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