On October 5 and 6, 2022, the II ITP+ Global Health Scientific Conference took place in Valencia. This is the annual meeting of the CSIC interdisciplinary thematic platform, in which the participating research groups present the most relevant results of their research framed in the ITP+.
The presence of the Margarita Salas Center for Biological Research (CSIC) at the event was very significant, as it is in the ITP+ Global Health. Twelve researchers from the center presented their projects, as well as the main results obtained:
- Carmen Gil: Modelado computacional de las mutaciones en las proteínas del SARS-CoV-2
- Ángel Corbí: Identification of MAFB/MAF-dependent soluble factors from macrophages as novel prognostic biomarkers for severity and progression of COVID-19
- María Montoya: Inflammation viral determinants in the cytokine storm within COVID- 19
- Vicente Larraga: Development of a recombinant DNA vaccine
- Nuria Campillo: Desarrollo de antivirales de amplio espectro
- Sonsoles Martín Santamaría: Estudios computacionales de inhibidores de la entrada de SARS-CoV-2
- José Fernando Díaz Pereira: Estrategias para quimioterapia antiviral de amplio espectro basada en moduladores de microtúbulos
- Eduardo Rial: Metabolismo energético y desarrollo de fármacos
- Ana Martínez: Identificación de nuevas dianas moleculares para SARS-CoV-2 en la vía endocítica
In addition, María Montoya, head of the Viral Immunology, Therapies and Vaccines group at CIB Margarita Salas and coordinator of Work Package 5 of the ITP+ together with David Bernando (IBGM of Valladolid), was the chairwoman of one of the sessions.
The Global Health Interdisciplinary Thematic Platform was launched by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in 2020 in response to COVID-19 to address the challenges posed by the pandemic, with the aim of proposing solutions in the short, medium and, above all, long term. A global, coordinated and interdisciplinary response that would address health problems from various points of view and different areas of research.
Since then, the ITP has mobilized and coordinated more than 400 scientists from 49 CSIC institutes in all areas. So far, the research projects have led to hundreds of research results including more than 14 million euros in international calls, 76 protected technologies, a master's degree, reports, and scientific guides, as well as multiple communication, dissemination, and education actions.