The Eugin-UPF Chair in Assisted Human Reproduction has just presented its awards for the best Final Degree Projects (TFG) in Human Biology at UPF in the fields of assisted reproduction, developmental biology and genetics.

The first prize has gone to Marina Carmona Rivas, for an investigation in which she delves into how eggs can maintain their integrity throughout their extensive existence and, on the contrary, in the processes that lead to their degradation and loss of their ability to develop embryos in mothers of advanced reproductive age. The research was carried out in the laboratory of Elvan Böke, of the Center for Genomic Regulation of Barcelona.

The second prize has been awarded to David Fernández Munuera, for an investigation in which he used in vitro models to observe the first stages of embryonic development, and which, despite not being directly applicable in the field of assisted reproduction, is crucial to develop any improvement in assisted reproduction treatments. This work was carried out in the Vikas Trivedi laboratory at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Barcelona.

In total, the jury has evaluated eight works that delve into various topics within the field of reproduction, such as the perception of the risk of oral contraceptives or the genetic study of endangered species from cryopreserved cells.

Finally, the third prize went to Laura Carrillo Bosch, for her research work on genetic modification techniques for the study of the regulation of cell division, carried out in yeasts in José Ayté’s laboratory at UPF.

In total, the jury has evaluated eight works that delve into various topics within the field of reproduction , such as the perception of the risk of oral contraceptives or the genetic study of endangered species from cryopreserved cells.

In this sense, Rafael Fraile, CEO of Eugin Spain, stressed that “at this time it is more necessary than ever to support science and scientific vocations. At Eugin we are especially aware of their drive and we are especially pleased to see the growing interest in the field of reproduction by younger scientific generations “.

For his part, Francesc Calafell, co-director of the Chair and professor at UPF, highlighted “the high quality of the papers presented, some of which could be sent directly to be published in international journals.”

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