Institutional News

<p>Eduard Batlle, Carmen and Severo Ochoa Prize 2016</p>
15 Nov 2016

He is awarded this prize for his work on colon cancer

This prestigious prize is given in recognition of molecular biology research performed by scientists working in Spain

<p>IRB Barcelona PhD students Gemma Turon, Gianmarco di Mauro and Sanja Zivanovic are members of the  Scientific Organizing Comitee of the fisrt ENABLE symposium (Battista/Minocri, IRB Barcelona)</p>
10 Nov 2016

To foster the next generation of scientific leaders, IRB Barcelona kicks off the international symposium series ENABLE, part of the Horizon 2020 Programme, for young researchers working in the Life Sciences.

Involving scientific debates, career sessions, and outreach activities, these 3-day symposia are jointly coordinated by young students from four European centres.

After first event in Barcelona in 2017, the ENABLE symposia will be held in Copenhagen in 2018, Nijmegen in 2019, and Milan in 2020.

<p>"La Marató" (telethon) has awarded two IRB Barcelona research projects in diabetes and obesity</p>
3 Nov 2016

Antonio Zorzano and Joan J. Guinovart are among the 34 projects awarded by the  2015 La Marató (telethon)

<p>Núria López-Bigas will lead the "Biomedical Genomics" laboratory (M Minocri, IRB Barcelona)</p>
28 Oct 2016

As of November, Núria López-Bigas, winner of the 2016 Banco Sabadell Foundation Prize for Biomedical Research, will join IRB Barcelona to continue her research on cancer using computational biology.

The Institute has also recruited Croatian scientist Fran Supek, who will launch his laboratory in 2017.

<p>Teresa Tarragó, CEO and co-founder of Iproteos</p>
25 Oct 2016

The biotech will set aside this injection of capital –led by Caixa Capital Risc- to complete the preclinical phase in order to start Human Phase I trials of its compound to the treatment of Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia. The drug is one of the few under development worldwide to halt the progression and reverse the symptoms of this condition.

The drug is a first-in-class for the treatment of Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia  (CIAS). The compound has been developed using their proprietary IPROTech, a cutting-edge platform the fast and cost-effectively obtaining of innovative drugs.  

Iproteos, settled at the Parc Cientific de Barcelona, is a spin-off created in 2011 by two Catalan leading scientists in the field of therapeutic peptides, Teresa Tarragó and Ernest Giralt, based on the technology transfer from IRB Barcelona and the University of Barcelona.

<p>President of the Government of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont, with the three awardees (Generalitat de Catalunya)</p>
25 Oct 2016

The co-founder of IRB Barcelona and president of its External Advisory Board receives today, together with Manel Esteller and Josep Baselga, the Catalonia International Award presented by the Government of Catalonia.

<p>Confocal microscopy image. The accumulation of glycogen (yellow and red) in neurons leads to their deterioration and finally death (IRB Barcelona)</p>
20 Oct 2016

Scientists from the US, Canada and Spain, among them Joan Guinovart from IRB Barcelona, are poised to perform joint research with the aim to find a treatment for Lafora disease, the most severe type of epilepsy in humans.

The National Health Institutes has awarded the consortium $8.5 over five years.

The US organisation Chelsea’s Hope, a charity formed by families affected by this disease, has promoted this international collaboration.

<p>Miquel A. Pericàs, director of BIST</p>
18 Oct 2016

Miquel A. Pericàs, director of the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), has taken over as general director of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). He succeeds Montserrat Vendrell, the first director of the organization, who is moving on to take up an entrepreneurial post in the private sector.

17 Oct 2016

The Meet Our Scientists video series introduces Jens Lüders, who studies microtubules—mini-filaments involved in multiple cell processes. The alteration of these structures is associated with diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s and with developmental defects.

In the video “Curiosity as a fuel”, Lüders recalls that transcendental discoveries arise from basic research and that such science is driven exclusively by curiosity, without specifically pursuing its applicability or transfer.

10 Oct 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, the CosmoCaixa will bring together researchers from all over the world to participate in a B·Debate, an initiative of Biocat and the Obra Social “la Caixa”. To be held on 13 and 14 October, this B.Debate organized by IRB Barcelona scientists, will address the latest advances in cancer

The morphology of the tumour cell changes when the cell migrates from one site to another, thereby allowing the cell to evade regulation and thus facilitating metastasis

Cancer relapses after chemotherapy are caused by tumour stem cells that survive the treatment