WINTER SCHOOL – ENGLISH 2018-07-16T12:08:36+00:00

About this course

Nano-Bioengineering for medicine is witnessing a comprehensive change shaped by technology and is just the beginning of a new wave of technologies, that will redefine, reshape and eventually transform how we see and how we use medical technologies and treatment methods.

The main goal of this course is to share knowledge on biomedical applications of nanotechnology and it will focus in four aspects of bio-engineering that are important in the medical context:

Drug delivery

Microfluidics / lab-on-a-chip

Biomarkers and biomimetics

Key enabling technologies in rehabilitation and diagnostics

Developments in these areas, both individual and synergistic, are poised to provide foundations for advanced personalized diagnostics and targeted therapies.

The course is designed to be accessible for medical school graduate students (or from other biomedical background) interested in nano-medicine and nanotechnology, as well as students with a background in nanotechnology or engineering interested in nanotech medical applications.


Before starting your application, please ensure you meet the entry requirements.

Who can apply

Students coming from Phd programs / Master’s degrees in nano-sciences and biomedical and health sciences, such as: Bioengineering, Medicine, Biochemistry, Physics, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, among others. After availability places, they can also access postdoctoral researchers and other professionals related to healthcare sectors. Candidates must be studying or working at an institution based in the POCTEP area.


Candidates will be selected through an evaluation of their curriculum vitae and the motivation letter, with an attempt to obtain a homogeneous geographical distribution with participants from all 8 POCTEP regions (ideally 5 participants per region). After the geographical distribution, priority will also be given (in decrease order) to PhD students, Masters students, researchers, and professionals in a relevant area for the course. Likewise, no more optional compulsory, demonstration accredited as a student of some University Center of the POCTEP area.

Interested students should fill out the registration form and provide the necessary documents on the Nanogateway platform Winter School – upload.docs : – Curriculum vitae and Motivation letter.

Eligible POCTEP Areas

Spanish Provinces:
Ourense, Pontevedra, Zamora, Salamanca, Cáceres, Badajoz, Huelva, A Coruña, Lugo, Ávila, León, Valladolid, Cádiz, Córdoba and Sevilla.

Portuguese Regions:
Alto Minho, Cávado, Trás-os-Montes, Douro, Beiras e Serra de Estela, Beira Baixa, Alto Alentejo, Alentejo Central, Baixo Alentejo, Algarve, Ave, Alto Tâmega, Tâmega e Sousa, Área Metropolitana do Porto, Viseu Dão-Lafões, Região de Coimbra, Médio Tejo, Região de Aveiro, Região de Leiria, Oeste and Alentejo Litoral.


To register, please fill out the online registration form through the following link at: Winter School 2018 – NanoGateway.

After reviewing your profile, we’ll send you a confirmation email. If you are selected, we will contact you from April 13, 2018 onwards. If you do not receive confirmation after 5 days, please, send us an email | info@nanogateway.eu .

Number of participants: 40 | Cost: free | Deadline: 2 to 13 of April 2018



9:00 – Welcome Jorge Pedrosa/Lars Montelius (Directors of ICVS and INL)

9:15 – Nanosciences and Nanotechnology: Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering at the nanoscale – from new phenomena to breakthroughs that enable new approaches in medicine (Lars Montelius – INL)

10:35 – Coffee Break

11:00 – Colloids, amphiphiles and polymers – from biomaterials in life to engineered nanocarrier assemblies (Bruno Silva – INL) 11:50 – Nano-bio-interfaces: Surfaces and colloids in biology and medicine (Dmitri Petrovykh – INL)

12:35 – Lunch


14:55 – Introduction to Biomarkers (Bruno Costa, ICVS)

15:40 – Coffee Break

16:10 – Biomarkers’ impact in personalised medicine (Marina Brito, INL)

17:00 – Host Biomarkers: from susceptibility to infection and disease, (Ricardo Silvestre, ICVS)

17:50 – Peripheral biomarkers in neurological diseases (João Cerqueira/Patrícia Maciel, ICVS)

2. DIAGNOSTICS (cont.)

9:00 – Seeking particles large and small in cancer patient blood: utilizing microfluidics to isolate CTCs and exosomes (Shannon Stott, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA)

9:50 – Organ-on-chip models of human physiopathological processes (David Caballero, 3B’s)

10:35 – Coffee Break

11:00 – Microfluidics 101 – An introduction to fluid mechanics in miniaturized devices (Sara Abalde, INL)

11:50 – Biosensors: The new wave for health diagnostics (Raquel Queirós, INL)

12:35 – Lunch

14:05 – Biohybrid lung: from the bench to the bedside (Sotirios Korossis, Hannover University, Germany)

14:55 – Lab-on-a-chip devices for medical applications (Paulo Freitas, INL)

15:40 – Coffee Break

16:10 – Microfluidics for liquid biopsy (Lorena Diéguez, INL)

17:00 – Genetically encoded sensors for high-throughput screening (Pedro Ferreira, ICVS) 17:50 – Nanobots in Theranostics based approaches (João Vilaça, ICVS)

17:50 – Nanobots in Theranostics based approaches (João Vilaça, ICVS)


9:00 – Lipid-Nanoparticles for Nucleic Acid Delivery – Structure & Mechanisms (Joachim Rädler, LMU Munich)

9:50 – Targeted and Smart Nano Drug Delivery Systems (Oscar Silvestre, INL)

10:35 – Coffee Break

11:00 – Encapsulation of bioactives (Lorenzo Pastrana, INL)

11:50 – Biomimetic ECM-like hydrogels for CNS regenerative medicine (António Salgado, ICVS)

12:35 – Lunch

14:05 – Next generation of therapeutic biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (Alvaro Mata, Queen Mary University of London)

14:55 – Thin films in drug/gene delivery (buccal, ocular and transcutaneous delivery) (Liliana Pires, INL)

15:40 – Coffee Break

16:10 – Magnetic nanoparticles for theranostics (Manuel Bañobre, INL)

17:00 – Brain Machine Interface in Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Miguel Pais-Vieira, ICVS)

17:50 – Nanopatterned Membranes and Stem Cells as Tools for Tendon/Ligament Regeneration (Nuno Sevivas, ICVS)


9:00 – Seeing Small: Understanding Structures by Transmission Electron Microscopy (Paulo Ferreira, INL)

9:50 – Biophotonics: deep tissue imaging, super-resolution microscopy (Jana Nieder, INL)

10:35 – Coffee Break

11:00 – High accuracy methods for biointerface characterization (Pieter De Beule, INL)

11:50 – New imaging techniques for diagnostic in injury and disease (Paulo Marques, ICVS)

12:35 – Endoscopic Histology (fluorescent probes for detection of malignant lesions) (Carla Rolanda, ICVS)

13:20 – Barbecue at INL


If you have any questions (or if you wish to sponsor this event)  please, send a message to the organisation 

For any other information, reach  out using the contact information below. 


INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
Avenida Mestre José Veiga s/n
4715-330 Braga


Telephone: +351 253 140 112
Fax: +351 253 140 112
E-mail: info@nanogateway.eu



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