This infrastructure connects researchers to share knowledge, improve competitiveness and promote training in nanomedicine.
The Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has launched “Conexión-Nanomedicina” (Nanomedicine Connection, NanomedCSIC), a new scientific collaboration network to promote research in nanomedicine. The new network fosters a multidisciplinary approach to research in nanomedicine to share knowledge and involves chemists, physicists and biologists. NanomedCSIC is a platform open to all CSIC groups with active research in nanomedicine, which will promote this discipline by applying technology at the atomic and molecular level to improve the detection and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and infectious pathologies, among others. Nanosfun group has been recently included in this network, aiming to boost our research in the area.
Nanomedicine consists of applying nanotechnology, that is, of materials with a size range around 100 nanometers, to face biomedical problems such as early diagnosis, the appearance of new treatments with therapeutic nanomaterials or the efficient transport of drugs. To promote this multidisciplinary field through new projects, international collaborations and greater coordination with different institutions, both public and private, “Conexion-Nanomedicina CSIC” is structured around five lines of activity: global management, planning and positioning, attracting young talent, mobility and communication.
The network is coordinated by Fernando Herranz (IQM-CSIC, director of the Nanomedicine Group of the Institute of Medical Chemistry (IQM-CSIC) and María del Puerto Morales, director of the Group of Materials for Medicine and Biotechnology of the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). The new network aims to create a connection, sustained in the medium and long-term, among the personal researcher of the different institutes of the CSIC on nanomedicine. This work involves more than twenty working groups that will pursue knowledge transfer, the development of joint activities and even the exchange of research personnel.
Among the centers included in the project, there are national and international references such as the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC); the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC); the Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ-CSIC); the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragón (INMA-CSIC) and the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), among others.