“El País” newspaper has published an article on the Barcelona BioMed Conference “Drosophila as a model in cancer”. It includes statements made by Marco Milán, ICREA researcher and head of the Development and Growth Control Laboratory, and Cayetano González, ICREA researcher and head of the Cell Division Laboratory, both at IRB Barcelona and co-organizers of this scientific meeting, which is supported by the BBVA Foundation.
The article highlights the project presented by Ross Cagan, director of the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapeutics at Mount Sinai Hospital (United States), which uses flies that have the same tumours as those found in human patients to design personalized...
Various media have echoed the news about the Barcelona BioMed Conference on the use of the fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model to study cancer. Organised by IRB Barcelona with the support of the BBVA Foundation, the meeting will take place from 15 to 17 June in Barcelona. Marco Milán, ICREA researcher and head of the Development and Growth Control Laboratory, and Cayetano González, ICREA researcher and head of the Cell Division Laboratory, both at IRB Barcelona, have selected the 23 speakers who will participate in the conference.
In the conference “Drosophila as a model in cancer”, to be held from 15 to 17 June in Barcelona, IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation bring together a select group of leading scientists that use the fruit fly for cancer research.
This fly can be used to study specific types of tumour, ranging from leukaemia to brain tumours, and complex processes such as metastasis or the wasting syndrome (extreme muscle weakness) associated with cancer. In addition, Drosophila has proved to be an excellent tool for drug screening in vivo.
Nobert Perrimon is among the invited speakers. From his lab at Harvard, he has performed one of the largest screenings of molecules in flies in search of new anti-tumour applications of drugs that have already been approved by the FDA.
Special mention is also given to the participation of Sam Jackson, from the National Center for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research, a British organisation that promotes and supports the use of invertebrate models, such as Drosophila, for cancer research.
The two-day workshop is part of the Teachers and Science programme, organised by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation. This year’s programme will involve the participation of nine research centres from around Catalonia
The overall objective is to improve science teaching in order to increase scientific vocation among students
The IRB Barcelona workshop is dedicated to biomedical research with fruit flies
Cayetano González, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Cell Division Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, goes over his career in an extensive interview in The Journal of Cell Biology. González talks about his beginnings addressing cell division in flies up to using this insect as a model to study the development of cancer, a field in which he is an international authority.
Read the interview in The Journal of Cell Biology
On 16-19 October, 700 scientists will meet for the 23 European Drosophila Conference in the Palau de Congressos in Barcelona.
Drosophila melanogaster, also known as the fruit fly, is a key model organism in genetics and essential for our understanding of disease.
Jules Hoffmann, French researcher and 2011 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, will deliver the opening plenary lecture on Wednesday afternoon.
Barcelona hosts a large concentration of biomedical research groups specialized in Drosophila, making the city a European and worldwide reference for this area of research.
The study, published in Nature Cell Biology, focuses on the cell organelle known as centrosome, which organises the network of microtubules that serves as the cell’s skeleton.
More than 40 scientists from 11 centres bear out the strength of the science performed with the fruit fly in Spain
A news feature in El Periódico de Catalunya about the seven ERC Grants awarded to the scientists who are working in Catalan centres, with special attention to the three researchers at IRB Barcelona, Modesto Orozco, Angel R. Nebreda and Cayetano González.