COVID-19  Spain Project #48579

Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science

by Asociacion Apadrina la Ciencia (Association Sponsor Science)
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Beating COVID-19 through evidence-based science
Signing book at National Book Fair, so exciting!!!
Signing book at National Book Fair, so exciting!!!

Dear supporters,

 
We are really happy to share with you a fascinating tool to support accessible scientific knowledge for everybody. Apadrina la Ciencia is supported by researchers who contribute to science communication for non-specialized public. Researchers generate scientific data. And data combat fake news and pseudotherapies.

 

In this particular occasion, we thank the work of eleven researchers from National Center for Biotechnology (Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, CNB) in Madrid (Spain), who have joint their efforts to offer society useful elements to determine if flat-earthers, anti-vaxxers, creationists, astrologers, mentalists, numerologists and homeopaths, among others, show any scientific foundation. CNB researchers have written a book entitled 'Science or pseudoscience? Tools to orient oneself in a sea of information' of Editorial Plataforma, to teach us how to differentiate science from what pretends to be science. "Today we can verify that the Earth is not flat but spherical, we can also compare the effectiveness of homeopathy or aspirin with that of a placebo, or the predictions of astrology or meteorology with what happens in reality." That has been one of the purposes in writing this book, to give the reader the tools so that they can do those checks for themselves.

 

In the first part of the book, "Appearances", the authors explain that the so-called alternative therapies, such as homeopathy, produce no better results than the placebo effect and identify the aspects that differentiate therapies from pseudotherapies. Therapies are based on known mechanism of action in all its steps, usually in great detail. In the case of the pseudotherapies, either no mechanism of action is described or the one described is vague, undetailed, based on undefined concepts, and frequently defies the laws of physics. The authors have chosen the recent theme of vaccines, recalling that "the best proof of the power of vaccines in controlling infectious diseases is that, as soon as vaccination coverage declines, non-eradicated diseases resurface, as has happened with measles in Europe in recent years due, at least in part, to the proliferating anti-vaccine movements.”

 

The authors discuss another of the pseudoscience mantras: the natural versus the artificial, recalling " Natural is not synonymous with good; a substance is not bad or good by itself, but produces different effects depending on the quantity administered" .

 

Another goal of the book is to provide explanations on how we are so easily deceived. How is that many people do not accept the many studies showing that laying on of hands do not work better than a placebo? The last part includes fifty questions that the reader should ask when trying to decide if what they are being told is science or pseudoscience, to determine if a claim has an unreliable basis, to recognize when the evidence for comparisons between treatments is reliable and when it is not. Relevant aspects relate to the origin of the information, media credibility, how the brain deceives us and is used by fortune tellers, the possible economic interest, involvement of mind and emotions, among others. With these tips, readers will be able to make well-informed decisions about their everyday activities. Doctor Isabel Sola, co-director of the coronavirus laboratory of the CNB, comments: science provides powerful weapons, such as vaccines, to defeat diseases. Understanding how they work is essential to lose the fear of the unknown and trust in their potential. This book provides tools for the critical analysis of scientific information, to discriminate between scientific evidence and misinformation. It also has the merit of doing it in an entertaining and attractive way.

 

Hope you enjoy this book idea as much as the writers enjoyed doing it!

 

Would you like to help us to get the English version?

 

Best regards,

 

Apadrina la Ciencia

Beautiful book author experience, thanks visitors!
Beautiful book author experience, thanks visitors!
Authors during book presentation, lots of fun
Authors during book presentation, lots of fun

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ALC volunteers at family fairs fuel kids curiosity
ALC volunteers at family fairs fuel kids curiosity

Dear supporters,

 

We are really happy to contact you to celebrate our amazing volunteer team which complements your beneficent help.

 

We want to dedicate this fifth report to share with you the fantastic job of Apadrina la Ciencia volunteers. Their generous participation in many outreach activities that have been organized with your economic support make this project possible. We want to express our gratitude to you all for your donations, and to our scientific supporters for their time and motivation. Your complementary efforts are greatly appreciated!

 

Since September 2020, the scientists and volunteers from our non-profit association Sponsor Science (Apadrina la Ciencia; www.apadrinalaciencia.org) have worked very hard to share with the society their research and knowledge about COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes it. For quite some time, pandemics halted our participation in experimental outreach activities aimed to increase public knowledge about virus characteristics and facts, as well as about effective, and not fake, measures to prevent virus dissemination. Fortunately, we are back on track! We have counted on the kindness and communication abilities of expert and experienced virologists like Patricia, Cristian or Puri, who updated kids interest on the latest news about SARS-CoV-2. We have also counted on the enthusiastic participation of numerous younger researchers who connected very well with kids´ interests and curiosity. Younger researchers benefited from this wonderful outreach opportunity as it completed their scientific training with essential complementary abilities, like communication techniques for the non-specialized public.

 

Widening kids and teens interest on science and proved facts will undoubtedly lead, in the future, to more informed citizens who will be more protected from dangerous fake news and manipulation and who will be able to take informed and therefore better decisions.

 

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

 

Have a great summer!!!

ALC volunteers at family fairs fuel kids curiosity
ALC volunteers at family fairs fuel kids curiosity
Volunteers performed virus-related educational exp
Volunteers performed virus-related educational exp
ALC team did virus-related educational experiments
ALC team did virus-related educational experiments
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Dear supporters,

I hope you all had a good and healthy start to the year.

Once again with this report we wish to express our gratitude to you all for your donations in these difficult times, your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Since the beginning of our creation as an association, a significant part of Apadrina la Ciencia's efforts has been aimed at explaining and disseminating quality scientific information to avoid misinformation and false beliefs. During these two years of pandemic this mission is more necessary than ever. The stress and suffering that this pandemic has caused in society around the world has also brought us the so-called infodemic, as stated by the WHO, “an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it”.

