Various media have echoed the appointment of Montserrat Vendrell as director of the recently formed Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). The board of the institute has unanimously chosen Vendrell, who will assume its leadership in September. The Barcelona Institute comprises IRB Barcelona, CRG, ICIQ, ICN2, ICFO and IFAE.
The newspaper “El Periódico de Catalunya” has echoed the award ceremony of the 77 grants given by the “Obra Social La Caixa” foundation to support doctoral students. This grant programme aims to retain Spanish students and attract international students with talent for research, both for Spanish universities and Severo Ochoa centres. In this edition, IRB Barcelona students Jürgen Walther, Craig Donoghue, Elzbieta Szulc, and Lada Murcia received these awards.
In an extensive interview for the “Expansión” newspaper, Joan Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, emphasizes the high competitiveness of research centres in Catalonia and the importance of bringing science closer to society. According to Guinovart, research centres must generate knowledge to improve quality of life led by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The article draws special attention to the scientific training activities organised by IRB Barcelona.
The trilingual magazine of the city of Barcelona, Barcelona Metropolis, dedicates its leading article and an extensive report to the biomedicine conducted in Barcelona. Various articles in this edition address topics related to this discipline, ranging from biomedicine as a business model and associated research fields, such as biomedical chemistry or big data, to key institutions such as the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA).
IRB Barcelona is well represented in the magazine, with references and statements by Joan Guinovart, director of the institute, Patrick Aloy, Eduard Batlle, Natàlia Carulla, Ernest Giralt, Modesto Orozco, and Xavier Salvatella,...
The ARA newspaper, like many other communication media, has published an article on the creation of The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology. This initiative involves the collaboration of six leading research centres in Catalonia—CRG, ICIQ, ICN2, ICFO, IFAE and IRB Barcelona—, 5 internationally renowned scientists, 5 foundations, and the Government of Catalonia. As of September, this new institute will work to promote common strategies for research, technology transfer, and postgraduate training.
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“El País” newspaper has published an article on the Barcelona BioMed Conference “Drosophila as a model in cancer”. It includes statements made by Marco Milán, ICREA researcher and head of the Development and Growth Control Laboratory, and Cayetano González, ICREA researcher and head of the Cell Division Laboratory, both at IRB Barcelona and co-organizers of this scientific meeting, which is supported by the BBVA Foundation.
The article highlights the project presented by Ross Cagan, director of the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapeutics at Mount Sinai Hospital (United States), which uses flies that have the same tumours as those found in human patients to design personalized...
Various media have echoed the news about the Barcelona BioMed Conference on the use of the fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model to study cancer. Organised by IRB Barcelona with the support of the BBVA Foundation, the meeting will take place from 15 to 17 June in Barcelona. Marco Milán, ICREA researcher and head of the Development and Growth Control Laboratory, and Cayetano González, ICREA researcher and head of the Cell Division Laboratory, both at IRB Barcelona, have selected the 23 speakers who will participate in the conference.
Marta Ciércoles and Xavier Aguilar write an extensive report, published in “Presència”, the Sunday supplement of “El Punt Avui” newspaper, on the current position of biomedical research in Catalonia. Directors of the main research centres, among them Joan Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, review the progress made in both basic research centres and hospitals and reflect on the future of these types of institutes, which will necessarily involve greater collaboration.
ABC newspaper has echoed the participation of a Catalan delegation at the Bio International Convention, the most important biotech fair worldwide, which is taking place from 15 to 18 June in Philadelphia (United States). Organised by Biocat, the Catalan delegation, includes 37 companies and institutions, including IRB Barcelona. Cristina Horcajada, head of the Innovation Department, will be participating in the fair in representation of the institute.
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“La Vanguardia” newspaper has published an article on a grant given by the Worldwide Cancer Research to the project presented by Roger Gomis, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Growth Control and Cancer Metastasis group at IRB Barcelona. Lasting three years, the award-winning project aims to study the mechanisms behind the latent state of breast cancer metastasis.
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