May 14, 2023

World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week

This year, the World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week is celebrated between 14-20 May 2023, with initiatives that aim to raise awareness about retinoblastoma and inform about its symptoms. Although retinoblastoma is a rare cancer, with an estimated incidence of about 1 case per 15,000 to 20,000 live births worldwide, it usually affects young children and can […]

October 8, 2022

ECaBox presented to the public in Barcelona

On Saturday October 8, 2022, the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, home to the CRG, reopened its doors to the general public after two years of pandemic closures. The Open Day is a thrilling event where hundreds of volunteers, composed of researchers and staff of the centre, enable children, students and the curious citizens of Barcelona […]

October 1, 2022

ECaBox presented at Aferetica’s Workshop Purification Therapies

On September 30-October 1, 2022, the ECaBox project was presented at Aferetica’s Workshop Purification Therapies – ‘From Research to Clinical Evidence’. With more than 450 participants, 38 international speakers and 83 posters, the two-day congress was an opportunity for dialogue and confrontation on transplantation, from conservation to organ regeneration, and systemic inflammatory diseases, with focus […]

August 11, 2022

Developing a system to assess the viability of the resuscitated eye

The aim of the highly ambitious ECaBox project is to develop a platform for the resuscitation of the human cadaveric eye while ensuring eye function and structure ex vivo for an unprecedented time period. If successful, the developed care box can serve as a platform for the investigation of various therapeutic approaches for retinal degenerative […]

July 20, 2022

ECaBox first annual meeting

After ten months of close collaboration, finally the ECaBox consortium met for the first time in person at the annual meeting in Tel Aviv on July 19-20, 2022. The gathering, organised by the hosting partner at Bar-Ilan University, mainly focused on an in depth discussion of all the research activities performed since the start of […]

June 28, 2022

Interviews to ECaBox coordinator

Following the announcement of ECaBox and the broad media coverage it received, project coordinator Dr. Pia Cosma was invited to give several interviews and talk about the importance of research on retinal regeneration and the ingenious approach of attempting to resuscitate cadaveric eyes in a care box for therapeutic purposes. On December 15, 2021, Dr. […]

March 9, 2022

Regenerating human retina

The retina converts the light received by the eye into a signal that our brain uses to create images, allowing us to see. Damage to the retina drastically affects vision. Could human retina be able to regenerate itself? According to the findings published today on eBioMedicine from a joint collaboration of ECaBox partners CRG and […]

February 3, 2022

Setup of the eye perfusion

Eye perfusion is key to provide blood circulation into the human eye. After the eye is removed from the donor, it needs to be cannulated to allow blood profusion to keep the eye with its needed nutrients and oxygen. This is a very complicated step that needs meticulous and perseverant work to be achieved. Our […]

January 10, 2022

ECaBox announcement in the press

The launch of ECaBox was announced with a press release published on December 17, 2021 by the CRG and shared by project partners UB, IBEC, Aferetica and KCL on their websites and social media channels. The press release was also shared by BIST, the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, that counts CRG and IBEC […]

September 3, 2021

ECaBox kick off

On September 2-3, 2021, the ECaBox consortium meets virtually to officially kick off the project activities. During two packed mornings, project partners go through the goals and aims of each of the six work packages that will lead, in 4 years time, to the full development of a device for the exploration of regenerative treatments […]