Results about: aging

“Cell damage is happening in our bodies all the time”

Manuel Serrano, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, is the subject of the next video in the Meet Our Scientists series: “Killing zombie cells”.

In the video, Serrano talks about the work undertaken in his lab to find compounds that can remove damaged cells from the body.

Manuel Serrano receives the Severo Ochoa Award from the Ferrer Research Foundation

Sergi Ferrer-Salat, president of the Board of Trustees of the Ferrer Research Foundation, highlighted that the work done by IRB Barcelona scientist, Manuel Serrano, is helping to further our understanding of the relation between ageing and cancer and identify approaches to manipulate this relation to our advantage.

The unifying concept that has guided our research over the years is that tumor suppressor genes protect from many types of damage regardless of the particular detrimental consequences of the damage.

“Think big and don't give up,” says the winner of the 2016 Alumni of Excellence Award David Vilchez

Vilchez is the first IRB Barcelona alumnus to receive the “Alumni of Excellence Award”. He obtained his PhD at the Institute in 2008 and now runs his own group at the CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Cologne, Germany.

The absence of a single protein spurs muscle aging in mice

IRB Barcelona researchers discover that the loss of the protein Mitofusin 2 in the muscles of young mice speeds up aging and causes early sarcopenia, thus leading to the muscle quality of aged mice.

Sarcopenia, which is muscle wastage and the accompanied loss of strength, is one of the most weakening conditions of old age and it has no treatment.

The scientists propose that stimulating Mitofusin 2 activity would provide a good strategy through which to ameliorate sarcopenia.