In an interview on the programme “Valencia en la Onda”, presented by Mª Paz Fernández on Radio Onda Cero, Meritxell Teixidó, research associate at IRB Barcelona, talks about his research at the Design, Synthesis and Structure of Peptides and Proteins Laboratory.
During the interview, Teixidó explains the Lab's work on transforming a protein from bee venom into a tool that helps treatments get inside the brain and can be applied to treat central nervous system diseases.
Several media have echoed research by IRB Barcelona researcher Travis H. Stracker on the key role of the TLK2 gene for the development of the placenta and for embryo viability in mice.
Published in the journal Cell Death and Differentiation, this finding may be of biomedical relevance. A recent massive genomics study of people with intellectual disabilities performed in the Netherlands points to TLK2 mutations in this population.
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The Nigerian website "24Hours Naija News" devotes a report to the use of insects such as termites and grasshoppers in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV).
The article includes a reference to the research on the use of wasp venom as a strategy to kill cancer cells selectively lead by Ernest Giralt, head of the Design, Synthesis and Structure of Peptides and Proteins Lab at IRB Barcelona.
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The magazine Quo devotes an extensive report to eating habits and nutritional knowledge, including information on fats found in food.
The report also includes an interview with Salvador Aznar Benitah, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, about his study on the relationship between fat and metastasis (cancer spread), published in Nature. The first author of this study is Gloria Pascual.
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The summer edition of the magazine of the Associació Catalana d'Entitats de Salut (ACES) includes an interview with IRB Barcelona director Joan J. Guinovart, in which he goes over his career and his work as head of the Institute, with a special focus on the research context in Catalonia.
During the interview, Joan J. Guinovart stresses the importance of awareness regarding disease prevention: "Educating the public about health is an important step towards responsibility and it is an element that should be part of strategies seeking to promote a more preventive medicine."
He also talks about the possibility of having a Nobel Prize winner in the field of science: "Things...
The Bulgarian news website Nauka Offnews, among other media outlets, has echoed on the study performed by IRB Barcelona scientists on glycogen synthesis and high glycogen levels in mice.
Published in Cell Metabolism, this work has found that glycogen synthesis does not require a protein called glycogenin, and that high glycogen levels actually impair the performance of muscle during endurance exercise.
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The blog site of the real estate agency ShBarcelona, which offers city guide around Barcelona, devotes a report to IRB Barcelona.
The article highlights the activities undertaken by the Institute in the field of biomedical research and aimed at improving the quality of people’s life. It also mentions the training initiatives and the scientific events that take place in the centre.
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La Razón devotes an article to the research performed by Manuel Serrano at IRB Barcelona’s Cellular Plasticity and Disease laboratory, promoted by the ICREA programme and the Obra Social "la Caixa".
"Our goal is to find experimental compounds that have the capacity to kill the damaged cells that are generated in everyone and that, beyond a given a level, can lead to disease," explains Manuel Serrano. And he adds, "nowadays there are compounds capable of killing damaged cells while causing minimal deterioration of healthy cells”.
Radio 5 (RNE) interviews Marc Claret, head of the Neuronal Metabolism Control Group at the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute – IDIBAPS, on the occasion of his recent study on the connection between the hypothalamus and pancreas.
Published in Cell Metabolism, this work is co-authored by Antonio Zorzano, group leader of the Complex Metabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, and Marc Claret.
The study reveals the connection between POMC neurons in the hypothalamus and insulin release by the pancreas and describes new molecular mechanisms involved in this process, thereby contributing to a greater understanding of diabetes. "This discovery...
The newspaper “El Periódico” has published an article about the campaign to host the new headquarters of the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) after Brexit.
The article echoes the opinion of several leading figures, including IRB Barcelona director Joan J. Guinovart. "The presence of the EMA would turn Barcelona into a tremendous great focus on well-being and wealth for the whole of Europe," he stresses.
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