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“The Public Space Is a Fundamental Right”

“The Public Space Is a Fundamental Right”

Diputació de Barcelona and ISGlobal organised the Second Meeting on Urban Environment and Health

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"Place people back at the centre of urban policies.” This was the idea that was raised again and again, almost like a slogan, at the Second Meeting on Urban Environment and Health, held in Barcelona on November 14, 2018.   

The event, co-organised by the Diputació de Barcelona and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), brought together politicians, administration officials, academia and private sector working in the health sector. The core topic for all the lectures was the city model as a tool to promote health.   

During the opening session, Josep M. Antó, Scientific Director of ISGlobal, highlighted how, in the same way that health is determined by the environment, the inverse is also true, such that “improving health in the cities is a way of improving the environment.”  

Work done at the local level, such as Vic and Cornellá in Catalonia, at the country level, in Pontevedra, and at the international level, in New York, was presented throughout the day.   

"The main disease in cities is the excess of road motor traffic that invades public spaces and displaces people. Not tackling the problem directly results in resources wasted in collateral measures that are not effective,” said César Mosquera, Urban Councillor in Pontevedra, a city that already in 1999 introduced measures to reduce road traffic and where currently 70% of trips are by foot or bicycle. “The public space is a fundamental right, just like health or education. The administration should guarantee one can exercise this right,” he added.   

Josep Roca, Professor at the Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona, recalled that integrating health in urban planning is not a new idea, and that pioneer Ildefons Cerdá, more than 150 years ago, built on the hygienist movement to develop a new city model that would promote health. Despite this, the 20th century urbanism turned its back on health, and we now need to recover this concept.   

In the last session of the day, ISGlobal researcher David Rojas showed some examples on how his research can provide evidence for guiding urban policies. In turn, Aletha Maybank, Health Deputy Commissioner for New York City, talked about the health inequity challenges faced by the North American city.   

 

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Long-Term Exposure to Road Traffic Noise May Increase the Risk of Obesity

Long-Term Exposure to Road Traffic Noise May Increase the Risk of Obesity

Study published in Environment International provides new evidence on the damaging effects of noise on health

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Long term exposure to road traffic noise is associated with increased risk of obesity. This was the conclusion of a study involving the participation of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a research centre supported by the ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation. The study has been published in Environment International.

The authors of this study wanted to find out whether new research would confirm the results of the few earlier studies that had demonstrated associations between traffic noise and several markers for obesity. To do this, they studied 3796 adults who took part in the population-based Swiss SAPALDIA cohort study and had attended at least two follow-up visits between 2001 and 2011. The study is based on objective measures, such as the participants’ weight, height, body mass index, waist circumference, and abdominal fat. These data were analysed together with estimates of exposure to transportation noise developed in the context of the Swiss SiRENE project.

“Our analysis shows that people exposed to the highest levels of traffic noise are at greater risk of being obese” explains ISGlobal research Maria Foraster, first author of the study. “For example, we observed that a 10 dB increase in mean noise level was associated with a 17% increase in obesity.”

The study authors also analysed exposure to noise generated by aircraft and railway traffic and found no significant associations except in the case of long-term exposure to railway noise, which was associated with a higher risk of overweight but not of obesity.

The methodology and design of the study were chosen to allow the authors to look at the data from two different perspectives. Cross-sectional analysis was used to study the participant population at a specific time point in the study and to examine more objective measures. The longitudinal design, on the other hand, allowed the authors to evaluate how the risk of obesity evolved over the study period. The associations with traffic-related noise pollution were consistent in both cases. Overweight was only associated with exposure to traffic-related noise in the cross-sectional analysis. The authors found no association between noise exposure and body mass index measured continuously throughout the longitudinal analysis.

“Our study contributes additional evidence to support the hypothesis that traffic-related noise affects obesity because t he results we obtained in a different population were the same as those reported by the authors of earlier studies. Nevertheless, more longitudinal studies are needed to confirm the association and to examine certain inconsistencies in the data which, to date, have prevented us from formulating an explanation accepted by the scientific community as a whole”, explains Maria Foraster.

