Various media, including El Mundo, have echoed the European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI) international congress, which has gathered leading experts in microscopy this week in Sitges. As stated by the co-organizers of the congress, Julien Colombelli—manager of the Advanced Digital Microscopy group at IRB Barcelona—and Timo Zimmermann—from CRG—, this event aims to further progress in this research field.
The new microscopes allow the tracking of cell movement within an organism, observation of neuronal synapses, visualization of the spread of cancer, and in vivo monitoring of embryo development.
The development of the 3D microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, and light sheet microscopy (a kind of microscope that illuminates the sample with a sheet of light) pushes biology towards new horizons.
IRB Barcelona and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) gather 420 experts in the 15th ELMI Meeting, an annual European microscopy congress held this year in Sitges from 19 till 22 May.
The study by Jordi Casanova and first-authored by postdoctoral fellow Nareg J.-V. Djabrayan at IRB Barcelona, together with researchers at CSIC, has been echoed in the media.
The study, performed with fruit flies, describes a gene that determines whether a specialized cell conserves the capacity to become a stem cell again.
Unveiling the genetic traits that favour the retention of stem cell properties is crucial for regenerative medicine.
Published in Cell Reports, the article is the fruit of collaboration between researchers at IRB Barcelona and CSIC.
Andreu Casali’s study published in EmboReports on research into colon cancer performed in the fly has caught the attention of the media. The Diari de Girona, among others, has reported on the study.
Researchers generate for the first time Drosophila melanogaster with intestinal cancer and reveal key genetic factors behind human colon cancer.
The scientists identify a human gene that favours the proliferation of tumour cells in early stages of colon cancer.
Furthermore, the flies are useful for faster and more economic drug screening.
The science communication webpage Excelenciencia publishes a report about the research on metastasis performed at IRB. Focusing on the projects led by Roger Gomis, Eduard Batlle and Andreu Casali, the article explains the multidisciplinary research into metastasis underway at IRB.
Read the article in Excelenciencia
5 March 2014...
The study by Sofia J. Araújo sheds light on the fields of development, wound healing, angiogenesis, and tumour invasion, processes in which cell migration is crucial.
Using Drosophila melanogaster, researchers at IRB Barcelona discover that during multiple cell migrations a single cell can act as leader, dragging the others with it.
Jordi Casanova, IRB Barcelona group leader and CSIC professor, explains on TV3 the uses of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. TV3 covered the European Drosophila Research Conference, held from 16 to 19 October in Barcelona.
Watch the video: (in Catalan). 1'42"