The Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Rafael Rebolo; the Deputy Director of the IAC, Casiana Muñoz-Tuñón; the Rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Lluís Serra Majem; the Vice-rector of Research and Transfer, Marisol Izquierdo; and Juan Ruiz Alzola, director of the Group of Medical Technological and Audiovisual Research of the University Institute of Biomedical and Health Research of the ULPGC, met recently at the headquarters of the Institute in San Cristóbal de La Laguna with the aim of activating the new agreement between the two institutions for the coordination of activities in science, technological development and business transfer within the Programme of Medical Technology of the IAC.
These collaboration activities will take the specific form of the development and improvement of the prototype of PINRELL, for the characterization of the natural thermal radiation of surface biological tissues; the design and development of systems of thermography by microwaves, which permit the measurement of subcutaneous body temperatures, and of deep temperature patterns; and the design and development of “phantoms” which emulate precisely the dielectric properties of biological tissues, aimed at the analysis of diabetic feet.
In addition, as proposed by the IAC, the two institutions have agreed that Juan Ruiz Alzola, Professor in the Department of Signals and Communications, and director of the Group of Medical Technological and Audiovisual Research of the University Institute of Biomedical and Health Research of the ULPGC, carry out the direction of the collaborative activities, and help to strengthen the collaboration between the two institutions.
Finally, during the meeting interest was expressed by both institutions in closer future collaboration, to contribute jointly to the development of business opportunities in the Canaries based on science and technology.
The Programme of Medical Technology of the IAC is within the framework of the area of technological and business collaboration IACTEC, and is supported by the Cabildo of Tenerife via the programme of Technological Training IACTEC, the programme of scientific infrastructures of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the programme INTERREG MAC, among others, as well as working in collaboration with a number of public and private organizations of biomedical research.