrial sector and will spend half of his/her training at premises of this partner. At the end of this period, they will defend their PhD at one of the prestigious Universities which are part of the network.

The coordinator of the project is Prof. Miguel Torres from CNIC, a leading international research center dedicated to understanding the basis of cardiovascular health and disease and to translating this knowledge into improved patient care. He will supervise the training of the ESRs with collaboration of Prof. Borja Ibáñez.

The companies participating in 4Dheart are recognized world leaders in innovation. Among them we could highlight the following companies. Acquifer which integrates expertise for the development of assays, instruments and tools required for whole organism and cell based high content screening applications, and is strongly interlinked with a network of scientific and industrial partners. Leica Microsystems’ Life Science Division which supports the imaging needs of the scientific community with advanced innovation and technical expertise for the visualization, measurement and analysis of microstructures. Philips Healthcare (PH) one of the Product Divisions (PD) of Royal Philips Electronics.

The training will be done in collaboration with the following academic partners of the project: University of Bern a top-class performer in research areas that are of great social and scientific importance, represented by Prof. Nadia Mercader; the CNRS Laboratory for Optics and Biosciences at Ecole Polytechnique with a very interdisciplinary group of researchers and scientific projects (Prof. Willy Supatto, PhD) and the laboratory of Prof, Julien Vermot located at the IGBMC, one of the leading centers of biomedical research in Europe.

Beyond training participants for future postdoctoral research, 4Dheart will expand the professional possibilities open to these investigators at the end of their doctoral training. The training offered in this EID is extensive and broad, so that on completing the program, students will be able to choose among careers in academic research, the private sector, patent protection and science communication, or they might even be inspired to form their own start-up. This broad range of options is fostered by the diversity of the industrial partners in 4Dheart, including the imaging technology sector and biotech.

ESR 4 Morena Rayola

ESR 4 Morena Rayola

  • 8 April 2019

Between 8th and 11th April, school and company met together in an appointment offered by Las Estancias Educativas en Empresas (EEE) of the Comunidad de Madrid. The aim of the activity was to bring the schoolchildren closer to the world of work, fully integrating them into the daily routine.

Here at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC), I met Sara and Santiago two teenagers from upper school.

First of all, my aim with them was to make them understand the importance of collaboration. Then I tried in simple words to explain my role in the team as engineer, showing them my results achieved so far in the 4D-Heart project.

I showed them in-vivo images of the heart and explained how meticulously they are recorded. Then ,with videos and drawings we have seen how the heart develops in the first moments of life in a mice embryo.

Once they learned to understand a heart in microscope images, it was time to test their patience and put them in my shoes. Creating a mathematical model is a real challenge...

… and so I asked them to use some tools (eg Imaris) that I use every day to manually segment and tracking heart cells (obviously they gave up after a while) …

8 April 2019
31 May 2019
CellMoves meeting in Barcelona

CellMoves meeting in Barcelona

  • 31 May 2019

On 31th May, I have participated at the annual CellMoves meeting in Barcelona. In this occasion, people involved in the analysis of the cellular behaviour during morphogenesis in vertebrates worked synergistically. The objective common was deep understanding how cells proliferate and reorganize themselves to acquire the shape and tissue modelling essential for their proper function. The objects of discussion were two classical mouse organogenesis models: the heart and the limbs. As regard my research, my team and I, we presented a first pipeline that could be useful to generate a descriptive 4D computer model of the heart tube at cellular resolution.

ESR1 Laia Ortiz

ESR1 Laia Ortiz

  • 12 December 2018

Declics is an outreach activity organized by Cercle FSER (http://www.cerclefser.org/fr/declics/). Cercle FSER is composed of the laureates of the Foundation Schlumberger for Education and Research.

Among others, their main objectives are to promote pure research and its openings among young people, encourage a dialogue between researchers and the general public and outreach to the general audience of the stakes of pure research in life sciences.

Declics is an event that tries to bring closer researchers and teenagers. I participated by visiting the Lycée Marie Curie (https://www.lycee-mariecurie.org/) the 21.12.2018 from 9.00h to 11.00h.

The event started with a talk given by Stéphanie Blandin (a group leader from IBMC) followed by a Speed Meeting. My role was to be an ambassador during the Speed Meeting.

Students were divided in groups of 5 people. Ambassadors had 12 minutes per table to talk with the students (schematic draw in French in the end of the page). All the ambassadors had a science-related position but not all of us where necessarily PhD students.

The objective of the Speed Meeting was to explain them in a simple way what was your work about, explaining them in which Project you were working and answer them any questions they might had about your work or about science in general. Then we had a coffee with the teachers to discuss all together how the event went. For me it was a good activity as it forced me to explain my Project in an understandable way for the general public. The most challenging part was that most of students were not fluent in English and I had to do part of the talking in French.

For the students, I think it is a good approach as it allows them to see how research really works and it allows them to take more informed decisions about their future.

12 December 2018
2018
Getting know CNIC

Getting know CNIC

  • 2018

In the frame of the event “Getting to know the CNIC” offered to Predoctoral Researchers 4Dheart project has been presented as a great opportunity for the elaboration of the thesis. The event took place 15th of February 2018 at CNIC premises.

Week of Science

Week of Science

  • 2017

Week of Science in Madrid is one of Europe’s most important scientific events. Its main objective is to make science and technology more accessible to the general public.

It actually takes place over two weeks, and includes over 500 activities in different cities, towns and villages in the Region of Madrid: open days, film series, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, guided tours, excursions, etc. This programme aims to facilitate awareness among the general public of a wide variety of today’s scientific issues, such as energy policy and the latest advances in health. This year one of the topics was: The Life in 3D.

2017
2017
Researchers’ Night

Researchers’ Night

  • 2017

Every year hundreds of events take place simultaneously in Europe and neighboring countries. In 2017 all the events took place – simultaneously- on Friday 29 September*, in over 300 cities across Europe and in neighboring countries. This year our partner institution UBERN has participated in it. The main objective was to communicate to the general public the need for these new specialties in biomedical research. With our event we have tried to bring the researchers closer to the general public as professionals and as human beings