In the media

<p>Manuel Serrano, researcher at IRB Barcelona</p>
6 Mar 2020 -

The programme “El Balcó” broadcasted by the radio channel Cadena Ser has interviewed Manuel Serrano, ICREA researcher and head of the Cell Plasticity and Disease Lab at IRB Barcelona. The interview was about regenerative medicine, a kind of medicine that attempts to understand tissue regeneration mechanisms.  “The regenerative process is well described and it is known what happens. But there is little information about the mechanisms, genes and proteins involved,” says Serrano The researcher insists that “it is necessary to understand the process at the molecular level and to be able to manipulate it via pharmacological means. In processes involving defective repair, this...

<p>From left to right Silvia Benaiges, Jordi Ballart (Mayor of Terrassa) and Llorenç (Suma tu corazón)</p>
5 Mar 2020 -

Various media have reported on the presentation of the charity concert “Suma tu corazón”, which will be held in Terrassa on 20 March.  In 2019, IRB Barcelona launched its Metastasis Challenge” campaign. In the press conference, Sílvia Benaiges, head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communication at IRB Barcelona, explained that the objective of this campaign “is to create a social movement that involves everyone” and that supports research into cancer and metastasis.

The “Metastasis Challenge” is also backed by the initiatives of individual members of the public, the fundraising concert “Suma tu corazón” being an example. The bands Sa Parranda, the  Combo Aula de Música de Terrassa,...

<p>Manuel Serrano, researcher at IRB Barcelona</p>
4 Mar 2020 -

The journal The Scientist has published an interview with Manuel Serrano, ICREA researcher and head of the Cell Plasticity and Disease Lab at IRB Barcelona, about studies into cell aging done in recent years. In the 1950s, the scientist Leonard Hayflick did a series of studies in which he demonstrated that cells enter what is known as a “senescent” state. Initially, the scientific community rejected this concept, considering it irrelevant for living organisms. However, work done in later decades by researchers like Manuel Serrano has revealed the importance of cell senescence.  Serrano has observed that when cells are exposed to stress stimuli that would normally lead to some...

<p>Gloria Pascual, researcher at IRB Barcelona</p>
3 Mar 2020 -

EFE Salud’s radio programme El Bisturí has interviewed Gloria Pascual, researcher with IRB Barcelona’s Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), in relation to research by Joan Massagué, Director of the Sloan Kettering Institute, co-founder of IRB Barcelona and current Chair of its External Advisory Board. The study in question describes the origin of metastasis, a process by which cells leave the primary tumour, invade vital organs and seed a new tumour. Metastasis is responsible for 90% of cancer deaths.

The main goal of the research into this field is to discover new therapeutic targets specifically...

<p>Jordi Durán, researcher with the Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab at IRB Barcelona</p>
26 Feb 2020 -

Betevé TV’s “Notícies Vespre” (Evening News) has broadcasted an interview with Jordi Durán, researcher with the Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab at IRB Barcelona, about research into rare diseases. 

This lab carries out research into Lafora disease, a genetic neurodegenerative disorder. “The aim of this work is to explain why neurons degenerate and die. What happens is that glucose, a cellular product accumulates, and this causes the neurons to progressively die, causing neurodegeneration,” says Durán. 

Of note, all these discoveries being made about rare diseases can be extrapolated to more common diseases.

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<p>Meritxell Teixidó, researcher at Design, Synthesis and Peptide and Protein Structure Lab at IRB Barcelona</p>
13 Feb 2020 -

The programme Eth Maitin d’Aran, broadcasted by Catalunya Ràdio, has interviewed Meritxell Teixidó, research associate with the Design, Synthesis and Peptide and Protein Structure Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Teixidó participated in this programme before giving a talk to students at the Instituto Pont de Suert. “Girls may know of a famous female scientist but don´t perceive a scientific career as something within their possibilities.  The opportunity to meet someone who comes to your school and explains it directly to them makes this career path an option for them,” says...

<p>Researchers of the Biomedical Genomics Laboratory</p>
6 Feb 2020 -

Various media channels have reported on the Pan-Cancer Project, which has involved the Biomedical Genomics Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). 

The journal Nature has published a set of 23 articles that describe the most comprehensive genomic map of 38 types of cancer to date.  “It’s the first time that the complete genomes of tumours has been sequenced,” says Abel González, researcher in IRB Barcelona’s Biomedical Genomics Lab.

SER radio station has also interviewed Núria López-Bigas, head of the aforementioned lab. The researcher explains that one of the conclusions of the study is that “cancer is a genetic disease—a disease caused by gene...

<p>Roger Gomis, head of the Growth Control and Metastasis Lab at IRB Barcelona</p>
4 Feb 2020 -

To mark World Cancer Day, the programme El Matí de Barcelona Betevé broadcasted by Radio Barcelona has interviewed Roger Gomis, ICREA Researcher and head of the Growth Control and Metastasis Lab at IRB Barcelona. During the interview, he talked about metastasis, the process by which a tumour spreads to the rest of the body, allowing cancer cells to adapt to new environments “What we are focusing on in our lab is precisely how this cell adaptation and plasticity comes about,” says Gomis.  

In addition, the Agencia SINC and newspaper eldiario.es have published an interview with Eduard Batlle, ICREA Researcher and head of the Colorectal Cancer Lab at IRB Barcelona...

<p>Núria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona, at the presentation ceremony of the ‘Doctores Diz Pintado’ National Cancer Prize</p>
29 Jan 2020 -

Several media have reported on the presentation ceremony of the ‘Doctores Diz Pintado’ National Cancer Prize, in which Núria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona, received her award. During the event, López-Bigas called for all political parties to sign "a national pact for science involving long-term decisions". 

According to the scientist, "Governments are in power for short period of time, 4 years at the most, but science is a long-term national and social investment and it must not be conditioned by which party is governing or if we have new elections”.

 

 

 

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<p>Núria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona</p>
27 Jan 2020 -

The newspapers La Gaceta de Salamanca and Tribuna Universitaria have interviewed Núria López-Bigas, ICREA researcher and head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), on the occasion of the award of the “Doctores Diz Pintado” Prize, which she will receive in person on 28 January.  López-Bigas is the first female scientist to be presented with this prize. Referring to this point, the researcher says, “It is an honour to receive the prize. Being the first woman to do so highlights just how much work has to be done to achieve equality with respect to appraisement and visibility”.