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IRB Barcelona projects on obesity and diabetes driven by ‘La Marató’

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18 May 17

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Catalonia's public television channel, TV3, has broadcasted various video abstracts that give scientists the opportunity to explain their research funded by the telethon (La Marató) run by the Catalan TV channel in 2015.

Two IRB Barcelona projects devoted to furthering knowledge of the causes, treatments, prevention and cure of diabetes and obesity are among the 34 awarded by this campaign in 2015.

Antonio Zorzano, coordinator of the Molecular Medicine Programme and leader of the Complex Mtabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Lab, explains his study entitled "Mechanisms responsible for the deficient differentiation capacity of adipose tissue-derived stem cells in obesity".

Joan J. Guinovart, group leader of the Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab, talks about his project "Liver glycogen, a novel target to treat diabetes and obesity".

View the videos (in Catalan)

About IRB Barcelona

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).