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Researchers discover a mechanism that allows neurons to form new extensions




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Extensive media coverage of work by Jens Lüders’ Microtubule Organisation Lab about a novel mechanism by which neurons maintain and regenerate axons. Published in Nature Communications, the study reveals new pathways related to microtubule biology that are relevant for regenerative medicine and research into diseases in which the microtubule network is damaged, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).