The BiSC project readjusts the timing and follow-up tests of babies to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic


The BiSC project is readjusting to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic! As in many other professional fields, and also in our personal lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has also forced the readjustment of the BiSC Project. The research team and the group of field workers who make the project possible have had to readjust the contact and interaction with future mothers, the collection of biological samples, the measures of exposure to pollution in the homes of the participating families, as well as the protocol for monitoring babies who have been born since March. MRI: Unfortunately for several months [...]

The BiSC project will obtain genetic data from mothers and their babies

02/10/2020|Evolution of the project|

The BiSC project will obtain genetic data from mothers and their babies! The BiSC project has secured funding from the Carlos III Institute of Health (ISCIII) to be able to genotype mothers and their babies. Genotyping consists of determining for each individual which variant (or shape) has a specific position of the DNA sequence, among all the possible variants existing in the population. The new project will determine [...]

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The study on the emotional impact of BiSC volunteers during confinement receives funding (MOOD-COVID study).

28/09/2020|Evolution of the project|

The MOOD-COVID study is already underway! At the start of confinement by COVID-19 in March 2020, we initiated a questionnaire-based study to assess the emotional state of BiSC volunteers. This study was launched thanks to the willingness of researchers and participants in a time of emergency to answer an important question: How does confinement and the health crisis impact the mental health of pregnant women and mothers with [...]

The BiSC project wishes you a good summer!

10/08/2020|Evolution of the project|

Very good summer and happy holidays! We end another year of the BiSC project. These last few months have been quite curious and unexpected, but from BiSC we hope you can enjoy this summer vacation and we can recharge batteries to start September with a lot of energy! From the news section of the project and from all the people who work at BiSC we want to wish [...]

Study of the cognitive status of children at 6 months of age

13/07/2020|Evolution of the project|

The BiSC project and the eye-tracker technique! Little by little, the BiSC project is back on track, and after these months of confinement, we have news! Recall that one of the main objectives of the BiSC project was to assess whether there is any association between air pollution levels and children's neurodevelopment. At BiSC, throughout the postnatal period we are already conducting different tests at 6 months of [...]

Study on the emotional state of BiSC volunteers!

22/06/2020|Evolution of the project|

We have completed the first phase of the study on the emotional impact of BiSC volunteers during confinement! At the beginning of the confinement, set to cut the transmission of COVID-19, we started a study based on questionnaires to assess the emotional state of the BiSC volunteers. The study consisted of 5 questionnaires, the last of which was passed last week (final questionnaire). In total, 398 volunteers took [...]

A creative way of doing the environmental exposure assessment at home!


The essential involvement of the BiSC volunteers and their creativity! Gradually, the BiSC project is reactivated, and some of the visits are starting again, such as the 32-week pregnancy environmental visit. Given the circumstances, we had to readjust the way the visit was carried out to be able to keep collecting information on certain air pollutants such as NO2, or other factors such as temperature and humidity. This [...]

BiSC volunteer babies’ are 12 months old!

06/06/2020|Evolution of the project|

We started the 12-month follow-up questionnaire! We have started monitoring babies at 12 months, the entire BiSC team is excited to know that the project's volunteer babies have already reached the year of life! In this questionnaire, we ask questions about the emotional state of mothers, and also about the lactation and diet habits followed by babies, in order to know how they can affect their microbiota. On [...]

The first newsletter of the BiSC project!


The first newsletter of the BiSC project! Yesterday, May 11, we sent the first newsletter of the project to BiSC volunteers. This newsletter is a new way of communicating with BiSC families, where you can find short reports, interviews, a collection of news published on the web or a small creative corner, among others. In this first edition, the BiSC team updates us on the current situation of [...]