To mark World Cancer Day, the programme El Matí de Barcelona Betevé broadcasted by Radio Barcelona has interviewed Roger Gomis, ICREA Researcher and head of the Growth Control and Metastasis Lab at IRB Barcelona. During the interview, he talked about metastasis, the process by which a tumour spreads to the rest of the body, allowing cancer cells to adapt to new environments “What we are focusing on in our lab is precisely how this cell adaptation and plasticity comes about,” says Gomis.
In addition, the Agencia SINC and newspaper eldiario.es have published an interview with Eduard Batlle, ICREA Researcher and head of the Colorectal Cancer Lab at IRB Barcelona, about the role of the microenvironment in tumour development. This microenvironment refers to the niche in which tumour cells grow. This has been a constant focus of labs, but recent years have seen an increased interest in this topic. “The role of the microenvironement was put to one side for many years because there were hardly any models to study it with,” says Batlle. The scientist goes on to say that his research “offers approaches to treat tumours that were once untreatable”.
Link to: El Matí de Barcelona
Link to: eldiario.es
Link to: Agencia SINC
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).