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<p>Fayna M. García, IRB Barcelona Alumni</p>
3 Jan 2019

The Institute has signed a 5-year collaboration agreement to promote the exchange of faculty members and scientific collaboration with the Hokkaido University.

Institutional news
<p>Sofie Vanthournout, director of Sense About Science</p>
27 Dec 2018

IRB Barcelona hosts the workshop “Standing up for Science”, for young researchers interested in public outreach activities. 

Organised by the European organisation Sense About Science, the workshop involved more than 50 researchers, including members of IRB Barcelona, from various countries.

Scientific news
<p>Scheme of the intracellular processing of the 2shRNAs by the activity of Dicer enzyme, producing two independent fragments of shRNA, one against each target (M Terrazas, IRB Barcelona)</p>
21 Dec 2018

Modesto Orozco’s lab has published a paper in Chemical Communications about a therapeutic tool to prevent treatment resistance in breast cancer.

The tool has been tested in tumour cells in vitro and will now need to be tested in animal models before moving on to the development of a valid treatment for patients.

Institutional news
<p>The primary school Montserrat and IRB Barcelona have worked in a three-year project with a long-term educational impact</p>
7 Dec 2018

The Montserrat School, IRB Barcelona, and the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera take stock of their 3-year joint project that has brought about a change in the teaching method at this primary school.

Institutional news
<p>The 2019 “Recerca en Directe” fair will be held from 6-9 March at the CosmoCaixa</p>
4 Dec 2018

The Institute will be giving a workshop entitled “Deciphering the code of cancer”

Institutional news
27 Nov 2018

Coinciding with #GivingTuesday, today IRB Barcelona is launching its donation campaign for the forthcoming holiday season.

Basic research paves the way towards the medicine of the future. Donations made to research speed up discoveries

Institutional news
<p>Chinese researcher He Jiankui claims first gene-edited babies (image: AP)</p>
27 Nov 2018

The announcement made yesterday by the Chinese scientist He Jiankui that twins Lulu and Nana had been born after editing their DNA has brought about a storm of criticisms and generated alarm among the scientific community and society. (*Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies. Associated Press). The gene editing of embryos may become (or not) a reality in the future, but right now it is clearly premature.

The Chinese researcher He Jiankui has crossed all the red lines because before this technology can go any further, ethical issues...

Scientific news
<p>A invasive front of highly aggressive tumour cells (in green). Confocal microscopy image. Alexandra Avgustinova, IRB Barcelona.</p>
19 Nov 2018

A team headed by ICREA researchers Salvador Aznar Benitah and Fran Supek concludes that care should be taken with drugs that inhibit epigenetic factors.

Published in Nature Cell Biology, the study is a collaboration between a biomedical lab and a computational lab at IRB Barcelona.

Institutional news
<p>Fran Supek, head of the Genome Data Science group</p>
16 Nov 2018

Since 2017, the Croatian researcher has been leading a team of 10 scientists in the Genome Data Science lab.

With Supek’s new appointment, IRB Barcelona now has 14 ICREA researchers.

Scientific news
<p>Giant Yellow Israeli scorpion. Image: Ester Inbar</p>
14 Nov 2018

Researchers at IRB Barcelona modify chlorotoxin—a small protein present in scorpion venom with blood-brain barrier permeability—to transport drugs into the brain. 

The barrier, which protects the brain, prevents drugs used for the treatment of neurological diseases and brain tumours from entering the organ.