Researchers Gabriele Cattaneo and Alba Roca win the Best Strategic Talk Abstract award at the IGTP Retreat

Institut Guttmann researchers Gabriele Cattaneo and Alba Roca have won the Best Strategic Talk Abstract award at the IGTP Retreat, held on 30 November and 1 December at the Badalona International Business Centre BCIN.

Cattaneo and Roca offered the talk Brain health maintenance and monitoring: findings from the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative during the second day of the meeting, in the session dedicated to Neuroscience and Ageing moderated by the Research Coordinator of the Institut Guttmann, Javier Solana. Their presentation focused on the BBHI brain health initiative, highlighting the results obtained by using artificial intelligence techniques that demonstrate the relationship between different trajectories of healthy lifestyle habits and the likelihood of developing diseases. They also presented the validation of the digital cognitive assessment tool “Guttmann Cognitest”, which allows for efficient and remote cognitive screening.

Other researchers of Institut Guttmann who took part in the conference were Kilian Abellaneda-Peréz, who gave the talk Exploring the neural basis of non-invasive prehabilitation in Brain tumour patients: An fMRI case-study of language network plasticity, and Alba Prats, who spoke about Fully immersive Virtual Reality experiences as a Neurorehabilitation support tool for people with Acquired Brain Injury.

The winner of the Best Young Investigator Abstract award was Milana Bergamino, from the Institut Català d'Oncologia (ICO), for her presentation Impact of genomic sequencing data on treatment decisions in advanced breast cancer. The Audience Award went to Alexia Garcia-Serran, researcher at the IGTP, for her presentation A novel intracerebral haemorrhagic stroke model by endovascular approach in swine. All the awards carry a cash prize of 500 euros.

This has been the third edition of the IGTP Retreat, which aims to present the most innovative research of the Can Ruti Campus, discuss future directions in the context of the strategic plan of the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) and promote synergies in the fields of ageing and patient-centred care.