Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila news

28 Mar 2016

Gaceta Médicahas published an article on the current state of stem cell research. The article in question highlights a new study on facultative stem cells by Jordi Casanova, leader of the Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila group at IRB...

12 Mar 2016

National and international press echo the findings of a study done by Jordi Casanova, IRB Barcelona group leader and CSIC research professor, on the plasticity of certain specialised cells that regain stem cell function.

<p>Drosophila trachea fragment. Externally, there is no difference between the Tr2 segment, where facultative stem cells are found, and Tr3, which indicates the rest of the cells in the tissue.  (N.J. Djabrayan, IRBBarcelona)</p>
11 Mar 2016

Scientists at IRB Barcelona and CSIC reveal that the combination of two molecular signals determines which cells that have already differentiated can regain their stem cell properties.

Their studies on fruit flies allow for advancements in the field of regenerative medicine and a better understanding of processes involved in cancer.

10 Mar 2016

Entertaining interview with Jordi Casanova on RNE about the use of flies in biomedical research.

Listen to the interview in Esto Me Suena (RNE) from Min 4.20

3 Mar 2016

"El Periódico” publishes an article on the work done with Drosophila melanogaster—the fruit fly—at IRB Barcelona. This organism is one of the most studied animal models and the basis for many lines of research at the institute. Humans share 70% of their genome with these flies, thus allowing scientist to address the basic mechanisms of development and analyse cancer treatments.

During a tour of the facilities at the Barcelona Science Park, journalist Ana Lopez was accompanied by ...

23 Feb 2016

“El Economista” and other media have echoed the study headed by Jordi Casanova, leader of the Development and morphogenesis in Drosophila group at IRB Barcelona. The article, which has been published in the portal eLife, reveals a mechanism through which cells interact with their environment.

<p>Image of the larval tracheal main tube, stained in white to mark the chitinous ECM and in red to mark the cell-cell junctions</p>
22 Feb 2016

Researchers at IRB Barcelona and CSIC discover a mechanism through which the cells of an organism interact with their extracellular matrix

18 Aug 2015

Various digital media have echoed the new function that researchers from IRB Barcelona have found for E-Cadherin (E-Cad) protein, recently published in Nature Communications. Jordi Casanova, head of the Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila Laboratory, and Kyra Campbell, from the same lab, have discovered that E-Cad plays a key role in cell movement, although its known role to date was keeping cells static.

<p>In a developing Drosophila embryo, (above) E-Cadherin keep cells together to facilitate coordinated migration; (below) without E-Cad cells are disorganised. (J Casanova lab)</p>
14 Aug 2015

Researchers at IRB Barcelona reveal that the protein E-Cadherin is required for groups of diverse cells to migrate together

Tumours with intermediary levels of E-Cadherin generally have a poorer prognosis; the phenomenon of heterogeneous cell migration may be related to this

<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