Unfortunately, sustained exposure to noise pollution is a widespread public health problem that is more serious than previously thought. Noise generates stress and affects our sleep. It alters hormone levels and increases blood pressure. Moreover, among other effects, sleep disturbance deregulates glucose metabolism and alters the appetite. “In the long term, these effects could give rise to chronic physiological alterations, which would explain the proven association between persistent exposure to traffic-related noise and cardiovascular disease or the more recently discovered associations with diabetes and obesity. Our findings suggest that reducing traffic-related noise could also be a way of combating the obesity epidemic” adds Maria Foraster.

References

Foraster M, Eze IC, Vienneau D, Schaffner E, Jeong A, Héritier H, Rudzik F, Thiesse L, Pieren R, Brink M, Cajochen C, Wunderli JM, Röösli M, Probst-Hensch N. Long-term exposure to transportation noise and its association with adiposity markers and development of obesity . Environ Int. 2018 Oct 18;121(Pt 1):879-889. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.09.057. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30347370

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Malaria Pathogenesis: Anemia and Cerebral Malaria

Malaria Pathogenesis: Anemia and Cerebral Malaria

New York University

Date:

Time: 10.00 h

Venue: Room 14, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Campus Clínic, UB) (Casanova, 143) Barcelona

Speaker: Ana Rodríguez (NYU)

Ana Rodríguez, Associated Professor of the Department of Microbiology at the New York University, will give an open seminar on 'Malaria pathogenesis: anemia and cerebral malaria' on 14 May, 2019. The session will last 50 minutes and there will be 10 more minutes for questions and answers.

A main interest of her laboratory is the study of malaria-induced inflammatory pathology. They also study cerebral malaria, a complication of severe malaria that frequently leads to coma and death.

She will also participate in the Chagas Workshop with a talk on new drugs against Chagas disease, on 14 March. In collaboration with GSK, they performed a high through put screening of 2 million compounds for intracellular Trypanosoma cruzi, to find compounds with anti-trypanosomal activities. Selected compounds are being tested for efficacy in mice.

Malaria pathogenesis: anemia and cerebral malaria

Although the development of severe malaria anemia and cerebral malaria are major causes of death in patients, the pathogenesis of these syndromes are not well understood. Our research work in cerebral malaria has uncovered that Plasmodium falciparum weakens brain endothelial cell junctions through the activation of beta-catenin, a protein that is present in the junctions but also activates transcription in these cells. We observed that this process is regulated by angiotensin receptors (AT1 and AT2) that can inhibit the activation of beta-catenin and preserve the integrity of the endothelium. Results in mice experimental models confirm these findings and suggest that angiotensin receptor modulators, which are approved for use in humans, can be used as adjunctive treatment for cerebral malaria.

Severe anemia is another common complication of malaria, which is caused mainly by the loss of uninfected erythrocytes during infection. We have observed that high levels of autoimmune antibodies that are induced by Plasmodium infection. During malaria, autoimmune antibodies recognizing the lipid phosphatidylserine bind to the surface of uninfected erythrocytes facilitating clearance and contributing to anemia. These autoimmune antibodies are generated by an atypical subclass of B cells that is found to be elevated in the blood of malaria patients and also in patients with classic autoimmune disorders. Activation of these B cells does not require T cells and is mediated by three specific signals that are provided during infection: crosslinking of the B cell receptor (by Plasmodium antigens), TLR9 (by parasite DNA) and interferon-gamma (general inflammatory response).


Protection against Malaria: a Matter of Balance

Protection against Malaria: a Matter of Balance

A balanced production of pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the first two years of life is associated with a lower risk of clinical malaria

A balanced production of pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines at two years of age protects against clinical malaria in early childhood, according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by “la Caixa” Foundation. The results also indicated that early exposure to the parasite does not affect the risk of developing the disease, although it could affect the parasite-specific immune response later in life. 

Malaria particularly affects children under five years of age, who need to develop effective immunity against the most severe forms of the disease. Certain parasite-specific antibodies are known to protect, but little is known about the protective role of mediators (cytokines) produced by cells of the immune system. Furthermore, it is not clear whether the timing of first parasite exposure during infancy affects the secretion of such cytokines.   