(https://iris.paho.org/bitstream/handle/10665.2/52052/Factsheet-infodemic_eng.pdf)

In order to ensure that truthful and relevant scientific information reaches a wide range of audiences, the vice-president of Apadrina la Ciencia, Inés M. Antón recently gave a keynote speech at the Ateneo de Madrid, a very important cultural institution located in the capital of Spain. The Ateneo was created in 1835 as a Scientific and Literary Athenaeum and has hosted six presidents and almost all of Spain's Nobel Prize winners, as well as many politicians (https://www.ateneodemadrid.com/). We encourage you to listen to this interesting conference, wich includes SARS-CoV-2-related information, entitled “Metástasis, la invasion de las células mutantes inmortales” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLJdXoEk3Xc).

Christmas in Spain is also intimately linked to sharing national lottery tickets with family and friends. Apadrina la Ciencia always takes the opportunity of this special time of the year to offer solidary lottery tickets to all the volunteers, members, supporters and collaborators. This time we did not win any money either, but we shared the illusion and spread the importance of science for better lives.

Finally, we also want to share with you the Christmas GIF we prepared to be spred through our social networks. We make a wish for Christmas and for Science. A great communication idea from Apadrina la Ciencia staff, do you like it? Please, retweet it!! (https://twitter.com/ApadrinaCiencia/status/1474684090850820096?s=20)

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

Have a nice beginning of 2022, and stay healthy! :)

Apadrina la Ciencia Team

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Dear supporters,

Hope you all had a good summer and an exciting starting of the academic year.

In this report, we wish to share with you the most interesting outreach activities that have been performed in the past months with your help. We also express our enormous gratitude for your donations in these difficult times, your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Through a collaborative agreement with Antonio G. Armas (https://www.antonioarmas.com/), director of the radio program “Rare Diseases” in Libertad FM, several scientists and volunteers from our non-profit association Sponsor Science (Apadrina la Ciencia; www.apadrinalaciencia.org) have helped us to share with the non-specialized public the experimental approach and conclusions that were obtained during their research on COVID-19. We had the privilege of having in the program two top level coronavirus experts like Dr. Sonia Zúñiga and Dr. Isabel Sola. They both are very experienced virologists with 20-year experience on the design and generation of coronavirus vaccines. Another invited speaker has been the pandemic expert Dr. Amelia Nieto, who has characterized the molecular mechanisms of virus replication for more than 30 years. Such fantastic female role models for girls!!!

The program is broadcasted every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and we participate on it the last Thursday of each month. The program includes two 30-minute interviews and, in line with Apadrina la Ciencia mission, our contribution to this radio program has not been restricted to increase the general knowledge about COVID-19-related issues, but also to communicate updated and rigorous scientific news about other relevant subjects such as Alzheimer disease (Dr. Miguel Medina;) or gene therapy (Dr. Ruben Hernandez Alcobea).

And great news to end this message!!!!! Our collaboration in the radio program “Rare Diseases” has contributed to the program being chosen by a professional jury followed by popular voting, as the winner of the award Referentes 2020 in radio category. Congratulations to Antonio, the program director.

 

Thanks again for your great support to our cause.

 

Have a nice autumn, and continue to be healthy

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Covid-19 presentation at school by Cristian
Covid-19 presentation at school by Cristian

Dear supporters,

 

We hope that you all continue to be well and safe. We also hope that most of you are already or almost vaccinated against Covid-19!

 

In this new report, we want to update you about outreach activities that we performed during these last months with your help. And once again, we would like to deeply thank you for your contributions, which are always greatly appreciated.

 

During the last months, scientists and volunteers from our non-profit association Sponsor Science (Apadrina la Ciencia; www.apadrinalaciencia.org) have been working really hard to spread knowledge about COVID-19, with a special emphasis on preventive measurements and the importance of vaccines. But also transmitting more basic science about SARS-CoV2 and the research being performed about this new virus.

 

We have focused on three groups of people which include children, young teenagers and the elderly. In the first two cases we believed that it was of paramount importance that our children and teens get the most complete and real information about Covid-19, since many of them are overexposed to social media and other sources of information where, unfortunately, fake news are so abundant these days. To this aim we imparted the conference entitled “Covid and pandemics” to several groups of students of ages between 12-15 in the school La Presentación-FESD (Villaba, Spain). No less important is to provide information and education to our elderly, the population that more severely suffered the effects of this pandemic. With this aim we participated in the Senior Program of the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) imparting a four-hour course entitled “Covid-19: a medical challenge for the XXI century”.

 

It was really interesting to observe the differences of knowledge and concerns in these different audiences. From the naïve and sane curiosity of the younger kids who had been less exposed to false information, to the more incredulous attitude of the older teenagers, with some of them even believing in conspiracy theories that circulate in the web. Hopefully, we convinced them to be more critical in these matters and only believe information that has scientific evidence, although we have to admit it that it was a hard job with some of them…

 

With the elderly it was a completely different story, being most of them very interested in how to improve measurements to prevent the spread of the virus and totally convinced of the importance of vaccination. In this sense, to communicate to this population was an easier job for us.

 

But these experiences, which were very rewarding, allowed us to verify that, despite the abundance of information in the media, there is still a profound lack of knowledge in the society about Covid19 and SARS-CoV-2. In this sense, we think that our small contribution to spread this knowledge has been greatly positive, something that it was possible thanks to your support!

 

Have a nice spring, and continue to be healthy :) 

 

Stay tune for updates on our ongoing new and exciting outreach activity!!!

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