El Mundo newspaper has published an article on a study by the University of Basel (Switzerland) that has found a way to separate the tumour cells that circulate in blood in groups and to prevent them from forming metastases. In this regard, they include the opinion of Roger Gomis, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona: "(This study) allows us to understand how to handle the aggregated cells that initiate the tumour, but now we need more effective and clinically optimal compounds. It is another step in a very fertile field such as the cells in circulation, but we must be realistic in terms of expectations. There is a gulf between what we see in the laboratory and what can be done with patients later on. "
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 28 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).