All biomedical research centres should have a lab devoted to understanding life. How did life come about? How did it evolve? How does it work?
Nature is constantly evolving—its limits determined only by variations that threaten the viability of species.
Director of IRB Barcelona, Joan Guinovart, was among the hundred innovators and inventors gathered in the second Kinnernet gathering in Catalonia.
Motherboard -Vice Media channel
Broad international and national coverage of the study on the evolution of the genetic code published in Science Advances by Lluís Ribas, ICREA professor at IRB Barcelona.
Diario de Sevilla
The Diario de Sevilla publishes an interview with Joan J. Guinovart, director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). The scientist explains that scientific research needs not only more funding but also greater flexibility with respect to the regulations governing it and greater support from society. In addition, he comments on applying science to
«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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«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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Felice Alessio Bava
former 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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«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.»
Quick facts about IRB
IRB Barcelona has been awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" logo. This recognition reflects the commitment of the Institute to continuously improving its human resources policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The award confirms the efforts of the Institute to ensure fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures. Click here for more information.
IRB Barcelona is home to nearly 450 research, technical and support staff from 35 countries who share the common goal of contributing to the advancement of the biomedical sciences through investigator–driven research, and improving quality of life by applying advances in this field.
The convergence of biology, chemistry, and structural and computational biology is unique at IRB Barcelona and opens a strategic window to gain insight into basic molecular processes in health and disease.
Research is conducted by 23 groups organized into 5 interdisciplinary programmes. Each programme includes a diverse faculty of researchers with overlapping scientific interests. The research areas have been structured to be highly interactive, fostering multidisciplinarity by combining modern molecular biology, classical genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, advanced microscopy, and genomic and proteomic approaches.