ICREA research professor Eduard Batlle is featured in the “Meet Our Scientists” video entitled “Deconstructing colon cancer”.
The video presents IRB Barcelona's Colorectal Cancer Laboratory research, which is devoted to understanding the behaviour of colon tumours and propose new cures for patients.
“In science, very often we get lost in a forest of preconceived ideas that prevent us from advancing and finding the right way,” states ICREA research professor Eduard Batlle (Barcelona, 1970) in the tenth video of the series “Meet Our Scientists”, entitled “Deconstructing colon cancer”. He adds, “in the laboratory, what we like most is to explore new frontiers, and this is obviously a great challenge. We have hundreds of ideas, but we need to focus and address only those that are possible.”
“Deconstructing colon cancer” presents the work performed by Eduard Batlle, group leader of the Colorectal Cancer Laboratory at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), on the study of stem cell biology in relation to the initiation of colorectal cancer.
His research aims to understand the biology of cancer stem cells, to find ways to track these cells in tumours and to understand what their roles are during disease progression, and during resistance to therapy. “We also would like to understand how to therapeutically target these cells to be able to provide new cures to patients with advanced disease,” stresses Batlle.
Lately, the Colorectal Cancer Laboratory has been interested in the phenomenon of metastasis—how colorectal cancer spreads to other organs. “What we have learned is that it is a largely process that is not autonomous to cells, which means that the cancer cells by themselves can not generate metastasis but rather they have to learn to communicate with other cells of the body so that they can spread to foreign organs”, explains Batlle.
By understanding the precise communication between the different cell types of the tumour, Batlle’s laboratory will be able to envision new ways to treat and to diagnose colorectal cancer patients.
Watch the video “Deconstructing colon cancer” (Subtitles available in Spanish, Catalan and English).
“Meet Our Scientists” comprises a series of short videos that present several of IRB Barcelona's leading scientists. The videos seek to show the insight, passion, character and talent of the researchers that work at the centre.