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30 September 2016, Noche de los Investigadores

Once again researchers from the CardioNext project took part in the European Researchers' Night with the aim to communicate scientific work and findings to the general public. As usual it was a great pleasure to engage with so many interested students and to try to inspire these future scientists. "Good questions inform. Great questions enlighten."


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18 May 2016, M+Vision


22 April 2016 - Meet the follows!


Click here to flip through pictures from the event taken by the FECYT photographer. If you would like to see some animated action, check out the video from "Meet the follows 2016". 

11 November 2014, Week of Science

 Week of Science

25 September 2014, Noche de Investigadores


23 July 2014, Participation in ACÉRCATE Program

The Acércate Program offers high school students studying natural and health sciences the chance to experience life as a biomedical real researcher with the aim of awakening interest in a career in research. The Participants spent 2 weeks at the CNIC learning modern techniques used in biomedical research, conducting supervises experiments, operating scientific equipment and presenting the results of their work, all under the supervision of our researchers. In the frame of this event CardioNext team has organised a small workshop with the following title: ¨Acércate a Marie Curie Actions.¨ covering the following topics:

  • Short presentation of the Marie Sklodowska- Curie Actions
  • General information on CardioNext Project
  • Scientific Part 1 ( Myocardial i/R model)
  • Scientific Part 2 ( Bioinformatics in Cardiovascular Research)
  • Scientific Part 3 (Proteome expression and protein alteration)

17-18 February 2014, The CNIC hosts the CardioNext kick-off meeting

It’s a no brainer: obstacle-free exchange between research and industry will bring benefits to both, and above all will have positive repercussions for society. But despite the evidence, businesses and research labs view each other as alien worlds. Changing this view is one of the challenges of the new European Commission funded Initial Training Network (ITN) awarded to the CNIC. The ITN, called CardioNext, was celebrated in high style at the kick-off meeting 17-18 of February , which brought together eight of the 12 predoctoral students enrolled in CardioNext and the companies and academic centers where they are receiving their training.

CardioNext started in the last quarter of 2013, after the award of the ITN to the CNIC before the summer. This was an especially notable achievement as this is so far the only single-center ITN in life sciences awarded to a Spanish research institute. Less than 3% of candidates for this type of project successfully make it through the selection procedure.

The CardioNext predoctoral researchers were chosen after a rigorous selection process and are among the best life-science graduates from several European universities. Each is supervised by a CNIC researcher—Alicia Gª Arroyo, Mercedes Ricote, Enrique Lara-Pezzi, Jesús Mª Vázquez, Jesús Mª Ruiz-Cabello, Borja Ibáñez, or Valentín Fuster. In addition, each trainee receives direction and advice from a mentor in one of the many organizations associated with the project—Agilent Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories, CROmed Research and Service Centers, Exiqon, Instituto de Medicina Genómica, Mastercell, Metabolon, miRagen Therapeutics, Novartis, Philips Healthcare Iberia, SilicoLife, Thermos Fisher Scientific, uniQure, WITec Wissenschaftliche Instrumente und Technologies, and the non-profits Généthon and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Also participating in CardioNext are top-flight international research institutes at which the students will receive dedicated training during short visits.

The companies participating in CardioNext are recognized world leaders in innovation. One, for example, designed the first gene therapy to be tested in clinical trials. Representatives of these companies came to the kick-off meeting, where they described the projects they are running with the participation of the selected students. Participants at the meeting also used the opportunity to form working groups to hone these projects and optimize their performance.

Beyond training participants for future postdoctoral research, CardioNext will expand the professional possibilities open to these investigators at the end of their doctoral training. The training offered in this ITN 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 CardioNext, which include representatives from, among others, the pharmaceutical industry, the imaging technology sector, biotech, and gene therapy.

The CNIC obtained €2.7 million in funding to launch CardioNext, which will run for four years. During this time the selected students will complete their doctoral theses.

Click here if you would like to watch a short TV report (language = Spanish).

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