The 6th edition of the BIST Conference took place last week, with its main day dedicated to the topic of precision medicine, and satellite sessions focusing on current issues within art and science, and diversity in STEM careers. A third satellite session, which took place in the framework of the 2022 Setmana de la Ciència, was devoted to sharing precision medicine research projects from the BIST Community with high school students.
On November 10th, the 2022 BIST Conference took place at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). As in previous editions, the main day was devoted to a key research area for BIST, this year focusing on precision medicine.
The day kicked off with a welcome by Joan Guinovart, IRB Barcelona Emeritus Professor and BIST Dolors Aleu Graduate Centre Academic Director, who highlighted the outstanding research in precision medicine that is done by the BIST Community, including some of the recent advances in colorectal cancer and diabetes.
The new BIST Director, Eduard Vallory, addressed the BIST Community with words of encouragement to keep working hard to investigate some of the most prevalent diseases in the world today.
A keynote talk was done by Geoff Macintyre, Group Leader at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), entitled “Enabling pan-cancer precision medicine“, in which he presented a comprehensive framework to decode chromosomal instability, facilitating new drug discovery, improved patient stratification for targeted therapies, and precision use of classic cytotoxic chemotherapies.
The conference also included selected flash talks and posters by BIST Community PhD students, postdocs, and researchers, as well as investigators from other research centres in the Barcelona area. Our Postdoctoral Resarcher Dr. Salvio Suárez-García gave a flash talk entitled “Mussel-inspired membranes for personalized tissue regeneration” based on the Tirecat Project.