Science Week 2011 at the IRB Barcelona


As part of the 16th Science Week, which is being held this year from the
18th to the 27th of November, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine
(IRB Barcelona) participates in a series of scientific dissemination
activities organized by the Barcelona Science Park (PCB): open house
sessions “Come and do an Express Doctorate!” and the cycle of
scientific workshops “Do Research!”.

The open house sessions at PCB are scheduled twice daily on the 22nd and 24th of November. Attendants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from a doctoral student how a doctorate thesis research project is carried out. The researcher will first explain what the thesis is about and then the attendants will visit the IRB Barcelona laboratories and the scientific services where the doctoral student has been working on his or her project. The visit is organized as a game in which the visitors have “to hunt” for clues.

The topic of the project being presented during these open house days is “How is gene activity studied? Identifying the genes involved in cancer!” and it focuses on the study of differences in the behaviour of malignant and benign tumour cells from the point of view of their genetic activity. This presentation is an adaptation for the public of various research projects and will be presented by researchers in the Colorectal Cancer Laboratory, led by Eduard Batlle, at the IRB Barcelona. The activity is being run in collaboration with researchers from the Scientific and Technical Services of the UB and the Transcriptomics Platform of the PCB.

Open House at PCB: “Come and do an Express Doctorate!”

The experimental workshops “Do research!” will be held on consecutive Saturdays of November, from at “CX La Pedrera” with the support of “Catalunya Caixa". There will also be midweek workshops, aimed at the school and college community, which will be held at the OpenLab of the PCB.
These workshops will address a wide range of topics, including how a crime suspect is investigated on the basis of various DNA samples, the use of fruit flies in studying certain diseases such as cancer, and a look at the different stages of drug development, with the opportunity to take part in the synthesis of a drug for treating Parkinson’s disease. The activity benefits from the input of researchers from IRB Barcelona, the Combinatorial Platform of the PCB and the University of Barcelona.

Workshops: Do research! 

More Information: 16 Science Week.Fundació Institució Catalana de Suport a la Recerca.