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  • Future Perspectives on Emerging Tick-Borne Zoonosis

    On June 7th, healthcare professionals from the Northern Metropolitan region gathered at the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute to celebrate the 5th edition of the International Health and #OneHealth Conference.

    Dr. Óscar Cabezón, a researcher from the conservation medicine research group (WildCoM) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the UABFaculty of Veterinary Medicine of the UAB, emphasized the importance of understanding and controlling emerging infectious diseases transmitted by ticks to prevent contagious outbreaks.

    From his research group, WildCoM, they study the ecology of these diseases from a holistic perspective, highlighting how human-caused environmental changes can influence the presence of a pathogen in the environment. Additionally, he pointed out that climate change, urbanization, and changes in human and animal habits have contributed to the increase in tick-borne diseases, and that more efforts are needed to better understand tick populations and the pathogens they can transmit.

  • The CTU unit participates in the National Congress on AIDS and STIs

    The CTU unit from ScienHub Research Support presented two posters at the XXI National Congress on AIDS and STIs, organized by SEISIDA. The congress focused on the theme “The Ages of HIV,” addressing various perspectives and challenges related to aging and the diversity of PLHIV.

    • “Beyond Comorbidities: Over50 Cohort of PLHIV ≥ 50 Years Old Compared to a Control Group”: The results showed a higher prevalence of sleep disorders, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, falls, depression, and loneliness in PLHIV compared to a control group. This underscores the need for specific approaches to geriatric care in PLHIV.
    • “Redesigning HIV Care: A Significant Shift in the Profile of Individuals Newly Diagnosed with HIV”: The study concluded that there has been a significant increase in HIV diagnoses in primary care, suggesting a possible lack of information about the infection, a greater diversity of affected population groups, an increase in detection among women, and an increase in AIDS diagnoses. This highlights the need to adopt differentiated approaches for newly diagnosed individuals.

    The participation of the CTU team in the congress underscores our commitment to research, advancing the understanding and improvement of care for people with HIV.

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  • We commemorate International Clinical Trials Day

    Today, May 20th, we commemorate a historic milestone in medicine: the first clinical trial conducted by Scottish doctor James Lind in 1747. This pioneering trial, which identified a lack of vitamin C as the cause of scurvy among sailors in the British Navy, laid the foundation for modern clinical research.

    In the past six decades, clinical research has transformed our health and well-being and has contributed to achieving goals such as:

    • Life expectancy in Europe has increased by almost 10 years.
    • The mortality rate from HIV/AIDS has decreased by over 80% since the 1980s.
    • The cancer mortality rate is 20% lower since the 1990s.


    In every clinical trial, the true heroes are the patients. Their active participation is key to the development of new therapies and treatments.

    At ScienHub Research Support, we are committed to advancing research by providing comprehensive support in the management and implementation of clinical studies. From our CRO, we handle the management of clinical trials in all phases, including bureaucratic procedures, monitoring, and data management. From the CTU, we implement clinical trials strictly adhering to current regulations. We ensure the rights, safety, and well-being of the participants, as well as the quality of the data obtained.

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  • Center of Excellence in HIV and Aging

    Last April, ScienHub Education organized the 2nd workshop as a Center of Excellence in HIV and Aging with the aim of consolidating the recognition of the Fight Infections Foundation as specialists in HIV and Aging. In 2023, the foundation was accredited as a Center of Excellence in HIV and Aging by the Gilead Sciences program, highlighting its dedication to research, treatment, and care for people living with HIV.

    The training, aimed at a small group of medical professionals from hospital centers in Catalonia, was designed with the goal of ensuring healthy aging and a better quality of life, addressing medical, social, psychosocial, functional, cognitive, and geriatric aspects.

    Dr. Eugènia Negredo, head of the HIV section at the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital and researcher at the Fight against Infections Foundation, coordinated the workshop. The activity involved experts from her team and regular collaborators, thus reinforcing the foundation’s commitment to excellence in HIV and aging care.

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  • Study Hipra HH-4: Promising vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 in immunosuppressed adults

    The Hipra HH-4 study is a multicenter investigation aimed at evaluating the immunogenicity and safety of an RBD fusion vaccine (PHH-IV) against SARS-COV-2. This study specifically focused on adults with immunosuppressive conditions who were already vaccinated against COVID-19.

