The first metabolomics center in Colombia was inaugurated

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Metabolomics center: Met Core

Alejandro Gaviria, president of the Universidad de los Andes cutting the ribbon
Alejandro Gaviria, president of the Universidad de los Andes cutting the ribbon at the metabolomics center: Met Core
Partners of the strategic alliance between the Universidad del Rosario, the Universidad Javeriana, Agrosavia, the Universidad de los Andes, and Agilent
From left to right: Hugo Rodríguez, the managing director of Marketing Agilent Technologies; Jorge Humberto Peláez Piedrahíta, president of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; Alejandro Gaviria, President of the Universidad de los Andes; Stéphanie Lavaux, Associate Dean of the Universidad del Rosario; Mario Díaz, executive director of Agrosavia; and Silvia Restrepo, Associate Dean of Research and Creation at the Universidad de los Andes.
People at the metabolomics center
Mónica Cala, director of Met Core, guides the tour around the center.
Person sticking the partner institution's logos

Jorge Peláez, president of the Universidad Javeriana, and Hugo Rodríguez from Agilent Technologies look at the partner institution’s logos.

 Image of the metabolomics laboratory
Alejandro Gaviria, president of the Universidad de los Andes cutting the ribbon
Partners of the strategic alliance between the Universidad del Rosario, the Universidad Javeriana, Agrosavia, the Universidad de los Andes, and Agilent
People at the metabolomics center
Person sticking the partner institution's logos
23/10/2019
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The word metabolomics frightens many, and for others it is just difficult to pronounce. However, the simplification of this great potential comes from the technology that analyzes lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, as well as other substances we know as metabolites and consume in our food on a daily basis. Through analyzing these metabolites, we can obtain scientific evidence for studies on medicines, foods, products, and agricultural and medical practices. Met Core, the first metabolomics center to be inaugurated in the country, has the ability to carry out these analyses.

“Metabolomics allows us to study how environmental and biological factors affect an organism in a given condition. In other words, we can find out how genes, lifestyle, diet, nutrition, exercise, or a condition that we want to study may produce an affect”, explains Mónica Cala, director of the metabolomics center: Met Core.

Met Core’s objective is to facilitate and promote research in the country through collaboration with research and experimentation projects in metabolomics. The center will provide services in areas relating to health, agriculture, and biotechnology. It will also host a training component.

The center was founded thanks to a strategic alliance between the Universidad del Rosario, the Universidad Javeriana, Agrosavia, the Universidad de los Andes, and Agilent. Silvia Restrepo, Associate Dean for Research and Creation, claimed it was an interesting process and each institution collaborated in different ways.

The center was inaugurated on July 31 in the Universidad de los Andes. The representatives from the partner institutions were in attendance as well as scientists from different fields, who will work on future research.
 
Some bought computers, others contributed economically or would buy computers cooperatively in the future; everyone contributed in some way
Silvia Restrepo
Vice-President

The laboratory’s potential



Coral Barbas, director of the Center of Metabolomics and Bioanalysis at the Universidad San Pablo CEU of Madrid, and the person who provided constant guidance when Met Core was being set up, highlights the Center’s potential. She sees many opportunities in areas such as bioanalysis and medicine, as in these areas you can find biomarkers for diseases that do not have one for their diagnosis. She also adds that there are many diseases that can only be determined because of their symptoms, and metabolomics could help diagnose them.

Coral Barbas, director of the Center of Metabolomics and Bioanalysis at the Universidad San Pablo CEU of Madrid
For professor Barbas, metabolomics is useful in every field in which research is carried out on a biological sample. For example, in cancer treatment, instead of measuring the size of the tumor (an indirect method) it is possible to measure a specific compound in the blood, which represents the value of the efficiency of a medicine.

“This center could allow a breakthrough in research at the Universidad de los Andes and in all the other collaborating universities as well as in Colombia as a country as I am sure that it will be a center for international research” adds professor Barbas.
 

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