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

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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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

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