La Vanguardia newspaper has interviewed Raúl Méndez, a researcher at IRB Barcelona, and José J. Lucas, from the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center of the CSIC, about the study related to autism and that iscompeting for the Vanguardia de la Ciencia prize: "The fact that there are environmental factors involved in autism does not mean that vaccines are one of these environmental factors. The alleged relation between childhood vaccination and autism has no basis. CPEB4 influences the development of the nervous system especially during the prenatal stage, and children do not receive vaccines before they are born, "said Raúl Méndez.
The research focuses on the CPEB4 protein, a key molecule in the development of this neurological disorder.
The award is a joint initiative of La Vanguardia and the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.
La Vanguardia has published an article about a research project led by IRB Barcelona and the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre that has been nominated for the "Vanguardia de la Ciencia" Award. Addressing the CPEB4 protein, the study reveals that it is a key factor in the origin of autism. The winning project will be chosen through a popular vote. The last day to vote is 28 February.
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El Independiente, Catalunya Ràdio and La Vanguardia have interviewed Raúl Méndez, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, to learn more about the recently published study on autism. Méndez points out that despite the importance of the discovery, "we are 'far away' from achieving a cure or solution to the autism spectrum disorder, although it will allow us to focus future studies in this direction."
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RTVE, Ara, 20 Minutos, Daily Mail, Jornal Médico, Sic Noticias, among other national and international media, have published articles about a recent study on autism. Researchers co-led by Raúl Méndez, head of the Translational Control of Cell Cycle and Differentiation Lab at IRB Barcelona, have discovered that the protein CPEB4, a molecule that regulates protein synthesis, is impaired in most cases of autism.
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The protein CPEB4, which coordinates the expression of hundreds of genes required for neuronal activity, is altered in the brains of individuals with autism
Published in Nature, the study indicates that a defect in CPEB4 could be the link between environmental factors that alter brain development and the genes that determine susceptibility to autism
The Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC) presents a prize for a study that reveals the capacity of the CPEB4 protein to prevent fatty liver disease.
The research was led by Raúl Méndez from IRB Barcelona and Mercedes Fernández from IDIBAPS.
El Plural has published an article on the project being undertaken by Gonzalo Fernández-Miranda, an associate researcher at IRB Barcelona. The project seeks to develop a better treatment for cancer of the head and neck by means of an immunotherapeutic approach, which has been validated with proof of concept tests at the genetic level.
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