Stem cells and cancer news

<p>Salvador Aznar Benitah, head of the IRB Barcelona group "Stem Cells and Cancer". (Photo: Battista-Minocri, IRB)</p>
9 Jan 2018

ARA newspaper has published an article about the topics that are likely to have greatest relevance in the field of science during 2018. The article includes a quote from Salvador Aznar, group leader of the Stem Cell and Cancer Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, who says that there will be advances in approaches to stimulate the immune system to fight against the development of tumors.

Link to Ara

<p>Image representing the effects of the circadian clock in ageing (Author: Iris Joval Granollers)</p>
9 Nov 2017

La Vanguardia has asked ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah, an expert on stem cells and circadian rhythm, for his opinion  about two studies published by British universities that suggest that skin regeneration is higher during the day than during the night.

Link to La Vanguardia

4 Nov 2017

The research and science programme “Principio de Incertidumbre” broadcasted by Radio Canal Extremadura has interviewed the ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah about the circadian rhythm—the subject of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

In August, Aznar Benitah’s group published two studies in Cell that rejected the dogma that aging is associated with the loss of the circadian cycle of stem cells.

Link to Radio Canal Extremadura

<p>Research associate Guiomar Solanas and “la Caixa” PhD student Francisca Oliveira Peixoto, both at IRB Barcelona.</p>
31 Oct 2017

How does the circadian clock change when we get older? This is the question that has driven research associate Guiomar Solanas and “la Caixa” PhD student Francisca Oliveira Peixoto, both at IRB Barcelona, to study the daily pattern of gene activity. The answer, as laid out in two studies headed by Salvador Aznar Benitah and published in the journal Cell, rejects the widely held belief that stem cells lose their circadian rhythm with age. The studies demonstrate that the daily pattern of gene activity is not lost with age but is rather reprogrammed for new functions and that a low calorie diet delays alterations in the rhythm of stem cells. 

<p>Salvador Aznar Benitah leads the Stem Cells and Cancer laboratory at IRB Barcelona</p>
20 Oct 2017

Various media, including El Mundo, have reported on the presentation of the National Research Award of the Caja Rural de Soria Scientific Foundation to ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar-Benitah. During the ceremony, Aznar-Benitah reminded attendees that, according to his research, palmitic acid has the ability to fuel the metastasis of various kinds of cancer. He also stressed, "A bad diet significantly shortens life expectancy."

Link to La Vanguardia

<p>Group leader Salvador Aznar Benitah and first author Gloria Pascual in the Stem Cells and Cancer lab at the IRB Barcelona (M. Minocri, IRB Barcelona)</p>
15 Oct 2017

The radio programme Te doy mi palabra broadcasted by Onda Cero has referred to a study by ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah. Published in Nature in December 2016, the research revealed that consuming certain fats stimulates metastasis. Aznar Benitah’s team reached this conclusion after examining the effect of dietary fatty acid intake in mice.

Link to Te doy mi palabra (Onda Cero)

<p>In August, IRB Barcelona scientists published two studies devoted to circadian rhythm, aging and diet in the journal Cell.</p>
5 Oct 2017

The prize is shared between American scientists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young for work on the internal clock of living organisms, using the fruit flies for their research.

Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm to synchronise with the rotation of the Earth.

The biological clock helps to regulate sleep patterns, feeding behaviour, hormone release and blood pressure.

Salvador Aznar Benitah, scientist at IRB Barcelona studying the day-night cycle in adult stem...

<p>Salvador Aznar Benitah leads the Stem Cells and Cancer laboratory at IRB Barcelona</p>
1 Oct 2017

The magazine Cuerpo Mente has highlighted the study published in Nature in December 2016 by the group headed by ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah. He and his team analysed the impact of fatty acid intake on metastasis in mice. The results revealed that there is a relationship between diet and the metastatic potential of tumours.

<p>An IRB Barcelona study inspires 9-year old kids to develop a project about eating habits</p>
17 Sep 2017

A study done by IRB Barcelona inspires a school in Castellón to carry out a project on food that has been selected as a finalist in an international initiative called "I CAN School Challenge".  This news is reported by the newspaper LevanteEl Mercantil Valenciano.

"We know what we eat ", a project done by third year primary school pupils at the state school Assumpció de la Vall d'Uixó in Castellón, has been chosen as a finalist from among the 121 participants  in the  competition "I CAN School Challenge". This competition forms part of the  "Design for Change España" movement, an international initiative that seeks to give kids aged from 8 to 15 the opportunity...

12 Sep 2017

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