Antonio Zorzano, group leader of the Complex Metabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Laboratory, heads the study.
The Ramón Areces Foundation has granted 120,000 euros for this 3-year project.
Maribel Hernández, Francisco Barriga, Clara Suñer and Saska Ivanova have been working with teachers in the Mare de Déu de Montserrat primary school in Cornellà to help them build tools based on science that they can use in their classrooms.
This year the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese biologist who discovered autophagy—the process used by cells to clean and recycle their components. Group Leader Antonio Zorzano studies autophagy in his research at IRB Barcelona, and explains why it is such a key discovery in an interview published in La Vanguardia.
Antonio Zorzano and Joan J. Guinovart are among the 34 projects awarded by the 2015 La Marató (telethon)
The scientist who discovered autophagy has received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Antonio Zorzano, who says in reference to the award “it has been a very pleasant surprise”, studies this cell recycling process and explains how it works in an interview on RAC-1.
Dr. Zorzano’s group at IRB Barcelona is devoted to the implications of autophagy in diabetes type 2 and obesity. "We know that the repercussions of autophagy are enormous for are species."
IRB Barcelona researcher and coordinator of the Molecular Medicine Programme Antonio Zorzano responded to journalists who wanted to know more about autophagy—the recycling programme that all cells, from yeast to humans, share.
Zorzano studies autophagy in processes such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and ageing. The IRB Barcelona scientist dealt with La Vanguardia, El Mundo, ABC and the newspaper ARA.
Research into the importance of Mitofusin 2 in the regulation of muscle aging in mice has received several mentions in national and international media. Led by Antonio Zorzano, coordinator of the Molecular Medicine programme at IRB Barcelona and published in the EMBO Journal, the study explains how the absence of this protein causes the accumulation of poor quality mitochondria in muscle, thereby accelerating its aging.
IRB Barcelona researchers discover that the loss of the protein Mitofusin 2 in the muscles of young mice speeds up aging and causes early sarcopenia, thus leading to the muscle quality of aged mice.
Sarcopenia, which is muscle wastage and the accompanied loss of strength, is one of the most weakening conditions of old age and it has no treatment.
The scientists propose that stimulating Mitofusin 2 activity would provide a good strategy through which to ameliorate sarcopenia.
IRB Barcelona is to hold three workshops for all kinds of public
Top-notch science needs sharp minds but also cutting-edge instruments. IRB Barcelona has recently acquired key pieces of equipment that will ensure optimal results in areas such as metastasis and metabolic disease research.
By order of arrival, the first new machine that is making life of researchers like David Sebastian, in Antonio Zorzano’s Complex Metabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Lab, much easier is called EchoMRI Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Body Composition Analyzers. The EchoMRI was installed in the animal house of the Barcelona Science Park). David, who had used similar machines in other laboratories, put forth the request to...