Science: our power to defeat COVID-19

by Asociacion Apadrina la Ciencia (Association Sponsor Science)
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Science: our power to defeat COVID-19
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"

Dear supporters,

Apadrina La Ciencia (Sponsor Science) Team hopes you and your loved ones are well and managed to start the new year with tons of positive energy and solidarity.

A lot has happened since we last contacted you! And we want to share the scientific advances reached to decrease COVID-19 with those of you who made them possible through your donations. We have not achieved the final defeat yet, but we are on the right track:

Strike 1! Reduce COVID-19 spread through early diagnose and selective confinement. Thanks to your contributions a research team was able to specifically perform hundreds of PCR tests out of the thousands run on residents and workers at nursing homes, and prevent many fatal infections. Their exceptional work has been recognized in many articles and they have even been stars in a comic strip by Peridis, a very famous Spanish cartoonist, to celebrate their prize as best “Network against COVID-19 in 2020” presented on November 19th 2020 by FEI (Foro de Empresa Innovadoras).

https://tribuna.ucm.es/news/reconocimientos-fei-2020-maria-vallet-red-ucm-de-laboratorios-covid-19

https://twitter.com/sebbm_es/status/1329702915188121600?lang=bg

Strike 2! Generate viral-related products for diagnostic kits or vaccines. Some of your donations were assigned to finance new technologies that focus on the use of plants as biofactories to obtain large amounts of viral proteins needed for antibody detection or antibody induction. Their work has been presented to the general public in a webinar about research in covid-19.

https://www.imib.es/ServletDocument?document=67792

Strike 3! More research to identify coronavirus weaknesses and turn them against the pathogen. Your economic support is enough to cover a part time salary to support the advancement of a young researcher career. We aim to complete the amount required to cover the salary for a one-year full time contract for a scientist, a total of 22,000.00 €, dedicated to learn about virology.

As you can see, we are cornering the coronavirus, but we are not done yet! Now we need your help more than ever to eliminate this undesired companion. We invite all of you to continue supporting our initiative by spreading the word all over the planet, the more the better.

We know, it is an ambitious challenge, but joining efforts, we can definitively defeat COVID-19!

Best wishes,

Apadrina la Ciencia Team

Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"

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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! :)

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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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