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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 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

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Link to: Agencia SINC




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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).