«Spark», a new public-private project created to develop a drug to fight the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia
A further step towards light-controlled drugs
Olga Torres Foundation grants funding to a project on colon cancer at IRB Barcelona
24 students start a year of fun activities in science in the new edition of “Crazy About Biomedicine”
Last year, a group of scientists at the Insititute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), IRB Barcelona and the University of Barcelona a
Postdoctoral researcher Raquel Batlle, member of the Signalling and Cell Cycle Laboratory led by Ángel Rodríguez Nebreda at IRB Barcelona, will conduct a project called “Contribution of p38 MAPK si
Tomorrow 17 January, 24 baccalaureate students participating in the year-long "Crazy About Biomedicine” (CAB) programme will begin to work shoulder to shoulder with scientists at IRB Barcelona.
“Magazine” puts the spotlight on how science is funded in Spain. It gathers the opinions of prominent figures in research, including those of Joan Guinovart, Roger Gomis and Elena Sancho, from IRB Barcelona, who draw attention to the relevance of research as an economic driver.
The “Diario Médico” newspaper interviews Joan Massagué, scientific director of the Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York and Chair of the External Advisory Board of IRB Barcelona. During the interview, Massagué talks about progress in controlling metastasis, the development of diagnostic indicators, and pharmacological innovations to treat cancer dissemination.
Radio 5 (RNE) interviews Meritxell Teixidó, associate researcher in the Peptide and Protein Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, about the line of investigation on substances capable of crossing the hematoencephalic barrier —a structure that protects the brain from infection. Teixidó talks about a new peptide that they have produced based on apamine, a peptide present in bee venom.
«Our study highlights the complexity of p38 functions, both in cancer and in the maintenance of normal tissues. It shows why an inhibitor of this molecule could effectively have undesirable side effects. But these do not exclude it from being a target against cancer.»
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«98% of the potential therapeutic molecules against diseases of the central nervous system cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. We develop peptides with the capacity to open the doors of the barrier and act as shuttles when attached to a therapeutic molecule.»
Felice Alessio Bava
ex PhD student in the Translational Control of Cell Cycle and Differentiation Lab
«We suspected that CPEB1, a protein involved in regulating mRNA translation in the cytoplasm, might also be active in the nucleus and play a role in controlling pre-mRNA processing. We discovered that it affects the alternative generation in the mature mRNA of the 3'-UTR, regions where most of the elements regulating translation in time and space are located.»
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«Controlling a biological process from outside is the future of chemistry and opens up promising roads for advancements in pharmacological research.»
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