BIST awards the first five “Ignite” multidisciplinary projects with 20,000€ each

<p>The BIST founding conference took place on 31st March at the CCCB in Barcelona. (Image: BIST)</p>
The BIST founding conference took place on 31st March at the CCCB in Barcelona. (Image: BIST)
  • <p>The BIST founding conference took place on 31st March at the CCCB in Barcelona. (Image: BIST)</p>
  • <p>Miquel A. Pericàs, director of BIST (Image: BIST)</p>
  • <p>Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, opened the BIST founding conference (Image: BIST)</p>
  • <p>Manuel Palacín and Pau Ballester, "Ignite" awardees, with Miquel A. Pericàs (Image: BIST)</p>
  • <p>Pablo Dans Puiggros and Victoire Neguembor, Ignite awardees, with Miquel A. Pericàs (Image: BIST)</p>

The announcement took place during the BIST Founding Conference on Friday 31 March at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, opened the BIST Founding Conference in front of 300 participants including leading scientists from the six BIST’s centers (CRG, IRB Barcelona, ICN2,ICIQ, ICFO and IFAE) and invited speakers from top research centers around the world.

The conference continued with a series of dialogues in the four areas that BIST has identified as strategic for the development of multidisciplinary projects: chemical biology, graphene, big data and microscopy.

During the conference, BIST announced the five winning proposals of the first BIST Ignite call, an initiative to promote multidisciplinary research through the collaboration of diverse teams from BIST centres and external ones.The proposals CALIX4TRANS, a collaboration between Pau Ballester (ICIQ) and Manuel Palacín (IRB Barcelona), and GENSTORM, a collaboration between Marie Victoire Neguembor (CRG) and Pablo Dans Puiggros (in Modesto Orozco's laboratory at IRB Barcelona) are among the winning projects.

The Ignite initiative takes place in two phases: in the first, the selected projects will receive 20,000€ each. By the end of 2017, the two projects with the highest potential will be selected to receive additional funding of 50,000€ each.

Summaries of projects with IRB Barcelona's participation:

CALIX4TRANS will focus on research at the frontier of chemistry and biology, specifically on synthetic materials capable of transporting amino acids and small molecules through lipid barriers. Advances in this area may have applications in new methods for the controlled release of drugs at the cellular level and in the treatment of diseases such as cystic fibrosis and diabetes.

GENSTORM combines high-resolution microscopy with molecular modeling techniques to investigate how genes are physically organized within the cell nucleus and how this affects their function. This is the first super-resolution study of how some genes of great interest are organized during the process of cell differentiation. STORM images can provide new three-dimensional and quantitative information that will allow the integration of genomic and epigenomic data available to provide a new view of DNA and genes.

Find more about the other Ignite projects here