In this study, Carlota Dobaño and her team evaluated whether the cytokines produced in the first two years after birth affect the risk of subsequent malaria. They also analysed whether the timing of parasite exposure alters the cytokine response. The study included over 300 newborns from Magrara, a village in Southern Mozambique, who received – or not- preventive malaria treatment during their first year of life. Cytokine production by blood cells was measured at different time-points during the first two years, and the participants were followed up for clinical malaria until four years of age. 

The results show that a pro-inflammatory signature (IL-1, IL-6 and TNF cytokines) followed by an anti-inflammatory (IL-10 cytokine) signature between the first and second year of life is associated with a lower risk of clinical malaria between ages 3 and 4. “This makes sense, since IL-10 suppresses excessive inflammation,” explains Dobaño.

In contrast, timing of parasite exposure did not have a clinical effect: children who received preventive treatment – and were therefore exposed later to the parasite – had an altered cytokine profile, but this did not reduce the risk of developing malaria in the following two years. “Preventive malaria treatment during the first year after birth does not decrease the risk of malaria in early childhood, but it could be relevant later in life by influencing the development of parasite-specific immunity,” adds the ISGlobal researcher.

Reference:

Dobaño C, Nhabomba A, Manaca M, et al. A balanced pro-inflammatory and regulatory cytokine signature in Young African children is associated with lower risk of clinical malaria. Clin Infect Dis. 2018. doi/10.1093/cid/ciy934/5151218

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ISGlobal Hosts Visit of High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda

ISGlobal Hosts Visit of High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda

The meeting was also attended by representatives of various institutions engaged in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Catalonia.

On Thursday 8 September, ISGlobal welcomed Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda in Spain. The Office of the High Commissioner, which reports directly to the President of the Government of Spain, is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Spain’s Action Plan for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, which the Spanish Government submitted last July to the United Nation's High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. ISGlobal was present at the event, as part of the official panel presenting the Action Plan to the United Nations, and represented the Spanish knowledge institutions.

During the first part of the recent meeting in Barcelona with the High Commissioner, ISGlobal's leadership team presented an overview of the Institute’s work related to the SDGs and discussed ways we could contribute to the preparation of plans aimed at furthering the aims of SDG 3, the goal related to health and well-being, and to the achievement of targets related to climate change and environmental pollution. After this session, the meeting was joined by representatives of Catalan civil society institutions and business community, such as ”la Caixa” and the Círculo de Economía as well as by representatives of the knowledge sector—including the University of Barcelona—and local government bodies—Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya—all of whom are engaged in the effort to advance the implementation of the SDG in Catalonia. This meeting allowed all the participants to gain a deeper understanding of the current situation of the 2030 Agenda, the challenges that must be overcome, and how each actor can contribute to the work needed to ensure the success of this great endeavour.

ISGlobal is deeply committed to the application and implementation of the 2030 Agenda, both in Spain and globally. The Institute is part of the team leading the health working group set up by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an international platform led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs. Furthermore, ISGlobal is coordinating the European group of the Think_SDGs network, a partnership of health think tanks and academic institutions set up to further and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. ISGlobal is also directly involved with all the Spanish actors most actively involved in this effort, not only with those working in the fields of to cooperation and foreign policy, but also the actors in other areas where the Institute is also very active, including local government policy and urban planning policy, two areas directly related to our environmental health research programmes.

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Adding Natural Spaces to Social Indicators of Intra-Urban Health Inequalities Among Children

A case study from Berlin, Germany

Adding Natural Spaces to Social Indicators of Intra-Urban Health Inequalities Among Children

 

Date:

Time: 9.30 h.

Venue: Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Sala Xipre (Doctor Aiguader, 88) Barcelona

Speaker: Nadja Kabisch (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Nadja Kabisch, from the Humboldt University of Berlin, will give the talk entitled "Adding natural spaces to social indicators of intra-urban health inequalities among children: A case study from Berlin, Germany". Free entrance.


 


The Future of Global Health

Opening lecture for the master of Global Health ISGlobal-UB 2018-2019

The Future of Global Health

 

Date:

Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Aula Magna, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Campus Clínic, UB) (C/ Casanova, 143) Barcelona

Speaker: Pedro Alonso

Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme and funder of ISGlobal, will give the opening lecture for the Master of Global Health ISGlobal-UB 2018-2019.

