Researchers at Sant Joan de Déu and UPC - Campus de Terrassa develop a nanofiber tissue for local cancer treatment With this tissue, which can be impregnated with antitumor drugs, the surgeons can cover the surgical site after removing the tumor in order to eliminate the remaining tumor leftovers. The efficacy of the treatment has been proved in animals and the company plans to initiate human trials in the near future.
may 03, 2016
The extension of the UPC Alumni loans programme to include new donors In order to continue to offer opportunities for the future to students with the highest level of academic abilities and to ensure that they are not held back by a lack of financial resources, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has made it possible for the university community and the general public to contribute financially to UPC Alumni loans. Since 2011, the initiative has awarded over 260,000 euros in interest-free loans, and has been funded by donations from former students of the UPC. When the loans are paid back, the funds are reinvested in the future of other students.
may 02, 2016
Two UPC students design and build a low-cost wheelchair for use in developing countries Bernat Villa and Adrià Sallés are students on the bachelor's degree in Industrial Design and Product Development Engineering at the Terrassa School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering (ESEIAAT) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). For their bachelor's thesis, they have worked together to design and build a low-cost wheelchair that is intended for use in developing countries and can be easily assembled by people close to the user. The project, supervised by UPC professor Tomeu Ventayol, is supported by the Isidre Esteve Foundation, the Red Cross and the International Solidarity Sports Foundation as a way to make wheelchairs more readily available to users in Africa.
abr 26, 2016
Vocal sequences of monkeys and humans follow a common pattern A new study of geladas – a species of monkey living in the highlands of Ethiopia – has revealed that their long and complex vocal sequences follow a pattern seen in many human languages: the longer the overall sequence, the shorter are the sounds within it. This work, conducted by researcher Ramon Ferrer, the Laboratory for Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learning. LARCA) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) together with researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Roehampton, not only reveals similarities between our communication system and that of our primate relatives, it may also shed new light on the fundamental organisation of diverse biological systems.
abr 21, 2016
How does cocaine reach the brain? Working in collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford, Luis Carlos Pardo, a researcher with the Materials Characterisation Group of the UPC, has discovered the mechanism that enables cocaine to cross the brain’s protective membrane. This pioneering study paves the way for the design of more effective drugs for treating brain diseases.
abr 18, 2016