The 3rd SPLC-CRS Young Scientists Meeting will take place on January 21st, 2021.




Scientific Program 

(Central European Time)

10:00 - 10:10 

Welcome Session

SPLC-CRS President: Carmen Évora (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain)

Young Scientist Organizing Committee

10:10 - 10:45 

Plenary Speaker Dimitrios Lamprou

New Tools, New Possibilities, "Smarter" Drug Delivery Systems

Reader in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Programme Director at MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy of Queen's University Belfast (United Kingdom)


Chair: Bruno Sarmento (University of Porto, Portugal)

10:45 - 12:20 

Young Scientist Session I


Biomacromolecule and Oligonucleotide Delivery


Moderator: Mireya L. Borrajo (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

10:45  Protamine-based nanoparticles: an attrative gene delivery system for 2D and 3D glioblastoma models. Sheila Barrios-Esteban (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
11:00  Intracellular delivery of nucleic acid mimics in bacteria to treat infections. Rita S. Santos (University of Porto, Portugal)

Nanoparticle-hydrogel system for hGDNF release. Pablo V. Torres-Ortega (University of Navarra, Spain)


Oral, Mucosal and Transdermal Delivery


Moderator: Souhaila El Moukhtari (University of Navarra, Spain)

11:30  Assessing the tomato odor and the acceptability of microemulsions containing lycopene-enriched extracts from tomato processing residues. Ana Costa (University of Lisbon, Portugal) 
11:45  Quercetin-loaded nanoparticles: characterization and in vivo evaluation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Raquel Campión (University of Navarra, Spain)
12:00  Mucodiffusion of intestinal protein-corona-coated nanocarriers assessed by a novel particle tracking data analysis approach. María Plaza-Oliver (University of Castilla-la Mancha, Spain)
12:15  Manufacturing pharmaceutical forms with 3D printing. Mattia Tiboni (University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy)
12:30 - 12:45  Break
12:45 - 13:45 

Invited Speaker - “Out of the Bench Session" featuring Jean Christophe Leroux

Publishing Practices and Their Link to the Reproducibility Crisis

Full professor in Drug Formulation and Delivery at ETH (Switzerland)


Chair: María Blanco-Prieto (University of Navarra, Spain)

13:45 - 14:30  Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:05

Plenary Speaker Kathryn A. Whitehead

From Farm to Pharmacy: A Strawberry-Derived Solution to Oral Protein Delivery

Associate Professor and Dean’s Career Fellow in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (United States)


Chair: Helena Florindo (University of Lisbon, Portugal) 

15:05 - 16:50

Young Scientist Session II


Responsive and Combination Delivery 


Moderator: Cláudia Martins (University of Porto, Portugal)

15:05  Multivalent branched polypeptide-based nanovaccine as promising immunotherapeutic strategy for melanoma. Liane Moura (University of Lisbon, Portugal) 
15:20  PD1 blockade potentiates the therapeutic efficacy of photothermally-activated and MRI-guided low temperature-sensitive magnetoliposomes. Ma Guanglong (Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom)

Targeted Drug Delivery


Moderator: Cláudia Martins (University of Porto, Portugal)

15:35  Development and characterization of functionalized aptamer-hybrid nanoparticles. Patricia García-García (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain)
15:50  Targeted cathelicidin nanomedicines as novel glucoregulator for diabetes therapy. Cecília Cristelo (University of Porto, Portugal; University of Minho, Portugal)

Tissue Repair and Bioinspired or Biomimetic Delivery


Moderator: Patricia García García (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain)

16:05  Long-lasting retinal neuroprotection by an adenosine A3 receptor agonist loaded in an intraocular biodegradable implant. Raquel Boia (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
16:20  Development and characterization of nanocellulose-alginate chondroitin/dermatan sulfate 3D bioprinted scaffolds for cartilage regeneration. Markel Lafuente-Merchan (University of Basque Country, Spain)

Transversal Topics


Moderator: Mireya L. Borrajo (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

16:35   Apolipoproteins, complement factors, and immunoglobulins dictate the biological fate of polymeric nanocarriers. Germán Berrecoso (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
16:50 - 17:15  Break
17:15 - 18:15 

Poster Meet-up Parallel Sessions

  • Session 1: Biomacromolecule and Oligonucleotide Delivery (Moderator: Mireya L. Borrajo, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Session 2: Oral, Mucosal and Transdermal Delivery (Moderator: Ana Olivera, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Session 3: Responsive and Combination Delivery (Moderator: Cláudia Martins, University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Session 4: Targeted Drug Delivery (Moderator: Souhaila El Moukhtari, University of Navarra, Spain)
  • Session 5: Tissue Repair and Bioinspired or Biomimetic Delivery (Moderator: Patricia Díaz Rodríguez, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain)
  • Session 6: Transversal Topics (Moderator: Patricia García García, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain)
18:15 - 18:30 

Award Announcement and Closing Session

SPLC-CRS Secretary: Araceli Delgado (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain)