The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rules of the game so that social structures are more permeable to change. To better understand this new reality, we interviewed two ”la Caixa” fellows who are leading changes in their respective sectors.READ MORE >
25 June 2020
Revealing the secrets behind the micro-organisms living inside us
For some years now we have been aware of the fact that human cells live alongside a huge array of micro-organisms inside our bodies, mainly in the digestive tract and the skin, but also inside the reproductive and respiratory systems. However, over the course of the last decade we have discovered the fundamental role that this collection of microscopic beings — otherwise known as the ‘microbiome’ — plays in our health. We spoke to two experts in this field, Roger Paredes and Bernat Ollé, both researchers and ”la Caixa” Fellows. They discussed what we currently know about the microbiome and how it could lead to revolution in how we prevent and treat diseases.
25 May 2020
Understanding humanity through the arts
En tiempos cambiantes, hoy más que nunca, el arte y la cultura tienen un rol fundamental a la hora de entender el mundo en que vivimos. Nos aportan herramientas para reflexionar y cuestionarnos nuestro papel como individuos y también como partes integrantes de un colectivo. Para indagar un poco más en esta cuestión, hemos hablado con tres artistas, becarios de ”la Caixa”, para conocer cómo viven la experiencia artística, qué significa para ellos el arte y por qué creen que es tan importante para los seres humanos.
09 April 2020
One pandemic, multiple perspectives
While China is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel after the crisis wrought by the coronavirus, its rapid spread across the rest of the planet has led many countries to take restrictive measures. Travel and business have ground to a halt and the world economy is slowing down. Most seriously of all, many people are still falling sick on a daily basis. To learn more about these different realities and analyse the overall situation, we contacted four members of the ”la Caixa” Fellows Association based at four separate locations across the globe to discover how these unprecedented circumstances are affecting them from their perspective.
26 March 2020
We still have time to implement more tests to halt the panddemic
While many people across Spain were finishing up their first week on lockdown, we spoke to Antoni Plasència, the director of ISGlobal and a renowned epidemiologist. His research centre, the result of an innovative alliance between ”la Caixa” and academic and governmental organisations, has played a pioneering role in creating interdisciplinary teams to provide a 360 response to global healthcare. Research into infectious diseases is one of the main strategic focal points in their work.