Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics news

<p>The Botín Foundation supports the tech transfer through the "Mind the Gap" programme</p>
5 Mar 2013

• The “Mind the Gap” programme selects Eduard Batlle and Elena Sancho to develop a diagnostic kit for patients at risk for metastasis, and Modesto Orozco to create a drug design platform.

• The IRB Barcelona projects, two of the three chosen by the Foundation, will receive one million euros of funding as well as management, coordination and consulting support for two years.

• An international committee of experts in investment strategies for biotechnology and biomedicine praise the high potential for innovation and viability of the projects.

10 Feb 2013

"We can find out what makes us human at the molecular level", says IRB Barcelona scientist Modesto Orozco in an article in the newspaper ARA devoted to the "Human Brain" project, an initiative that has recently received Eurpean funding of approximately 500 million euros. IRB Barcelona and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center are the Catalan organizations involved in...

29 Jan 2013

"El Periódico de Catalunya", as well as many other media, devotes an extensive report to two projects approved by the European Commission's FET-Flagships call, namely Graphene and the Human Brain. The report includes statements by Modesto Orozco, IRB Barcelona researcher, who, together with scientists at the BSC, UB and UPF, will be involved in simulating the human brain.

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

More about the Human Brain Project in...

<p>Simulation of a single neuron ©EPFL/Blue Brain Project</p>
28 Jan 2013

This morning the EU has announced the two winning projects of the call “Future and Emerging Technologies- Flagship”. Europe will invest 500 million euros in each of these projects over 10 years.

The objective of the Human Brain Project is to apply supercomputation to simulate the complexity of the human brain.

15 Oct 2012

The analysis of the epigenome of more than 100 patients identifies the cells that give rise to the disease, opening avenues to improved diagnosis

The study reveals more than one million epigenetic alterations, an unexpected finding indicating that cancer cells undergo extensive epigenetic reprogramming.

16 Sep 2012

In a feature report about biocomputation in Barcelona published today in La Vanguardia, Modesto Orozco, IRB Barcelona researcher and programme coordinator of the BSC-IRB Barcelona Computational Programme, proposes that BSC share computational resources with other research centers.

Read the news in La Vanguardia (...

1 Jun 2012

News in El Punt AVUI  about a study on the sequencing of the tomato plant published in Nature. The study performed by an international consortium included several Catalan researcher centers such as CRG, BSC and IRB Barcelona. 

Read the news in El Punt AVUI (PDF in Catalan)

31 May 2012

The Tomato Genome Consortium has sequenced and assembled the genomic DNA of this fruit species, specifically of a domesticated variety, Heinz 1706. Scientists from several European centres, including Modesto Orozco, David Torrents and Xavier Pastor, researchers from the joint programme between the  the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)  have joined forces to obtain the sequence of this fruit belonging to the family Solanaceae. The sequence, as well as the results of its analysis, has just been published in the journal...

<p>Dr. Orozco is head of the Molecular modelling and bioinformatics laboratory</p>
18 Apr 2012

The 2011 edition of the ICREA Academia award, an initiative to foster excellence in research among teaching and research staff of state universities in Catalonia, has recognized the scientific career of Modesto Orozco, scientist at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), and...

<p>Simulation of a triple DNA helix structure side view and viewed from above (author: Annalisa Arcella. IRB Barcelona)</p>
18 Apr 2012

A team of researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have managed for the first time to extract trustworthy structural information from a triple helix DNA in gas phase, that is to say in conditions in which DNA is practically in a vacuum. The study appears today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), one of the journals with greatest impact in chemistry.

“Until now these special DNA structures were almost impossible to detect and it was not known whether they preserved structural memory in solution when they were evaporated. With this study we have characterized this structure and...