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Monday, 15 June 2020

The European Commission releases a video showing four European projects against coronavirus held in Catalonia

Núria Montserrat (IBEC), Alfonso Valencia (BSC), Laura M. Lechuga (ICN2) and Gabriel Anzaladi (Eurecat) describe their projects in the video.

From the beginning of the pandemic, the EU has supported research to find solutions to the problems posed by the coronavirus crisis. Several research centres in Catalonia, including the ICN2, participate in this effort against Covid-19 with European funds. The European Commission Representation in Barcelona has published the five-minute video "The EU fights the Covid-19 from Catalonia" in which four researchers explain the projects they are working on.

The researchers appearing in the video are Núria Montserrat (IBEC), who works on micro-kidneys made from stem cells to test a drug able to block the virus, Alfonso Valencia (BSC), who explains the huge computation power that the BSC can bring into play to find already existent drugs that may be suitable to treat Covid-19, Laura M. Lechuga (Group Leader at the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group), who works on a sensor to detect the coronavirus in a faster, easier and cheaper way than with current PCRs, and Gabriel Anzaladi (Eurecat), who studies the presence of the virus in wastewater to estimate the people infected in a given zone or the probability of a new outbreak.