    The CRO ScienHub Research Support coordinated the monitoring tasks among the three recruiting centers, and the CTU implemented the study at our center, collaborating closely and determinedly with the respective research teams.

  • ScienHub Research Support Facilitating Clinical Trials in Spain for INSIGHT

    Currently, ScienHub Research Support is offering assistance for two clinical trials underway in Spain under the International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT). Sponsored by the University of Minnesota, European coordination is led by CHIP Copenhagen.

    At the heart of this operation is the ScienHub Research Support’s CTU, responsible for orchestrating the study’s implementation at the Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol (HUGTiP). Their duties include executing visit procedures meticulously outlined in the protocol. Simultaneously, ScienHub Research Support’s CRO is diligently handling bureaucratic procedures and providing crucial management support. Furthermore, they are managing monitoring activities at various participating centers scattered throughout Spain.

  • PostCROI: Up-to-date on HIV and other infections

    Dr. Eugènia Negredo presents at #PostCROI some of the latest updates on aging and HIV discussed at #CROI2024, such as the REPRIEVE study, the first large-scale study to test a strategy aimed at preventing heart disease among HIV-positive individuals. The results of this study are likely to prompt changes in clinics, as they have shown that HIV-positive individuals taking Pitavastatin have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular issues. This represents crucial information that influences clinical practice and HIV management.

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  • SCHISTO-STOP Study Unveils Promising Results in Tackling Schistosomiasis

    The SCHISTO-STOP study, aimed at implementing a screening strategy for schistosomiasis in immigrant populations at epidemiological risk, reveals promising preliminary results. Schistosomiasis is one of the most common helminthic infections worldwide, with serious health implications. In Catalonia, it is estimated that over 17,000 individuals are infected, yet only a small fraction have been diagnosed. Despite the existing treatment, Praziquantel, being safe and effective with cure rates exceeding 90%, many cases go unnoticed. Collaborative efforts between researchers and teams at ScienHub Research Support have enabled the study to be concluded on time, yielding promising results that could influence global strategies to enhance the quality of life for this vulnerable population group.

  • The success of the PAX study: An example of coordination and efficiency in clinical research

    The PAX study consisted of a phase 2 clinical trial, randomized and double-blind, which prevented both the participant and the researcher from knowing which treatment the participant was receiving. This study has been one of the examples in which, thanks to the teamwork between the different departments of ScienHub Research Support and the good coordination of all parties involved, we have been able to meet the established deadlines and ensure good traceability of all data obtained.

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    ScienHub Research Support contributes to the development of HIPRA’s COVID-19 vaccine in the EU

    ScienHub Research Support has played a key role in the clinical trials for the development of HIPRA’s vaccine, the first recombinant protein bivalent COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the European Union, ScienHub CTU has coordinated the implementation of the trials at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital site and has been the CRO responsable for the monitoring of one of HIPRA’s trials (RBDCOV project).

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    A community screening in Metropolitana Nord reveals a high prevalence of schistosomiasis

    In a community screening study conducted in Metropolitana Nord Area, ScienHub Research Support team has played a crucial role supporting the on-site implementation coordination, providing support with the study documentation and authorities submission, and conducting the study monitoring visits. The results indicate that schistosomiasis is a common and underdiagnosed infection in the exposed population, with serious complications affecting the quality of life of those infected.

    These findings underscores the need for healthcare policies to incorporate screening for this infection to enable early diagnosis and treatment, which could prevent complications and improve the quality of life for those affected.

  • Project HOLA: A new, more accessible and convenient treatment for people with HIV

    The HOLA study will be offering a new intramuscular injectable medication every two months (Cabotegravir LA + Rilpivirine LA), at Primary Care Centers (CAP) and Community Centers.

    The combination of Long-Acting Cabotegravir and Rilpivirine is the first injectable treatment for HIV to be approved in Spain, whose main importance resides in that it drastically reduces the frequency of administration in comparison with other available treatments, from daily to every two months. However, since its recent approval in Spain, this medication was only available in hospitals. ScienHub and the Fight Infections Foundation team are collaborating on the HOLA study, which gives now people living with HIV the opportunity to benefit from this treatment with more convenient and accessible options at the Checkpoint Community Center and Dr. Robert CAP. Furthermore, this is a multicenter study and involves healthcare centers located in Andalusia.

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