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CONVAT project for the rapid detection of the coronavirus

Eight Spanish research centers have been selected to participate in six projects funded by the European Commission to advance knowledge about the COVID-19 virus and its impact on infected people, with the aim of contributing to the effective treatment of patients and to the preparation and response of public health systems.

Among them is the CONVAT project, which will be led and coordinated at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology by Research Professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) Laura M. Lechuga, for the launch of a platform type ' point of care 'for rapid diagnosis and monitoring of coronaviruses globally.

In this project, in cooperation with Italy and France, the University of Barcelona also participates as a 'partner', with the group of Professor Jordi Serra-Cobo, a member of the Biodiversity Research Institute. Its objective is to offer a new device based on optical biosensing nanotechnology that will allow the coronavirus to be detected in a short period of time, of about 30 minutes, directly from the patient's sample and without the need for analysis in clinical laboratories, and which it can also be used for the analysis of different types of coronaviruses present in reservoir animals, so that a possible evolution of these viruses can be monitored and prevented and future infectious outbreaks in humans prevented.

For its implementation, the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology will receive 840,843.75 euros and the University of Barcelona, ​​400,152.50 euros.

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