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A study on the impact of nanotechnology in medicine wins the PRBB Award for the best high school research project

A study on the impact of nanotechnology in medicine wins the PRBB Award for the best high school research project

Last Friday, the 12th PRBB Award was given to the best research project in the field of health and life sciences. From the more than 170 papers presented, five were chosen as finalists. The award ceremony coincided with the BioJúnior conference, organized by all the centres of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park.

02.05.2017

Júlia Gimbernat - Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona

On Friday 28th April, the presentation of the 12th PRBB Award for the best research project in the field of health and life sciences took place. 191 high school students from all over Catalonia participated and submitted a total of 172 papers to this competition, organized by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University and the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB).

“La grandesa del més petit” (The greatness of the smallest) is the title of the winning research project. Its author, Júlia Gimbernat, a student at the Montessori-Palau School in Girona, offers an introduction to the nanoscopic world through a series of experiments related with medicine. It demonstrates the great potential of targeted drugs, an efficient alternative in current cancer treatments that are usually associated with multiple unwanted side effects. The study also evaluates the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on technological development, concluding the importance of the synergy between research and enterprise to the benefit of society.

The five finalists presented a scientific poster about their work and defended it before a jury consisting of three PRBB researchers: Mireia Ortega, of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG); Lyudmila Liutsko, of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), and Jose Ayté of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University.

The ceremony ended with the presentation of the awards by Margarita Sala, PRBB general manager. Joaquim Gea, dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UPF, and Mireia Ortega of the CRG, as a representative of the jury. The prize-winning papers were:

Premi PRBB - Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona


  • 1st Prize: “La grandesa del més petit (The greatness of the smallest)

    Júlia Gimbernat Mayol, CCE Col·legi Montessori-Palau (Girona)

    2nd Prize: “Fotoprotecció solar” (Solar photoprotection)

    Marina Casas Acero, Escola Vilorai (Barcelona)

    3rd Prize: “La paradoxa de l'alcohol” (The paradox of alcohol)

    Albert Gil, Pablo Haasnoot and Laura Retamar, CIC Escola de Batxillerats (Barcelona)

    4th Prize: “Analysis in silico of the effectiveness of the main drugs used in Alzheimer’s disease

    Àlex Tudoras Miravet, Aula Escola Europea (Barcelona)

    5th Prize: “Light to understand life

    Martín de Muniategui Climente, Institut Giola (Llinars del Vallès)

    Special mentions

    Solving a real problem: “ELS ÀCARS: petits desconeguts que conviuen amb nosaltres” (DUSTMITES: little creatures that live with us)

    Roser Regada i Prat, Institut Francesc Ribalta (La Valldan, Lleida)

    Holistic approach of biomedicine:Estudi de la xarxa tròfica de l'espècie orcinus orca a Punta Norte (Argentina): la importància del depredador apical en les cascades tròfiques” (Study of the trophic network of the species orcinus orca in Punta Norte (Argentina): the importance of the apical predator in the trophic cascades)

    Marc Ruiz-Sagalés, IES Carles Vallbona

BioJunior - Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UPF and the PRBB have organized the PRBB Award for the best research project in health and life sciences since 2005. With this initiative, the two entities seek to encourage research into the biomedical sciences.

 

Research into health and life sciences seen from different angles

That same Friday, the third edition of BioJúnior also took place, a conference where the PRBB centres organize various activities for students of 10th and 11th grade. More than 300 students and teachers from eight schools in the province of Barcelona attended the event at which they enjoyed two round tables on scientific studies in HE, a guided tour around the different spaces and laboratories of the building, an information session organised by Barcelona Activa about the professions of the future, and an activity conducted by a group of researchers and communicators from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE, CSIC-UPF) "Science in your World”.