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PhD Day 2021

october, 2021

22oct08:4519:15PhD Day 2021L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain


Event Details

Cancer General Interest Neuroscience Regenerative Medicine Translational Medicine


PhD Day 2021

22 October 2021, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat



The PhD Day provides a forum for the dissemination of the current and ongoing research of predoctoral fellows and a space for early career researchers in different groups within the areas of cancer, neuroscience, translational medicine, and regenerative medicine to interact with each other as well as with more senior IDIBELL researchers.
The PhD Day 2021 themes are the following:
Clinical Research
Regenerative Medicine
Translational Medicine
In addition to the above main conference sessions the event will host an internationally renowned keynote speaker and a round table discussion on open science.


Tentative program:
08:45 – 09:15 Registration
09:15 – 09:30 Opening ceremony
09:30 – 10:30 Oral communications
10:30 – 12:00 Coffee break & Poster session I
12:00 – 12:30 Oral communications
12:30 – 13:30 Keynote
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break & Poster session II
15:00 – 16:00 Oral communications
16:00 – 17:00 Round table
17:00 – 17:15 Closing ceremony
17:15 – 19:00 Networking




Novel tools to dissect neuronal susceptibility in mitochondrial disease
Elisenda Sanz
Ramon y Cajal Investigator
Neuroscience Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Elisenda Sanz obtained her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Mercedes Unzeta at the Autonomous University of  Barcelona, Spain, exploring the mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective effects of a novel monoamine oxidase type B (MAO-B) inhibitor in several experimental models of neurodegeneration and neuroinflamation. Funding for her doctorate work was provided by a predoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (FPU Program), which also supported an international short stay at Dr. Iain Campbell’s lab at the University of Sydney, Australia. There, she applied mouse genetics tools to understand the role of STAT1 in IL-6 signaling in the murine brain. This raised her interest in the cellular complexity of the brain, and with the financial support of the postdoctoral mobility program of the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science (MICINN), she joined Dr. G. Stanley McKnight group at the University of Washington, WA, USA,  to develop a mouse genetics technique to unlock cell type heterogeneity in the brain. In 2014, she joined Dr. Albert Quintana group at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, WA, USA, to explore the role of mitochondrial defects in promoting neurodegeneration. In 2015, she obtained a Marie Sklodowska-Curie award that allowed her to return to the European research system in Dr. Quintana’s group now at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Here, she has developed novel molecular biology tools that allow for the identification of the molecular determinants of neuronal vulnerability in mitochondrial disease and contributed to the identification of two genetically defined susceptible neuronal populations driving the fatal phenotype in a mouse model of Leigh Syndrome. In 2019, she was awarded a grant from the Programa Estatal de I+D+i (RETOS-JIN) and since February 2021 she is a Ramón y Cajal Investigator at the Neuroscience Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona.


Round table on open science

Open science is the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society. This year, the PhD Day will count with the participation of three experts. Topics will range from open access and open data to ethics and reproducibility, and citizen science.


Eduard Aibar Puentes
Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Eduard Aibar is an Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Humanities, Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and leader of the Research Group on Open Science and Innovation (OSI). He teaches science and technology studies and research design at different graduate and undergraduate degrees. He has published several works on the interaction between scientific and technological development and organizational and social change in areas such as eGovernment, town planning and the Internet. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He specializes in science and technology studies (STS). He was Associate Professor in the Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Barcelona. He has been Vice President for Research of the UOC and Director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Director of the doctoral program in Information Society and Knowledge, president of the UOC Doctoral Committee and member of the Governing Council of the Catalan Summer University (UCE).


Maruxa Martinez-Campos
Digital Media and Scientific Affairs at Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Spain
Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Maruxa Martinez-Campos is a biologist who obtained her Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University, UK. She moved to ‘the other side’ of research to work as an editor for the open access journal Genome Biology (BioMed Central). For over 10 years she has worked at Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) on communication. She currently coordinates the Good Scientific Practice working group and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the PRBB. When she finds the time, she writes in her blog The science factor.
Ignasi Labastida i Juan
University of Barcelona, Spain
Ignasi Labastida has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He is the Head of the Office for the Dissemination of Knowledge at the Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI) of the University of Barcelona. Ignasi has been working on making open access, open science and open education a reality for almost 20 years. He oversees the Open Projects at the University of Barcelona. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Information and Open Access Policy Group at the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and co-author of the LERU Roadmap on Open Science and Research Data and a member of the working group on Open Science at the Spanish National Conference of Rectors (CRUE). He is also chair of the board for Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Europe. Ignasi also introduced Creative Commons to Spain leading the porting of the licenses and their translation into six languages. He has also been part of the LIBER working group on copyright  and still has a firm interest in author rights.

Abstract Submission

Oral and poster abstracts – 1 October 2021


Useful links
Abstract submission is now open!
Submit your abstract via our online registration form



Additional information
Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 3 days of the submission deadline. Posters will be displayed at the University of Barcelona – Bellvitge Campus main building throughout the event and 1-min flash presentations by poster presenters will be recorded in advance and posted on Yammer.
The PhD Day prizes will be awarded to the best oral and poster presentations by the end of the event.



All sessions are free to attend for IDIBELL members, but must register in advance to secure their seat.


Sponsorship and Supporting Organizations

A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the PhD Day 2021.


Supporting Organizations


Catalan Institute of Oncology




University of Barcelona



Bellvitge University Hospital 



Hospital de Viladecans





bioNova científica s.l.



DD BioLab & Cultek















Izasa Scientific






Beckman Coulter



University of Barcelona – Bellvitge Campus
Av. Mare de Déu de Bellvitge 3
08907 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain


Organizing Committee


Cecilia Velasco Dominguez
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Group
Neuroscience Program


David Ricardo Ahumada Brena
Modeling Human Diseases in C. elegans Group
Genes, Disease and Therapy Program


Iván Prieto Durán
Tumor Angiogenesis Group
Molecular Mechanisms and Experimental Therapy in Oncology Program


Juan Navarro Ventura
Aging and Cancer Group
Molecular Mechanisms and Experimental Therapy in Oncology Program

Rubén Escribá Piera

Stem Cell Potency Group
Regenerative Medicine Program

Rut Espinosa Sotelo

TGF-beta and Cancer Group
Molecular Mechanisms and Experimental Therapy in Oncology Program






Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute


Contact Information

PhD Committee
Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute
Hospital Duran i Reynals
Avinguda de la Gran Via 199
08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain


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