Jan 12, 2021

Fun science dissemination for children and adults

Dear supporters,

Hope you all had a good starting of the year.

In this first report, we wish to share with you the initial outreach activities that have been performed with your help. And to express our gratitude to you all for your donations in these difficult times, your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Since September 2020, scientists and volunteers from our non-profit association Sponsor Science (Apadrina la Ciencia; www.apadrinalaciencia.org) have been working hard to share with the society their research and knowledge about COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes it. There is no doubt that more informed citizens take better decisions and are more protected from dangerous fake news and manipulation. We are convinced that it is possible to start our educational mission with children who, in spite of having limited access to after school activities due to their socio-economic status are as curious and eager to learn as others. Therefore, we have provided our experience as virologists and teachers to communicate to 11 to 13-year-old students and their families, updated facts about this coronavirus. In collaboration with the School of Education from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid we have presented two webinars of the series “Living with virus” (one in September and one in November) that were followed by a loooong list of questions from the audience.

Christmas time was a perfect moment to share through our social networks the scientific carol performed by researchers singing some personalized lyrics about the importance of science, research and vaccination. A great communication idea from Apadrina la Ciencia staff, don´t you agree? 

You have further information on the Christmas carol initiative here (in Spanish): https://es-es.facebook.com/apadrinalaciencia/videos/856772471821194/

Christmas in Spain is also intimately linked to sharing national lottery tickets with family and friends. Apadrina la Ciencia has taken this opportunity to offer solidary lottery tickets to all the volunteers, members, supporters and collaborators. We did not win any money but we shared the illusion and spread the word about the importance of science for better lives.

Together with that, we also decided to wish everyone a happy new year and create a video with a recap of what we managed to achieve throughout 2020.

You can watch the video here (in Spanish): https://www.facebook.com/apadrinalaciencia/videos/672572616747839/

Thank you for your great support to our cause! We’ll keep you posted!

Have a nice winter/spring, and be healthy! :)

Apadrina la Ciencia Team


Aug 20, 2020

Additional research to defeat Covid-19

Prof. Aranda (on the right) with group members
Prof. Aranda (on the right) with group members

Dear supporters,


Hope you are all doing well!


We come back to you all because there’s another great piece of news we had to share! In June, thanks to your donations, we were able to send 5000€ to another Spanish research group,who approaches Covid-19 research from an interesting way; Professor Aranda , principal investigator (PI) of the laboratory, explains it: “The final aim of our project is to express in biofactory plants, with a high yield and cheaply, SARS-CoV-2 epitopes decorating a plant virus particle; these can be useful for diagnostic purposes and, hopefully, as a vaccine." 


Your donations will help the laboratory to approach that research this way: “We will buy molecular biology reagents and kits to prepare DNA constructs to express SARS-CoV-2 epitopes decorating the pepino mosaic virus particle. Also, we will pay Sanger sequencing services to check the integrity and validity of the DNA constructs prepared”, PI Aranda says. 


The Aranda’s laboratory is located in Murcia, Spain, and belongs to CEBAS-CSIC (http://www.cebas.csic.es). You can get more information on what his lab normally works on here:
http://www.cebas.csic.es/dep_english/stres/pathology/pathology_lineas_en.html  (in English)

http://www.cebas.csic.es/dep_spain/estres/patologia/patolog%C3%ADa_lineas.html (in Spanish)


We have already helped two laboratories, but we would like to go a bit further because there are still many facts related to Covid-19 and the virus SARS-CoV-2 that remain unknown. This time we aim to collect enough money to support a scientist (his/her salary) for a year. So, we would be really thankful, if you could spread the word among your relatives, friends, colleagues… a little bit more. We, Apadrina la Ciencia -with your help-, are eager to support our scientists and their endeavours to deeper understand this Covid-19 pandemic, so that we can surpass it as soon as possible.


Thank you for your great support to our cause! We’ll keep you posted! 


Have a nice summer/winter, and be healthy! :)

Jun 12, 2020

Saving lives through early diagnosis

COVID-19 test results are coming
COVID-19 test results are coming

Dear supporters,

We hope you are all safe and healthy in this coronavirus time.

In this first report, we wanted to share several things with you. First, we wanted to express our gratitude to you all for your donations. Considering the difficult time we are living in, your efforts are greatly appreciated. Big thank you to each one of you, and Ford Fund.

And we also wanted to share good news! In May we already sent 5 000€ to a group of laboratories that are making COVID-19 tests to elderly people living in retirement and nursing homes in Spain. A community of people greatly affected by the pandemic. These COVID-19 laboratories are led by the scientist and professor José Manuel Bautista (in Twitter: @1000genes) from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). Tests are performed by volunteer scientists who have diverted their normal work to offer this service to the Community of Madrid. They generously offer their expert work, but they need material, like swabs to take samples, and reagents to obtain virus components and perform the analysis by PCR. And these material and reagents can be bought thanks to your donations, so your help is been greatly appreciated. With every 10 € donation, the researchers can take a sample from one person and test whether they have got coronavirus or not.

As Prof. Bautista explains “Our laboratory network at Complutense University of Madrid pioneered massive PCR analysis of nursing homes in Spain. With the donation received we continued performing PCR diagnosis of COVID-19 at nursing homes which certainly helped to save lives as allowed to rationally isolate virus spreader people (resident or employees) from healthy resident.” 

You have further information on this initiative here (in Spanish): https://www.ucm.es/la-universidad-complutense-de-madrid-crea-una-red-de-laboratorios-para-ayudar-al-diagnostico-de-covid-19 And here (also in Spanish): https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/05/17/planeta_futuro/1589714291_948056.html

They sent us some images of the laboratories. Here you have a couple of photos of the rooms where they perform some COVID-19 tests, the so-called PCR.

And here, two photos of one of the safety labs where the patient samples arrived and are processed before PCR can be performed.

We will let you know soon where your generosity is headed in June! 

In the meantime, please help us spread the word further, among family, friends, colleagues… 

By donating your money to Apadrina la Ciencia, you are contributing to projects that help handle the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain and to understand the Science behind the SARS-CoV-2 and the pandemic.

Thank you all again for your support!

See you soon.

Apadrina la Ciencia

PCR lab to diagnose COVID-19 in elderly people
PCR lab to diagnose COVID-19 in elderly people
Volunteer researchers at work
Volunteer researchers at work
Swab samples are carefully managed and tested
Swab samples are carefully managed and tested
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