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<p>Source: COPE</p>
11 Jan 2019 - COPE

Cope, ABC, La Rioja, among other media, have published an article about the inscriptions to the IV Women's Race for Research from Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC). The resources obtained from this race will be used to finance two predoctoral grants at two institutions in La Rioja. Also, the project "Research on the impact of senescence influenced by inflammation as a therapy on cancer stem cells" led by Marta Kovatcheva, researcher at IRB Barcelona, will be financed.

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<p>Giant Yellow Israeli scorpion. Image: Ester Inbar</p>
8 Jan 2019 - Radio 5 (RNE)

RNE's "Inquietamente" programme has interviewed Meritxell Teixidó, IRB Barcelona research associate, about the study based on scorpion venom. "We saw that there was a peptide in the scorpion venom, chlorotoxin, which has the ability to reach the central nervous system and then act as toxin, "said Teixidó.

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<p>Quo magazine cover</p>
31 Dec 2018 - QUO

Quo magazine has published a report on the aesthetic treatments that people use to stay young. They mention, for example, Botox, red light masks, breast prostheses, among others. In the article, they include the statements of experts in the field of health and research and also mention the study performed by IRB Barcelona and CNAG-CRG on the aging of the skin caused by the loss of identity and function of the main cells of the dermis.


<p>A invasive front of highly aggressive tumour cells (in green). Confocal microscopy image. Alexandra Avgustinova, IRB Barcelona.</p>
28 Dec 2018 - Hidden Nature

The web Hidden Nature has published an article about the 10 investigations that they considered to be the most important ones published in 2018. One of them refers to epigenetic therapies and mentions research research that supports and rejects them. In this regard, they mention the study led by Salvador Aznar Benitah at IRB Barcelona and published in Nature Cell Biology. The study in question concludes that care must be taken with drugs that inhibit epigenetic factors as they could cause the appearance of aggressive tumours.

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<p>A invasive front of highly aggressive tumour cells (in green). Confocal microscopy image. Alexandra Avgustinova, IRB Barcelona.</p>
20 Dec 2018 -

The journal Biocentury Innovations has published an article on the study led by IRB Barcelona researchers Salvador Aznar Benitah and Fran Supek and first-authored by postdoctoral researcher Alexandra Avgustinova. The study has shown that increasing chromatin accessibility in cancer promotes tumour aggressiveness and does not reduce tumour mutation burden, as previously believed. The article refers to one of the main conclusions of the study, namely the need to evaluate the long-term effects of chromatin modifiers in tumour models before taking them into the clinic.


<p>Alexandra Avgustinova, postdoctoral fellow at IRB Barcelona</p>
18 Dec 2018 - Medical Research

Medical Research has interviewed Alexandra Avgustinova, postdoctoral fellow at IRB Barcelona, about a study published as first author in the journal Nature Cell Biology. In the interview she explains that they have demonstrated that the common belief that chromatin opening is one of the determinants of a number of DNA mutations is incorrect. This discovery, says Avgustinova, is important for the fields of oncology and cancer genomics. “We were surprised to see that this observation was interpreted as a causal association, as it was, to a great extent, based on correlative studies without any experimental support. We decided to experimentally test for the first time whether the alteration...

<p>Gabby Silberman, general director of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)</p>
13 Dec 2018 - La Vanguardia

La Vanguardia newspaper has published an opinion article by Gabby Silberman, general director of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), an organisation of which IRB Barcelona is a member. It is urgent for the government to increase public allocations for science to reach the European average of investment in R+D, 2.07% of GDP in 2017, compared to a low 1.2% in Spain. Silberman also emphasizes the great value that doctorate people have in science for society and how BIST centers look after them to train them during their doctorate and postdoctoral studies with a wide range of abilities. "We are redirecting our postdoctoral training programmes, because we are sure that...

<p>Antonio Zorzano, head of the Complex Metabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Lab</p>
11 Dec 2018 - El Pais

The newspaper El País has published an article on the pros and cons of intermittent fasting. The article refers to two kinds of fasting, namely the 5:2 fast, on which you can eat with no calorie restriction for five days and on the other two days no solids are allowed, and the 18:6 fast, which proposes that all the meals of the day are eaten within 6 hours, while the remaining 18 are devoted to fasting. The article includes the opinion of IRB Barcelona researcher Antonio Zorzano, who says, "I have still not seen this reflected in studies, but we must err on the side of caution before telling  people that they can do these diets ", and goes on to conclude that people on such diets should...

<p>Teresa Tarragó. Image: El Periódico</p>
7 Dec 2018 -

Expansión, El Periódico de Catalunya and Diario de Córdoba, among other media, have published articles about the biotechnologist Iproteos, a company created in 2011 by the scientists Teresa Tarragó and Ernest Giralt and based on the transfer of a technology developed atIRB Barcelona and the University of Barcelona (UB). The company has launched a project to develop a therapeutic strategy, designed by IBEC, to treat solid tumours, which account for 90-95% of cancer cases.

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<p>Image: SINC</p>

SINC, El Público, Catalunya Vanguardista and the newspaper Heraldo de Aragón, have published an article about the process and conditions that triggers cancer according to a study published in the journal Science that raises new theories about aging. The article includes the opinion of Salvador Aznar Benitah, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, about the study: "it is a very well done piece of work, with a very sophisticated analysis. We tend to think that the tumour tissue has mutations and the healthy one does not, but that is not the case. Healthy tissue can accumulate changes and appear normal, but it is no longer a normal tissue. "

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