Various media, including El Mundo, have echoed the European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI) international congress, which has gathered leading experts in microscopy this week in Sitges. As stated by the co-organizers of the congress, Julien Colombelli—manager of the Advanced Digital Microscopy group at IRB Barcelona—and Timo Zimmermann—from CRG—, this event aims to further progress in this research field.
Cristina Sáez, a journalist specialised in science, wrote this long article on Alzheimer’s disease, published in The Magazine of La Vanguardia. The article includes statements, among others, of various scientists specialised in this disease, including Natàlia Carulla, Ramón y Cajal associate researcher in the Peptide and Protein Laboratory, and Patrick Aloy, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Laboratory, at IRB Barcelona.
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Various Catalan media have echoed the presentation of the fourth “Vi per Vida” (“Wine for Life” in English) charity event, an initiative of renowned sommelier Xavier Ayala. This event will take place on Saturday 23 May in Mollerussa, Ayala’s hometown. The proceeds of this activity will once again be devoted to research in cancer and metastasis conducted at IRB Barcelona. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the website www.enoticket.com.
In an article about a study that links changes in the activity of the immune system to seasons, La Vanguardia includes statements made by Salvador Aznar-Benitah, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Stem Cells and Cancer group at IRB Barcelona. Aznar-Benitah, who did not participate in said study, considers its results as “extremely interesting because they tell us not so much that our immune system responds to environmental stimuli, but, as in the case of stem cells, that it prepares itself in advance".
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Joan Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, answers the “Big Vang Questionnaire” of La Vanguardia newspaper. Guinovart responds with deftness to about thirty questions about his personal and professional life. Five minutes of reading that bring us closer to the figure of a scientist who “has been a tireless campaigner who has lobbied successive governments for the past three decades to get them to support research”, as described by the journalist Josep Corbella.
Read the interview in La Vanguardia (in Spanish)
The magazine Science News has published an article on the technique developed by Hans Clevers, from the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht (the Netherlands), which allows the development of mini-intestines from colon cancer tissue samples. In the article, Eduard Batlle, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Colorectal Cancer Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, welcomes this technique, which has recently been used by this laboratory to study the relationship between the alterations caused by colon cancer in healthy cells surrounding tissues (called stroma) and the probability of developing subsequent metastasis. These results were published in Nature Genetics.
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Various media have published the discovery made by the team led by Ferran Azorín, group leader at IRB Barcelona and CSIC research professor, and recently published in the journal Nature Communications. This laboratory has found that the dDsk2 protein, in addition to degrading proteins, also plays a key role in regulating gene expression. Ferran Azorín’s group will start a study on the relationship between dDsk2 mutations and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Various media, including BTV television, have covered news of the first IRB Barcelona Open Day, attended by nearly 600 people. The media have commented on the enthusiasm of the visitors and statements made by Joan Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, who expressed his appreciation of the interest shown in this event and the public response to the programme of activities organised.
Watch the video on BTV News (1:11 minutes, in Catalan)
The newspapers ABC and La Vanguardia have reported on the first Open Day at IRB Barcelona, to be held on Saturday 18 April. This event, which will be visited by 600 people, has been organized following the success of the crowdfunding campaign through a dance video featuring IRB Barcelona researchers, and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the centre. Meritxell Teixidó, Antonio Zorzano, and Salvador Aznar-Benitah, scientists working in various IRB Barcelona laboratories, will give informative talks on their fields of research —cancer and metastasis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, respectively. These will be followed by...
“Diario Médico” has published an article coinciding with International Pompe Day about the campaign “Investigar salva vidas” (Research saves lives), launched by the “Asociación Española de Enfermos de Glucogenosis” (AEEG) in collaboration with sport clubs throughout Spain. The aim of this campaign is to co-fund a research project on this rare condition, which will be carried out by the team headed by Joan Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona.
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