Stem cells and cancer news

<p>Salvador Aznar Benitah, head of the Stem Cells and Cancer laboratory at IRB Barcelona</p>
16 Apr 2018

La Vanguardia newspaper has published an article about the eight Catalan projects that have been awarded a grant from the European Research Council. The research of Salvador Aznar Benitah from IRB Barcelona is among these projects.

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

Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) support researchers who have made important scientific achievements in the last 10 years.

The ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona has been granted €2.5 M to continue his studies on the effects of diet on metastasis.

With this new award, the centre now holds 14 grants from the ERC.

<p>Joan Massagué, director of the Sloan Kettering Institute of New York. Image: Jordi Casañas (Mahala, IRB Barcelona)</p>
15 Mar 2018

High-ranking figures from the business and innovation sectors attended an event organised by IRB Barcelona and ESADE with the aim to highlight the importance of uniting all sectors of society against metastasis.

<p>Colon cancer stem cells, in green (G. Turon, IRB Barcelona)</p>
13 Mar 2018

Advances in research into the immunological evasion, metabolism and latency of metastatic cancer cells allow the identification of potential targets to test therapies.

IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation invite 20 renowned international scientists working in the field of cancer metastasis to a gathering in Barcelona.

After the scientific conference, IRB Barcelona and ESADE have organised a debate on how to translate scientific research to society.

<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.

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<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)