Conference open to the general public.


Planning our Urban Environments: From Research to Practice

Planning our Urban Environments: From Research to Practice

 

Date:

Time: 15 h.

Venue: Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, PRBB. Sala Xipre (Doctor Aiguader, 88) Barcelona

Speaker: Aletha Maybank (NY Department of Health) & Jennifer Gardner (Gehl Institute)

Aletha Maybank, Deputy Commissioner in the New York Dept of Health, and Jennifer Gardner, Programme Manager at Gehl Institute, will give the talk entitled "Planning our urban environments: From research to practice". Free entrance.

 


II Jornada “Entorno Urbano y Salud”: El modelo de ciudad como herramienta de salud

II Jornada “Entorno Urbano y Salud”: El modelo de ciudad como herramienta de salud

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Date:

Time: 08.30 h

Venue: Auditorio del Museo del Diseño de Barcelona (Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38) Barcelona

La planificación urbana juega un papel determinante en la salud y el bienestar de las personas. Conscientes de ello, el próximo 14 de noviembre, la Diputación de Barcelona e ISGlobal realizaremos esta jornada que pretende ser un espacio de reflexión, de intercambio de experiencias y de debate sobre la relación entre el modelo de ciudad y la salud de quienes residen en ella. Se enmarca en el proyecto "Entorno urbano y salud", que fue galardonado con el premio EPSA 2015 por la transversalidad en su planteamiento.

El encuentro se dirige especialmente a cargos políticos y profesionales de la administración, de la Universidad y del sector privado que trabajen en el ámbito del entorno urbano y la salud. A lo largo del día, varias autoridades en estas materias expondrán el estado de la cuestión y cómo las intervenciones del entorno urbano pueden materializarse y favorecer a la salud y bienestar de la ciudadanía.

La conferencia inaugural correrá a cargo de la urbanista Jennifer Gardner, que lidera el programa del Instituto Jan Ghel para promover la salud y la inclusión en el diseño de las ciudades. En la clausura, se ofrecerá un debate sobre cómo incorporar la evidencia científica en las políticas públicas, a cargo del Dr. David Rojas, investigador de ISGlobal, y de la Dra. Aleth Maybank, responsable de Salud Pública en la Ciudad de Nueva York.

   


Analyses of Air Pollution and Mortality in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-II

Analyses of Air Pollution and Mortality in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-II

 

Date:

Time: 9.30 h.

Venue: Sala Xipre (Doctor Aiguader, 88) Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Barcelona

Speaker: Michelle Turner (ISGlobal)

Michelle Turner, Assistant Research Professor at ISGlobal, will present the analyses of air pollution and mortality in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-II. Free entrance.


SELeCT Bears Fruit in Liberia

SELeCT Bears Fruit in Liberia

The project, aimed at strengthening research capacities in the Ebola-affected country, has published its third scientific article

Just over one year after its conclusion, the SELeCT project has published its third article resulting from a series of activities aimed at strengthening research capacities in Liberia. The project, that started in February 2016 and ended in August 2017, was funded by the EDCTP and led by ISGlobal – an institution supported by “la Caixa” Foundation- in collaboration with the Juan Ciudad Foundation and the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital (SJCH) in Monrovia.   

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa (2014-2016) revealed the need to strengthen capacities to carry out research and clinical trials in the affected countries. This was precisely the goal of SELeCT that, between February 2016 and July 2017, trained SJCH staff in good clinical and laboratory practices and performed the first research study in the hospital, on malaria prevalence in pregnant women.  

The training course included a practical exercise on malaria prevalence among women attending the hospital’s antenatal care service. Of the almost 200 women recruited during the exercise, 12% were infected by P. falciparum, most of whom were young, first-time mothers. “This is the first study in Liberia that evaluates malaria prevalence in pregnant women after the Ebola outbreak,” explains the principal investigator and ISGlobal researcher Alfredo Mayor. “Our molecular analysis revealed a high frequency of chloroquine-resistant parasites, but fortunately we did not detect markers of resistance to the first-line treatment, artemisinin.” 

