Professor Lino Ferreira interview on stem cells and the research he is developing which includes the MPP test-bed Cardiostem

 The MIT Portugal Program Professor Lino Ferreira, from the CNC UC and researcher at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra (FMUC) was interviewed by RTP - Maratona da Saúde. The Professor spoke about his research on stem cells and its importance to develop therapies for the regeneration of cardiac muscle after infarction. Lino Ferreira is the PI from the MIT Portugal Test-bed Cardiostem, which objective is to build a scientific and technological platform based in the evaluation of stem cells todevelop treatment for cardiac diseases and provide new therapies for the cardiovascular system. The Professor spoke about Cardiostem at minute 3.40mn.

Lino FerreiraProfessor Lino Ferreira

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!

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