Scientific Program


Time Wednesday 22nd January
12.00-14.00 Registration and Posters placement
14.00-14.15 Welcome Ceremony
Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy (USC)
Dolores Torres (SPLC-CRS President)
María José Alonso (Founder of the SPLC-CRS and Past President of the CRS)


Moderator: María José Alonso. University of Santiago de Compostela

Alexander Florence
Emeritus Professor, University College of London, UK
“A « nano » trajectory and the complexities of targeting”

15.00-15.30 Coffee and refreshments • Posters viewing

SESSION 1. The Future of the CRS Local Chapters in Europe

Moderator: Avi Schroeder. Israel Institute of Technology

15.30 United Kingdom-Ireland Local Chapter
Katie Ryan, University College Cork, Ireland
'Biomaterial drug-delivery systems to support bone tissue regeneration"
16.00 Nordic Local Chapter
Bente Steffansen, Leo Pharma, Denmark
“Paracellular permeability across Caco-2 cell monolayer: in vitro studies and modeling”
16.30 BeNeLux & France Chapter
Giovanna Lollo, Lyon University, France
"Tailoring structural properties of nanocomposite scaffolds for sustained intestinal delivery"
17.00 Germany Local Chapter
Cornelia M. Keck, Philipps University Marburg, Germany 
“Smart nanocarriers for improved drug delivery”
17.30-18.00 Coffee and refreshments • Posters viewing
18.00 Italian Local Chapter
Paolo Decuzzi, IIT Central Research Labs, Genova, Italy,  
”Mechano-Pharmacological Properties of Drug Delivery Systems in Brain Diseases”
18.30 Turkish Local Chapter
Sevgi Güngör, University of Istanbul, Turkey
“Follicular targeting of topical nano-carriers for the treatment of dermatological diseases”
19.00 Greece Local Chapter
Sophia Antimisiaris, Patras University, Greece
 “Extracellular vesicles, cellular vesicles or liposomes for targeted delivery of drugs?”
19:30 PhD Thesis Award
Moderator: Carmen Évora. University of La Laguna
20:30 Welcome Reception



Time Thursday 23th January
08.30-09.00 Registration-Posters placement and presentations upload


Moderator: María Jesús Vicent. Principe Felipe Research Center

Mark Prausnitz
Director of the Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
“Microneedle patch technology for long-acting contraception and dermal interstitial fluid diagnostics”


SESSION 2. Transdermal and Transmucosal Delivery

Moderator: António J. Almeida. University of Lisbon
Co-chair: Ana Melero. University of Valencia

09.45 Invited speaker
Richard Guy
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. University of Bath
“Prediction and Optimisation of Drug Delivery into and through the Skin”
10.15 Invited speaker
Marcelo Calderón
Head of Responsive Polymer Therapeutics GroupPolymat, San Sebastian, Spain
“Crossing biological barriers with responsive nanogels to improve drug delivery Performance”
10.45 Short Talks selected from abstracts

Photothermal therapy of basal cell carcinoma using gold nanorods-loaded microarray patches
A.S. Cordeiro, Á. Carcamo-Martínez, M.T. Rahman, S.E.J. Bell and R.F. Donnelly

Functionalized hydrogels for transferulic acid loading and release
A. Varela-Garcia, C. Alvarez-Lorenzo, A. Concheiro.

11.15-11.45 Coffee and refreshments • Posters viewing

SESSION 3. Therapy and prevention of infectious diseases

Moderator: Ana Grenha. University of Algarve
Co-chair: Andreia Almeida. I3S. University of Porto

11.45 Invited speaker
Juan Manuel Irache

Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology. University of Navarra, Spain
“Nanoparticles as adjuvants for mucosal vaccination”
12.15 Short Talks selected from abstracts

Hyaluronic acid-Amphotericin B Nanocomplexes: a Promising Anti-leishmanial Targeted Drug Delivery System
R. Silva-Carvalho, C. Gonçalves, A. I. Bourbon, L. M. Pastrana, P. Parpot, A. Tomás, and M. Gama

Influence of Nanoparticle Design on the Immune Response against an HIV Peptide Antigen
T. G. Dacoba, R. W. Omange, H. Li, Ma Luo, J. Crecente-Campo and M. J. Alonso.

Polymeric films: a novel proposal to improve the management of eye infections
A.J. Guillot, D. Petalas, T.M. Garrigues and A. Melero.

13.00-14.00 Lunch


Moderator: Bruno Sarmento. University of Porto

Steven R. Litlle
Chairman of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum. University of Pittsburgh. McGowan Institute for regenerative Medicine, USA
“Controlling “Controlled Release” to Make Medicine That Imitates Life”


SESSION 4. Regenerative medicine and cell therapy

Moderator: - Ilídio Correia. University of Beira Interior
Co-chair: Patricia Díaz. University of La Laguna

14.45 Invited speaker
Miguel Oliveira

3B´s Research Group, Institute 3Bs, University of Minho, Portugal.
“From Micro- and Nano-technologies to Nanomedicines: Applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine”
15.15 Short Talks selected from abstracts

Interpenetrating polymer networks with adjustable mechanical properties provide efficient transfection and prime mesenchymal cells for chondrogenesis.
M. Garcia-Fuentes, A. M. Ledo, K. H. Vining, M. J. Alonso, D. J. Mooney

Overcoming the inflammatory stage of non-healing wounds: in vitro mechanism of action of Negatively Charged Microspheres (NCM).
E. Santos-Vizcaino, A. Salvador, C. Vairo, L. Correa, R. M. Hernandez, S. Villullas, G. Gainza, M. Igartua

Controlled delivery of non-coding RNA in wound healing via photodegradable polymeric nanoparticles.
V. Francisco, J. Blersch1, C. Rebelo, A. Jimenez-Balsa, H. Antunes, C. Gonzato, S. Pinto, S. Simões, K. Liedl, K. Haupt, L. Ferreira.

