Monthly Archives: February 2019

VioBio Lab participates in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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The VioBio Lab (Instituto de Óptica, CSIC) has joined the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (commemorated on February 11th), which seeks to make visible the work of women scientists and promote new scientific vocations in girls.

Gadea Ciencia Foundation organized the round table “Women and Science” with Prof. Susana Marcos, María Blasco and Clara Benedí as invited speakers. During the debate they pointed the importance of a better education from an early age to change stereotypes and the need to normalize the presence of women in certain areas and careers. More information about the event in the next links:

Susana Marcos also attended the opening event of Women and Girls in Science’s Week organized by the Government of the Principality of Asturias and CSIC. The event also included the presentation of The periodic table of women scientists.

With the objective of showing feminine references in science, during two weeks CSIC has organized more than 200 activities throughout Spain. One of the multiple initiatives to celebrate this day, was to release videos of top researchers talking about their careers and why they became scientists. Here is the video featuring Susana Marcos and Carlos Dorronsoro. Finally, visitors to CSIC campus in Madrid will find new banners showcasting prestigious women scientists, including Susana Marcos. More information on all these initiatives can be found in the next article.

Extraordinary impact of Press Conference on SimVis on television and media

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CSIC and VioBio Lab have presented the validation and launch of SimVis, a simultaneous vision simulator, in a press conference that took place yesterday at CSIC (Calle Serrano 113, Madrid). 

For the first time, patients who undergo cataract surgery will be able to experience how they will improve their vision after the surgery. Thanks to this portable simulator, developed by researchers from the VioBio Lab (CSIC), patients and surgeons have the possibility of seeing the effects of an intraocular multifocal lens realistically before the implantation. Details on the validation of this new device are published in the latest issue of Scientific Reports (Nature).

The technology has led to four patents (one of them received the Best Patent of the Year Award from the Madrid+d Foundation) licensed to 2EyesVision SL, a spin-off company from CSIC, funded, among others, by several of the researchers involved in the development of SimVis. 

“Visual simulators are an ideal technique to provide patients with a realistic experience of multifocality before the implantation of an intraocular lens. In addition, since the device has been reduced in size and has a more practical design than those currently in the market, the benefits multiply, ” Prof. Marcos concluded during the press conference. 

More information about the press conference in the following links: 

First validation of the simulation of commercial intraocular lenses by SimVis, published in Scientific Reports


Multifocal intraocular lenses are used to provide patients to functional vision at various distances. In a recent paper published in Scientific Reports we demostrated the equivalency of through focus visual acuity with real lenses (a bifocal refractive IOL and a trifocal diffractive IOL) and the same lenses simulated in a Spatial Light Modulator and SimVis technology (temporal multiplexing).

Full citation: Maria Vinas, Clara Benedi-Garcia, Sara Aissati, Daniel Pascual, Vyas Akondi, Carlos Dorronsoro & Susana Marcos. Visual simulators replicate vision with multifocal lenses. Scientific Reports 9, 1539 (2019).

Full article here.

CSIC Press release here.

Susana Marcos awarded eWoman Salamanca


Susana Marcos was awarded the Prize eWoman Salamanca for her professional career, in an event sponsored by CaixaBank, Prensa Iberica and La Gaceta de Salamanca. The event promoted the talent of women in technology.

Here you can find more information about the award and the ceremony


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