Student Sara Valiente, awarded for work that helps treat arrhythmias


Sara Valiente Jaén, recent graduate of the Biomedical Engineering degree, won the 2nd FENIN-SEIB award during the celebration of the annual conference of the Spanish Society of Biomedical Engineering (CASEIB), held at the end of November in Valladolid . Specifically, the award-winning work discusses the use of “Deep Learning” for the effective treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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Atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia that is treated with radiofrequency pulses (ablation). It is important to apply these pulses to the specific area.

The award-winning work aimed to “locate the mechanisms responsible for this arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation). We did this through a Deep Learning architecture. By locating certain “pilots” (elements that indicate the exact location of the arrhythmia), we provide the surgeon with the necessary information so that he can intervene in the exact place”, explains Sara Valiente Jaén.

The work is titled “Localization of Drivers in Atrial Fibrillation with LSTM Convolutional Networks” developed in the biomedical engineering group of the “Data Science and Signal Processing for Networks and Society” research group of ETSIT. Sara Valiente’s work was carried out under the direction of the School’s professors and researchers, Miguel Ángel Cámara Vázquez, Míriam Fernández Gutiérrez-Calvillo and Óscar Barquero Pérez, in collaboration with the ‘Cardiac Oriented Research (COR) Group’ of María S Guillem and Andreu M. Climent from UPV and start-up Corify Care SL

There are no data on real patients yet, but the work is important since it is essential to apply the impulses to the exact place, because “otherwise the arrhythmia is not well treated”, specifies the URJC graduate.

According to the Spanish Journal of Cardiology, “it is estimated that more than one million people suffer from atrial fibrillation. 90,000 of them are still undiagnosed.

An honor to represent the URJC

Sara Valiente was already aware of the existence of the FENIN-SEIB prize but it was thanks to her TFG tutor (the award-winning work), Professor Miguel Ángel Cámara, that she decided to apply after observing good results in his research. For Sara Valiente, “connecting with my university scene with this recognition is wonderful” and adds that “it is an honor to be able to speak about atrial fibrillation in a national congress. Representing all the work myself is a source of pride. It’s teamwork,” he says.

Currently, Sara Valiente is studying a Masters in Neuroengineering in Munich (Germany). In the future, he would like to devote himself to research and the technical part without losing sight of the human side of biomedicine and neuroscience.

The XL CASEIB in the city of Valladolid, brings together Spanish researchers in biomedical engineering every year, allowing the exchange of the latest advances, as well as the establishment of links between research groups, companies and clinical professionals. The CASEIB generally represents the first contact for young researchers, which is why it represents an incomparable framework for promoting all the work that is being developed in biomedical engineering.

The various competitions are particularly expected, including the FENIN-SEIB Awards competition for graduate students in biomedical engineering, coordinated by the Spanish Federation of Health Technology Companies (FENIN) and SEIB. Representatives of the 14 Spanish universities in which the degree in biomedical engineering is taught take part in this competition.

This prize continues the path of success started by the student Roberto Holgado Cuadrado, who won the 3rd prize in the 2020 edition of the Competition, also under the direction of Professor Óscar Barquero Pérez.

The participation of students and researchers in the CASEIB makes it possible to underline the quality of the studies of the URJC Biomedical Engineering, as well as the support of the prizes for the competitiveness of the work presented by the students of the biomedical engineering diploma of the URJC. URJC.

Pictured, fourth from left, is Sara Valiente

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