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Sara Lorenzoni has participated in #Pint24 talking about the nanomaterials

Sara Lorenzoni has participated in #Pint24 talking about the nanomaterials

Yesterday the last session of the Pint Of Science 2024 took place. Sara Lorenzoni, a WIT PhD fellow, talk about the interesting world of Nanoparticles in her talk entitled 'Nanomaterials: a revolution in Biomedicine'.

The Pint of Science festival is an international event that is held annually in hundreds of venues across the world, with the aim of getting people closer to the science. How? By bringing the science to the bars, so that the researchers can share their knowledge and achievements in different fields with the general public, using an understandable language and a friendly way.

Following the leitmotiv of the event, Sara made us go deeper into our imagination, and proposing curious similes, she made us realize how these extra tiny materials (1000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair) and the research that is being done in different fields of application are shaking up the world of biomedicine.

Since therapies based on nanoparticles work as precise messengers or mini-taxis that transport drugs directly to the specific cells to be treated, exactly where they are needed, these treatments avoid attacking healthy cells and reduce serious side effects of conventional therapies such as chemotherapy.

Sara is a WIT Predoctoral researcher at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Unav, under the guidance of Dr. María Blanco Prieto. Sara is developing her thesis on Targeted nanomedicines for the treatment of neuroblastoma, to 'cure better' this severe pediatric cancer, because children do not only need to survive but to grow up as healthy adults.

The benefits of these scientific advances for the society are unquestionable, and we look with hope to the future in relation to the target treatments of serious diseases and the application in tissue engineering, such as the recovery of neural or bone tissue.

Deborah Liguori, a WIT's PhD fellow, has completed an interesting secondment at the Istituto di Chimica dei Composti Organometallici in Florence

Deborah Liguori, a WIT's PhD fellow, has completed an interesting secondment at the Istituto di Chimica dei Composti Organometallici in Florence

Deborah Liguori, a PhD student of WIT at the Public University of Navarra, recently completed a three-month internship at the Istituto di Chimica dei Composti Orgganometallici (ICCOM-CNR) in Florence, Italy, under the guidance of Professor Claudio Sangregorio. Deborah's research focused on synthetising and characterizing high-entropy antiferromagnetic monoxides. Notably, she had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Beatrice Muzzi, a specialist in high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HTEM). This internship provided valuable hands-on experience, new techniques and networking opportunities with field experts.

This young researcher obtained one of the eight PhD positions that were granted in the first call of the WIT-Welcoming International Talent Programme, specifically in the area of Energy-Development of advanced materials and technologies for energy production. In April 2023 she joined the group of Physical properties and applications of materials that belong to the Science Departament and the Research Institute for Advanced Materials and Mathematics (INAMAT2) of the UPNA. She develops her research work under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Alberto López Ortega.

WIT continues making progress with the cross-sectional courses, within the framework of doctoral training

WIT continues making progress with the cross-sectional courses, within the framework of doctoral training

WIT continues making progress with the cross-sectional courses, within the framework of doctoral training:

Both topics are interesting approaches to have in mind for a better research work. 

To get more info, visit the Doctoral School of the Public University of Navarra.

The doctoral training of the WIT project starts, with the course "First steps in submitting papers and asking for projects"

The doctoral training of the WIT project starts, with the course "First steps in submitting papers and asking for projects"

The first doctoral training course organized within the WIT project has started. It is an interesting course for researchers titled "First steps in submitting papers and asking for projects", given by Nazareth Torres, PhD in Biology and Environment by UNAV,  and currently a Ramón & Cajal Researcher at the Department of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food of the Public University of Navarra-UPNA. 

Mid-term visit from the European Commission to review the ongoing implementation of the WIT Project

Mid-term visit from the European Commission to review the ongoing implementation of the WIT Project

Last week, Simona Misiti (Project Adviser at European Commission) visited us in Pamplona for the mid-term review of the WIT Project.

Simona, it was great having you here and learning from your experience and knowledge!!!

In addition, the presentations made by the WIT ESRs already integrated at UPNA and UNAV were very interesting and useful to know more about you and your research projects. Thank you for your participation and involvement in WIT!!

Official reception by the President of Navarra to welcome the ESRs of the WIT Project

Official reception by the President of Navarra to welcome the ESRs of the WIT Project

20/11/2023

The President of the Government of Navarra has welcomed the WIT's ESR, and has highlighted Navarra's commitment to research and innovation.

At the reception, the President of Navarre was accompanied by the main representatives of the collaborating entities of the WIT project: Department of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation, and the two hosting universities, the Public University of Navarra-Upna and the University of Navarra-Unav. 

The President thanked the work and commitment to research of the nine participants in the reception, eight researchers from the first call and one from the second edition, which has recently been resolved.

Have a look to the video to know more about the WIT Project and our researchers.

All the ESRs awarded in the first call of the WIT fellowship are already in Pamplona, working in their projects. Alison García, Ihtesham Khan, Deborah Liguori, Asheem Garwa and Syed Nazim Shah at the Public Univeresity of Navarra, and Aline Risson, Lorea Jordana and Niloufar Sadat Hosseini at the University of Navarra. Sara Lorenzoni, awarded in the second call is also in Pamplona, integrated at UN and developing her research. We are waiting for the other awarded fellows who will join us soon.

WIT introduces you the ESRs already integrated in their respective research groups at UPNA and UNAV

WIT introduces you the ESRs already integrated in their respective research groups at UPNA and UNAV

09/11/2023

8 ESRs of WIT are already working on their respective projects at UPNA and UNAV, WIT's hosting universities. Their PhD projects develop research in one of the four strategic areas of WIT: Energy, Health and Automotive-Mechatronics & Advanced Manufacturing, with the Artificial Intelligence as a cross-sectional area.

We had a friendly meeting to know each other and visit the old town of Pamplona during the afternoon of November 9th, 2023. We really enjoyed the time spent with them. It has been very nice to share this afternoon with you! Thank you for making it so easy and enjoyable!

If you want to know more about our WIT's ESR and their interesting research projects, visit the PhD students section on the website.

Waiting for the arrival of the next fellows, we are preparing next events... so keep informed!

Lorea Jordana, a PhD student at Cima-University of Navarra with a WIT contract, has presented her work at the 30th annual Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) held in Brussels last week

Lorea Jordana, a PhD student at Cima-University of Navarra with a WIT contract, has presented her work at the 30th annual Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) held in Brussels last week

31/10/2023

From 24 to 27 of October of 2023 Lorea attended the mentioned international congress, where she was selected for a presentation of her research entitled “Identification of key regulatory factors driving CAR-T cell dysfuntion in MM by single cell multiomics”.

Previously, she also joined the “2023 Summer School in Computational Biology” in Coimbra (Portugal), where she had the opportunity to learn about topics related to computational biology and worked in a biological system modeling project under the supervision of Prof. Armindo Salvador.

WIT International Doctorate programme for talent attraction is launched

WIT International Doctorate programme for talent attraction is launched.

04/10/2021

Cofunded by the EU as part of the H2020-Marie Sklodowska Curie Action Cofund, the Government of Navarre and the Department of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation are promoting this project, which represents a firm commitment to position the Navarre Innovation System in Europe.