The director of Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute (IAC), Rafael Rebolo, and the rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias (ULPGC), Lluís Serra Majem, accompanied by the vice-rector for Research and Transfer, Marisol Izquierdo, have recently met at the institute’s headquarters in San Cristóbal de La Laguna with the aim of activating the new agreement between both institutions for the coordination of training, scientific, technological development and business transfer activities of the IAC Medical Technology Program .
These collaborative activities will take place in the development and improvement of the PINRELL prototype, for the characterization of the natural thermal radiation of biological tissues at the surface level; the design and development of microwave thermography systems, which allow obtaining measurements of subcutaneous temperatures of the body and temperature patterns in depth; and the design and development of phantoms that accurately emulate the dielectric properties of biological tissues, with a view to analyzing the diabetic foot.
Likewise, at the proposal of the IAC, both institutions have agreed that Juan Ruiz Alzola, professor of Signals and Communications Department and director of Medical and Audiovisual Technology Research Group of University Institute of Biomedical and Health Research (IUIBS) of the ULPGC, perform the tasks of direction in the collaboration activities and help to strengthen the collaboration between the two institutions.
Finally, the meeting also expressed the interest of both institutions to strengthen their collaboration in the future, to jointly contribute to the development of business opportunities in the Canary Islands based on science and technology.
The IAC Medical Technology Program is part of the IACTEC technological and business cooperation space, and has the support of the Cabildo de Tenerife through the IACTEC Technological Training program, the scientific infrastructure program of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the INTERREG MAC program, among others, in addition to the collaboration of various public and private biomedical research entities.