SINC has published an interview with Joan Massagué, president of the Scientific Committee at IRB Barcelona and director of the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York, in which he comments on metastasis: "Most are annihilated by the immune system, but others mock the defenses, they manage to nest and over time they can grow. That's the metastasis: it's an exception, something that did not have to happen. Metastasis is like a criminal. That in a society there is delinquency does not mean that all people are delinquents ".
Link to Agencia SINC
La Vanguardia reports on a recent study published by Marco Milán’s lab in the journal Developmental Cell. On the basis of their findings in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), the scientists have concluded that the chromosomal instability characteristic of tumours can promote invasive behaviour in cancer.
Link to La Vanguardia: Demuestran que la inestabilidad cromosómica de tumores promueve la metástasis (in Spanish)
The digital newspaper Público and other media have echoed a study headed by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and involving researchers from the Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Programme at IRB Barcelona that offers a promising advance towards a treatment for Parkinson’s disease,.
Published in the journal PNAS, the study has revealed that a small molecule, called SynuClean-D, disrupts the formation of amyloid fibers of alpha-synuclein—the process that triggers the development of Parkinson’s disease—and reverses the neurodegeneration that ensues.
Jesús Garcia, Salvador Guardiola, Ernest Giralt and Xavier Salvatella are among...
Almost one in every four people living in Barcelona was born abroad. They have come to the city to study, to work, for love, and to seek refuge. The newspaper ARA has interviewed some of these people to find out what they think of the city, among them Camille Stephan-Otto Attolini, head of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Facility at IRB Barcelona.
Link to ARA newspaper: Com veuen la ciutat barcelonis arribats d'arreu
The economic newpaper Expansión reports on the 20th anniversary of the Barcelona Science Park (Parque Científico de Barcelona (PCB). In the article, it mentions that, in addition to hosting biomedical start-ups like Oryzon Genomics, PaloBiofarma, Som Biotech and Kymos Pharma, it is also home to prestigious organisations such as the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), the Instituto de Biología Molecular de Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC), and large companies linked to innovation, such as Esteve and Grupo Ordesa.
"This combination of organisations on the same site makes the PCB unique," explains the director of the PCB, Maria Terrades. "...
It is estimated that around 400,000 people in Catalonia have a rare disease. In Spain this figure reaches 3 million and in Europe 30 million. In spite of the number of people affected, rare diseases have little visibility. Although promising breakthroughs have been made, these diseases are usually chronic, weakening, and multisystem disorders.
The programme “El Balcó” broadcasted by the radio station Cadena Ser devoted its section called "L'estat de las coses" to rare diseases. They invited Francesc Palau, paediatrician at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, Isabel Gemio, president of the Fundación Isabel Gemio, and Joan J. Guinovart,...
The newspaper “La Opinión de Zamora” has published an article devoted to breast cancer, one of the tumours most widely diagnosed in women in Spain and one of the most lethal.
The newspaper is organising a conference on breast cancer on 18 October, to which Angel R. Nebreda, ICREA researcher at IRBBarcelona, has been invited. The scientist will explain the breakthroughs achieved in basic research that can contribute to personalised treatments. Recently, Nebreda’s lab published a paper in the journal Cancer Cell reporting on a mechanism that prevents tumour cells...
El Punt Avui and La Vanguardia have published an article about the European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept grants. Five of them were given to centres belonging to the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), two corresponding to researchers Eduard Batlle and Angel R. Nebreda at IRB Barcelona.
Link to La Vanguardia: España, líder en la última convocatoria de ciencia europea (in Spanish)
Link to El Punt Avui:...
El País newspaper has published an article about the communication campaign of "Legado Solidario", an initiative launched on the International Legacy Day that brings together 25 non-profit organisations, amongst them the IRB Barcelona, and that aims to inform and encourage citizens to make a donation in a will to a charitable cause.
Link to El País: Cómo donar parte de tu herencia a una ONG (in Spanish)
Link to the IRB Barceloan news: a la noticia del IRB Barcelona:...
The magazine Cambio 16 has wrote an article on the 20 projects that the "la Caixa" Foundation has awarded to promote excellence in the fight against diseases that have a big impact in the world. One of these projects is the "Metastasis Cell Fate Mapping" by Roger Gomis, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, who will develop strategies to compensate for the effect of mutations that influence the progression of breast cancer in order to find new treatments.