The European Researchers Night is an event coordinated by the European Commission aiming at bringing together researchers and society in cities around the world. The Granada 2018 edition took place on 28th September and involved over 500 researchers performing hands-on experiments and practical workshops. Fundacion MEDINA participated in the event with a workshop where people had the chance to learn the crucial role played by microbial natural products to combat infectious diseases, and the importance of R&D projects such as IIMENA to discover new antibiotics. Video of the event available here.
We are looking forward to host the 3rd International Workshop for early career scientists on Genome Mining for Natural Products, which will take place from 12.-14. September at DTU Biosustain. 30 participants from 8 different countries will get two days of intensive training using the state of the art bioinformatics tools antiSMASH and NORINE and will have the opportunity to directly interact with the developers of the software.
Scientists working in the iimena-project just published a review article on the potential of genome-scale metabolic reconstructions for optimizing antibiotics biosynthesis in actinomycetes. The article, which was published in the "Biotechnolgy J." can be downloaded here or requested from the authors.
The MEDINA team represented by Francisco Javier Ortiz-López, Daniel Carretero-Molina, Caridad Díaz, Mercedes de la Cruz, Ignacio González, Fernando Reyes, Francisca Vicente and Olga Genilloud was present at the DECHEMA 3rd European Conference on Natural Products; September 2-5, 2018. Frankfurt, Germany where the team presented a poster with title New antibacterial compounds from MEDINA´s actinomycetes collection.