Patrícia Pitrez interviewed about her project on Progeria, a model to discover new therapies for cardiovascular diseases

Patrícia Pitrez Pereira, a MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering PhD Student and researcher at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra (FMUC) gave an interview on "90 Segundos de Ciência".

Her project is focused on studying Progeria, a rare, fatal genetic condition characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children to find how the smooth muscle cells of the heart are affected by aging and which mechanisms can be used to reverse this process.

According to the researcher the main objective of her doctoral work was to study the vulnerability of smooth muscle cells in Progeria's disease. Having this in mind, a model able of reproducing the loss of these cells in Progeria's disease was developed in the laboratory.

"We discovered a molecular target that we think is behind the loss of smooth muscle cells, so we did a trial in which we treated for six weeks mices with Progeria and we saw that after these six weeks, we had more smooth muscle cells In the aorta of these mice than in the control group. "

This discovery may allow, in the future, the development of new therapies capable of restoring the amount of smooth muscle cells and improving the cardiovascular system affected by the disease.

Patrícia PitrezPatrícia Pitrez working at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra (FMUC)

Suscity and IAMAT test-bed projects featured on the Antena 1 Radio Program "90 Segundos de Ciência"

Two MIT Portugal Program Researchers were interviewed this week about their MPP projects, Suscity and IAMAT.

90 Segundos de Ciência is a Antena 1 Radio Program, focused on promoting Portuguese researchers and their work.

Pedro Camanho, MIT Portugal Program Professor at Universidade do Porto (FEUP) and vice-president of INEGI Porto was interviewed about his project IAMAT (Introduction of Advanced Materials Technologies into New Product Development for the Mobility Industries), one of the three MIT Portugal test-bed projects.

André Pina, postdoctoral researcher at IN + in collaboration with MIT Portugal Program projects, was interviewed on the Suscity Project. Suscity focuses on creating a data-driven urban model to allow the development of new tools and services in order to improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact in cities.

Pedro Arezes interview about "the cockpit of the future" highlighted once more in the media

The MIT Portugal Program National Director´s interview to 90 Segundos de Ciência about the project "cockpit of the future" was again highlighted in the media.

The podcast was chosen to be broadcasted on the Radio Antena 1 Program - Prova Oral - and the future of autonomous cars was under discussion for around audio7 minutes(16.08 MB)

The "cockpit of the future" project is being developed by the group of Ergonomics and Human Factors (BOSCH project) at the University of Minho.

MIT Portugal Program student is developing a process to transform peels into food that prevents diseases

Claudia Amorim is a MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering Phd student at the University of Minho and is currently working on a project to create food that helps to prevent diseases thanks to the use of peels.

The goal is to transform food components that we usually waste such as onionskin, corn kernel or garlic stem, to produce prebiotics that can be incorporated into some types of food.

More about Claudia´s project on the article published by Jornal de Notícias Newspaper and SIC Notícias!

Projeto Uminho MIT CascasClaudia Amorim SIC Notícias

Pedro Arezes talks about "the cockpit of the future", a project on autonomous vehicles which is being developed at University of Minho

The MIT Portugal Program National Director, spoke on 90 Segundos de Ciência, a Antena 1 Radio Program dedicated to promote Portuguese Research.

Pedro Arezes´ interview was focused on the project known as "cockpit of the future" which is being developed by the University of Minho in a partnership with Bosch Portugal to design and create autonomous vehicles.

Whitout a driver, what changes in the interior design of a car? Will entertainment and comfort somehow compromise safetyListen to the Radio Program to know more about this project.

Cockpit do Futuro