Researchers from the Group of Powder Technologies (GTP) of the University Carlos III of Madrid in partnership with the Microbiologic Department of the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria of la Fundación Jiménez Díaz (IIS-FJD) has recently obtained a grant in the XVI Call for Health Research of Mutua Madrileña Foundation to conduct a project within 3 years entitled “Design of biodegradable and bactericide sol-gel coatings for the local prevention and treatment of infections associated with biomaterials of clinical devices”.
The project is leaded by Antonia Jiménez-Morales at the UC3M and by Jaime Esteban Moreno at the IIS-FJD. Amaya García-Casas and John Jairo Aguilera Correa complete the research team that will be involved in the project. The IIS-FJD is an accredited health research institute, a requirement to request this grant.
Since 2004, Mutua Madrileña Foundation has been committed to the promotion and development of research in Spain. The annual call for health research has become a benchmark for medical researchers from all over the country. During the last 13 calls, Mutua Madrileña Foundation has supported 1.273 research projects throughout Spain for an amount of 53.994.646 euros (http://www.fundacionmutua.es/Ayudas-a-la-Investigacion.html).
Dr. Jiménez-Morales leads the research line of coatings based in the sol-gel technology in the GTP. For more than 20 years, she has worked in the development of advanced materials with electrochemical properties to obtain functional materials. They have been a reference group on the development of ion selective membranes, electrochemical sensors, and metal surface protection. The sol-gel technology allows preparing materials with tailored-made properties that can fit with the requirements for their application in biomaterials of clinical use.
Dr. Esteban Moreno has a huge background in studies related with bacteria adherence, biofilm growth, biocompatibility, and experimental models with animals. The group is integrated into a national referential care service in the diagnosis and management of infections associated with biomaterials. They integrate their experimental knowledge into the clinical practice, which is corroborated by the development of new diagnostic techniques for prosthetic infection published in several papers.