Catalunya Ràdio, El Punt Avui, Expansión Catalunya, Europa Press, EFE, among other media, have published an article about the launch of the #MetastasisChallenge campaign. Through this initiative, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) calls society to action to support research into metastasis—the main cause of death from cancer—by raising €5 M over the next four years.
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Through the campaign called #MetastasisChallenge, the centre aims to raise €5 M over the next four years.
Metastasis is responsible for 90% of deaths from cancer, and this campaign aims to rally social support for research in order to speed up discoveries.
On the occasion of the "International Day of Women and Girls in Science", the web portal Núvol has published an article highlighting 25 women researchers who are developing leading projects in science and technology in Spain. One of them is Núria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, who studies cancer from a genomic perspective and develops computational methods to identify the genetic mutations responsible for the development of tumours.
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IRB Barcelona hosts the workshop “Standing up for Science”, for young researchers interested in public outreach activities.
Organised by the European organisation Sense About Science, the workshop involved more than 50 researchers, including members of IRB Barcelona, from various countries.
The Institute will be giving a workshop entitled “Deciphering the code of cancer”
Muy Interesante, El Punt AVui, Diario Médico, Laboratory Journal and Federfarma, among other national and international media, have published articles about the research led by Núria López-Bigas, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona and that explains the origin of the mysterious periodicity in the genome.
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The team headed by Núria López-Bigas has published an article in Cell about what might have favoured the periodicity of certain base pairs in the genomes of eukaryotic organisms.
The structure adopted by DNA when packaged inside cells influences the periodicity observed.
El Punt Avui, La Razón, El Periódico, El Economista, among other media, have published an article about the research that was financed with the 12 million euros collected in TV3’s 2012 Marató (telethon) dedicated to cancer. La Marató has highlighted, among others, two IRB Barcelona projects that were awarded funding. On the one hand, Núria López-Bigas developed the "Cancer Genome Interpreter", a platform that allows better selection of treatments for cancer and the prediction of patient response. And on the other, Salvador Aznar Benitah led a project addressing metastasis and its relation to the consumption of dietary fat.
Diario Médico has published an article on the "Cancer Geneme Interpreter" (CGI) that includes statements by Nuria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona. The CGI is an open platform on the Internet that automates the interpretation of genomic alterations in specific tumours, reporting their relationship with tumour onset. This platform has been developed by researchers from IRB Barcelona and the Vall d'Hebrón Institute of Oncology.
The newspaper Regió7 has interviewed Nuria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona, about her work in computational biology. In this interview, she talks about how she reads millions of DNA data from cancer tumours to establish guidelines to explain the behaviour of diseased cells and identify strategies through which to cure them.