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<p>Image of the last "On the fly" programme (2012)</p>
29 May 2015

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

<p>Awarding of prizes at La Pedrera for the best research projects of the "Tutoring for Secondary School Students" PCB program (Photo: PCB)</p>
12 Mar 2015

This year IRB Barcelona has supervised 39 research projects done by secondary school students

The awardees will present their work in two public science fairs to be held this year

27 Jul 2014

Diario Médico echoes on an article about nutrition developed by Lara Barrio and Marco Milán in the Development and Growth Control laboratory. The work was published in Cell Reports.

<p>Image of the fat body tissue. In red, structures responsible for storing lipids (Lara Barrio, IRB Barcelona)</p>
24 Jul 2014

Scientists at IRB Barcelona have observed that, when deprived of food, flies that do not express p53 show poor management of energy store.

The study, published today in Cell Reports, further supports the involvement of this molecule—traditionally associated with tumour suppression—in metabolism.

The researchers provide new insights to study p53 function in metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

18 Oct 2013

The "Diario Médico" reports on statements by Marco Milán on the uses of Drosophila melanogaster to study diseases such as cancer and autoimmune conditions. Milán coorganised the European Drosophila Research Congress, which was held in Barcelona from 16 to 19 October.

Read the news in "Diario Médico" (PDF in Spanish)

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<p>Drosophila melanogaster is a very valuable model to study human diseases (Photo:IRB)</p>
14 Oct 2013

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.

<p>bantam mutant animals (right) show reduced body size as a result of abnormally high steroid hormone levels. © M. Milán lab, IRB Barcelona. Author: Laura Boulan</p>
7 Mar 2013

• The study, published in Current Biology, links growth to sexual maturity.

• Scientists at IRB Barcelona identify a micro-RNA key to insulin’s regulation of steroid hormones in flies.

29 Nov 2012

A study by Marco Milán’s group published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) has received attention from several media channels. Performed in the fly Drosophila melanogaster, the study reports on some of the molecular and cellular processes behind the transformation of a healthy cell into a tumour cell. The findings pave the way to understanding the details of the processes described.

Read the news in El Periódico de Catalunya (PDF in Catalan)

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<p>Epithelial tumor (in grey), expressing the Matrix Metalloproteinase MMP1, that helps degradate the membrane (in green)  © M. Milán lab, IRB Barcelona. Author: Mariana Muzzopappa</p>
28 Nov 2012

The study, published in PNAS, opens the way for large-scale screenings to identify new targets for cancer therapy.

Scientists at IRB Barcelona present a model to demonstrate the correlation between genomic instability and cancer.

27 May 2012

Article on the advantages of Drosophila melanogaster, otherwise known as the vinegar or fruit fly, for biomedical research. Statements by Marco Milán and Jordi Casanova, IRB Barcelona researchers experts in this animal model.

Read article from ARA (PDF in Catalan)

Newspaper ARA - Section Science