In a second study, the project analysed the barriers and opportunities for women to participate in clinical trials, through a series of interviews and group discussions. The results show that fear and mistrust in science, which were amplified during the Ebola outbreak, represent an important barrier. Proposed strategies to favor participation included education of the general public, engagement of traditional healers and community mobilization, as well as a greater effort by the scientific community to inform women on the study’s objectives. “We need to further empower women and tackle inequity issues,” says SELeCT coordinator Guillermo Martinez. “Only then we can ensure that this population, particularly vulnerable to malaria, will trust research results and eventually adopt new treatment and preventive measures,” he adds.   

The third study aimed to explore community perceptions and attitudes regarding malaria through a series of interviews with different stakeholders. The results indicate that poverty, lack of education, corruption and mistrust in health systems weigh more than traditional beliefs in preventing access to control interventions recommended by the government. “To increase access and adherence to malaria treatment, we first need to understand the people’s needs and perceptions regarding the disease,” remarks Martínez.    

In addition to the training activities and scientific publications, SELeCT provided the basis for  IGORCADIA, a second capacity strengthening project in Liberia, also funded by the EDCTP and led by ISGlobal in collaboration with the SJCH and Juan Ciudad Foundation. “The goal of the project, which started less than one year ago, is to strengthen the capacities of the country’s regulatory authorities in the use and research of diagnostic tests for different infectious diseases,” explains project manager Cristina Muñoz

References:

Martínez Pérez G, Tarr-Attia CK, Breeze-Barry B, et al. 'Researchers have love for life': opportunities and barriers to engage pregnant women in malaria research in post-Ebola Liberia. Malar J. 2018 Apr 2;17(1):132. doi: 10.1186/s12936-018-2292-7.

Martínez-Pérez G, Lansana DP, Omeonga S, et al. Prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum infection among pregnant women at first antenatal visit in post-Ebola Monrovia, Liberia. Malar J. 2018 Oct 11;17(1):357. doi: 10.1186/s12936-018-2506-z.

Tarr-Attia CK, Bassat Q, Breeze-Barry B, et al. Community-informed research on malaria in pregnancy in Monrovia, Liberia: a grounded theory study. Malar J. 2018 Oct 23;17(1):382. doi: 10.1186/s12936-018-2529-5.

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The Barcelona Institute for Global Health Will Participate in Creating the Urban Agenda of Catalonia

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health Will Participate in Creating the Urban Agenda of Catalonia

ISGlobal is one of the institutions that form part of the Urban Assembly of Catalonia, in charge of developing a guide to sustainable development in cities

Since November 2018, Catalonia has a new body: the Urban Assembly of Catalonia. It is a forum with a very concrete mission: establish a document – the Urban Agenda of Catalonia- that will guide the sustainable development of cities in the future. The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is among the institutions that will conduct this collective task.

The Urban Assembly of Catalonia was born under the coordination of the Directorate General of Territory and Sustainability, and its mission is to adapt, in Catalan territory, the new Urban Agenda approved by the United Nations General Assembly as a reference for global urban development over the next decades. Overseeing how cities develop and ensuring it is done in a sustainable way is key at a time when global projections predict a sharp increase in city growth and a large population movement from rural to urban areas.

The new Urban Agenda of Catalonia aims to “place people at the centre of public policies and ensure the consolidation of a balanced, sustainable and inclusive urban model.” This master document will build upon 6 main pillars:

  • Healthy urban habitats
  • Well-being
  • Urban quality
  • Prosperity
  • Territorial dimension
  • Good governance

The Urban Assembly of Catalonia, which has set the year 2020 as deadline to present the document, is comprised by 95 different organizations, including Catalan government representatives, local governments, and different civil society actors. ISGlobal is one of the six academic institutions in the Assembly providing knowledge.

"Cities cannot continue to be places favouring certain diseases and environmental exposures. The establishment of the new Urban Agenda of Catalonia represents a unique opportunity to help ensure that future generations may live in cities that are respectful of their health and of the environment,” says Jordi Sunyer, Head of the Childhood and Environment Programme at ISGlobal, and representative of the institution in the Urban Assembly of Catalonia.

