News from IBE
The emergence and spread of a novel and highly pathogenic coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, has posed a serious global public health emergency. In response to this crisis, several DCEXS-UPF researchers including Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF) researchers Sandra Acosta and Jaume Bertranpetit will work to accelerate their research against COVID-19.
With the aim of boosting their COVID-related research, the scientists collective is raising funds through the #UPFContraElCoronavirus crowdfunding initiative, which is open and has already raised 2500€. Donations will help researchers involved to approach the COVID-19 crisis form a multidimensional perspective, ranging from the development of diagnostic tools, including the in-depth study of antiviral therapies and the development of platforms for drug testing against de virus.
Jaume Bertranpetit, Principal Investigator of the Biology of evolutionary systems lab and IBE co-founder, will invest the funding to analyse the genome of Covid-affected individuals at different stages looking for markers at the genome that could help predict the infection.
Sandra Acosta, Beatriu de Pinós Fellow at the Biology of evolutionary systems lab, will develop lung, brain, and intestine organoid models for the identification of new treatments for COVID-19. Acosta’s research at IBE focuses in the impact of evolutionary mechanisms within brain pathologies such as Epilepsy and Down syndrome. Now, in light of the actual crisis, she has decided to put her organoids expertise at the service of coronavirus research in collaboration with IRSICaixa.