16.00-16.30 Coffee and refreshments • Posters viewing

SESSION 5. Targeted Drug Delivery and Combination therapies

Moderator: Joao Nuno Moreira. University of Coimbra
Co-chair: José Crecente. CIMUS. University of Santiago de Compostela

16.30 Invited speaker
Avi Schroeder

Head of the GroupTechnion - Israel Institute of Technology.
“Personalized barcoded nano-medicines indicate primary breast tumors respond to different drugs than brain metastasis”
17.00 Invited speaker
Hélder Santos

Head of Nanomedicines and Biomedical Engineering Group, University of Helsinki, Finland.
“Nanobiostructured systems for biomedical applications: From design to cancer therapy"
17.30 Short Talks selected from abstracts

Self-illuminating nanoparticles can activate the photosensitizer verteporfin for photodynamic therapy in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC)
M. Abal-Sanisidro, S. Díez-Villares, S. Alijas, R. Carreira-Rodríguez, MG. Blanco, M. de la Fuente

Combinatorial nanomedicine for treating pediatric osteosarcoma
C. Rodríguez-Nogales, V. Sebastián, H. Moreno, S. Irusta, S. Mura, D. Desmaële, P. Couvreur, F. Lecanda, and M. J. Blanco-Prieto

Synthesis of biologic-responsive targeting polymeric conjugates to manufacture docetaxel-loaded nanoparticles for glioblastoma chemotherapy.
C. Martins, M. Araújo, J. W. Aylott and B. Sarmento.


SESSION 6. The 25 Anniversary of the 1st SPLC-CRS Conference

Testimonies of Past Presidents
María José Alonso (University of Santiago de Compostela)
Eugenia Cruz (University of Lisboa)
Juan Manuel Irache (University of Navarra)
María Jesús Vicent (Principe Felipe Research Center)
Joao Nuno Moreira (University of Coimbra)



Time Friday 24th January
08.30-09.00 Registration-Presentations upload


Moderator: Helena Florindo. University of Lisbon

Ignacio Melero
Director of the Immunology and Immunotherapy department of the CIMA. University of Navarra.
“On translatable local approaches for cancer immunotherapy”


SESSION 7. Delivery of Biomacromolecules and oligonucleotides

Moderator: María de la Fuente. Oncomet. Sergas
Co-chair: Edorta Santos. University of Basque Country

09.45 Invited speaker
Javier Montenegro

CIQUS, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
“New Chemical and Supramolecular Concepts for Nucleic Acid and Macromolecular Cytosolic Delivery”
10.15 Short Talks selected from abstracts

Precision Nanomedicine-based Therapeutics to Regulate Immunosuppression Against Melanoma
B. Carreira, R.A. Acúrcio, A. Krivitsky, E. Pisarevsky, A.I. Matos, J.M. Conniot, A. Scomparin, R. Satchi-Fainaro and H.F. Florindo

Hyaluronic acid enveloped metallic nanocomplexes for RNA delivery
M. L. Borrajo, M. Durán-Lobato and M. J. Alonso

11.00-11.30 Coffee and refreshments • Posters viewing


Moderator: María José Blanco-Prieto. University of Navarra
Invited speaker
Luis Liz Marzán

Scientific Director of CIC biomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain
“Diagnosis and Therapy Based on Gold Nanoparticles”


SESSION 8. Oral Delivery of drugs and other active ingredients

Moderator: Carmen Remuñán-López. University of Santiago de Compostela
Co-chair: Rita Santos. LEPABE. University of Porto

12.15 Invited speaker
Noemi Csaba

Associate Professor, CIMUS, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
“Bioinspired delivery systems for oral peptide therapeutics”
12.45 Short Talks selected from abstracts

Polymeric micelles obtained by a novel chitosan derivative as potential delivery nanosystem of hydrophobic drugs.
A. Almeida, M. Araújo, R. Novoa-Carballal, F. Andrade, M. Lúcio, S. Schwartz Jr., B. Sarmento

Potential of nanoemulsions stabilised by ascorbyl-dipalmitate to increase the interaction with the intestinal barrier via the SVCT-1 transporter
M.V. Lozano, M. Plaza-Oliver, A. Beloqui, L. Castro-Vázquez, V. Rodríguez-Robledo, J. González-Fuentes, P. Marcos, M. Arroyo-Jiménez, M.J. Santander-Ortega, V. Préat

13.15-14.15 Lunch

SESSION 9. Organized by the SPLC-CRS Young Section

Moderators: María Plaza y Carlos Rodriguez-Nogales

Flash communications selected from posters


SESSION 10. Discussion Panel: Nanomedicine: An industrial perspective

María José Alonso. University of Santiago de Compostela
Nazende Günday-Türeli. MyBiotech GmbH, Überherrn, Germany
Maria Teresa Peracchia. Sanofi Aventis, Paris, France
Dario N. Carrara. FERRING Galenisches Labor AG, Allschwill, Switzerland
Marisol Quintero. Bioncotech Therapeutics, Valencia, Spain
Pilar Calvo. Pharmamar S.A., Madrid, Spain

16.30-17.00 Coffee and refreshments
17.00-17.45 Organized by the SPLC-CRS Young Section
Interactive session with Alexander Florence (University College of London, UK)
(Attendees can meet and greet with A. Florence to ask questions related to the scope of his talk, career advise, etc)
17.45-18.15 Awards for the best oral communication and poster. Closing ceremony
18.15-19.15 General Assembly of the SPLC-CRS
21:00 Gala Dinner