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“Spread the Word”: Patients Who Bring About Change

“Spread the Word”: Patients Who Bring About Change

Presentation of “Spread the Word”, a project that has grown out of an ISGlobal pilot programme

“Spread the Word”, a new project designed to encourage people of Latin American origin to get tested for Chagas disease, was presented on Thursday at Barcelona’s Hospital Clínic. The project, known as “Pasa la Voz” in Spanish, is supported by CaixaBank through the ”la Caixa” Foundation. This new initiative grew out of a programme piloted by Hospital Clínic, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Global Chagas Disease Coalition that managed to increase the number of first consultations for Chagas disease at the hospital’s International Health Department by 40%.

 

The new programme was presented by Joaquim Gascon, head of the International Health Service at Hospital Clínic and director of the Chagas Initiative at ISGlobal, and María Jesús Pinazo, a senior specialist in Chagas disease and researcher at ISGlobal. Gascon and Pinazo explained that blood tests play a key role in diagnosis because infected people can carry the disease for years before developing heart and/or digestive problems.

 

Less than 1% of the people affected by Chagas disease worldwide are currently receiving treatment. In Spain, thanks to the coverage provided by the public health system and interventions designed to raise awareness about the diagnosis and treatment of Chagas disease, it is estimated that around 15% of the at-risk population has sought diagnosis and treatment.

 

The spirit of the “Spread the Word” project is to raise awareness among regular patients of the International Health Service and members of various associations of Latin American residents and encourage them to spread information about Chagas disease in their communities.

 

The pilot programme provided training to a total of 205 people, 75% of whom were women. Fifty-three of these participants—or 25.8% of the total—went on to become “word-spreaders” who generated a total of 112 new first consultations at the Hospital Clínic’s International Health Department. Gascon and Pinazo described the profile of the most effective word-spreaders and the characteristics of their contacts (i.e. new patients) in terms of origin, type of social relationship, gender, and whether or not the word-spreader disclosed his or her diagnosis of Chagas disease.

 

Gascon commented: “The ‘Spread the Word’ project believes that patients can become agents of change. By tapping into the trust of families and communities, we hope to encourage more people to get tested to find out whether they are carriers of Chagas disease.” Spreading information can save lives by encouraging affected individuals to seek care and treatment.

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ISGlobal Celebrates its Fifth PhD Symposium

ISGlobal Celebrates its Fifth PhD Symposium

Students from both campuses and working on different topics came together to share experiences and results

Flash talks, videos, posters, gender perspective, and a delicious and healthy coffee break were all part of the 5th ISGlobal PhD Symposium that took place at Campus Mar on November 6. During one day, predoctoral students shared projects and results on different topics ranging from epigenetics of the malaria parasite, antibiotic-resistant bacteria among Barcelona rats or brain tumor risk in children exposed to medical radiation, to air pollution and blood pressure in periurban India, the impact of malaria elimination interventions in Mozambique, or the health benefits of recovering urban riverside areas in Catalonia.

This broad range of topics covered by the different research teams was precisely one of ISGlobal’s distinctive features that the general director, Antoni Plasència, emphasized in his opening talk in the morning. He also underlined the integration of research, translation, training and innovation, as well as the advantage of having two leading hospitals and universities.

In the keynote lecture of the day, Carolina Llorente, from the department of Experimental and Health Sciences at the Pompeu Fabra University, talked about gender and responsible research. She reminded the students of the importance of including a gender perspective in all research projects, and reviewed evidence that much remains to be done to achieve gender equity in academia, in Europe and worldwide.

“The organization of the PhD symposium requires a lot of work, but it’s worth the effort,” say the event organisers Maëlle Canet, Núria Cortés, Clara Pons and Gabriela Prado. “The experience was very fruitful for all the participants, who had the opportunity to give visibility to their work”.

“I’m really impressed with the quality of the videos,” said Clara Pons, in the afternoon session - a feeling that was shared by most attendees. In fact, the videos were a novelty introduced this year, with great success.

At the end of the day, the participants voted for the two best oral presentations (Beatriz Galatas and Jeroen de Bont), the two best posters (Temmy Sunyoto and Meelan Thondoo), and the best video (Rebeca Santano). The prizes were awarded by ISGlobal’s scientific director Josep M. Antó, who warmly congratulated the organisers and the participants.

Winning Video of the 2018 PhD Symposium

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