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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.

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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.

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4 May 2012

Diario Médico devotes an article to the study performed by Joan Guinovart's and Marco Milan's labs at IRB Barcelona and published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

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2 May 2012

El Economista echoes the study on the effect of glycogen on neurons performed by Joan Guinovart and Marco Milán.

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<p>Comparative microscope images. The lower picture shows a cerebellum sample from a healthy mouse. Above, the same tissue after glycogen accumulation. (Jordi Duran. IRB Barcelona)</p>
2 May 2012

Work by IRB Barcelona researchers will further the study of neurodegenerative diseases such as Lafora progressive myoclonic epilepsy

31 Mar 2012

Marco Milán, coordinator of the Cell and Developmental Biology Programme at IRB Barcelona talks on “Radio Síntesis” about the importance of the fly Drosophila melanogaster for the study and treatment of human diseases such as cancer for example.

Listen to Podcast on Radio Síntesis, Salud Biotec 6 (00:00 - 17:25)

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18 Aug 2011

The paper ‘Notch-mediated repression of bentam miRNA contributes to boundary formation in the Drosophila wing’, recently published in Development by ICREA researcher Marco Milán and his group, has been selected as an Editor's Choice by Science Signaling magazine.