In Vivo News

27 Abr 2018

Jelena Urosevic (Serbia, 1977) studied Molecular Biology and Physiology at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. After completing an MSc in Biology there, in 2003 she moved to Spain to do her PhD at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (acronym CNIO in Spanish), where she focused on the primary tumour. In 2010, she joined IRB Barcelona as a postdoc in the Growth Control and Cancer Metastasis lab.

At the Institute she not only does research on what she is most passionate about, namely the process of metastasis, but also serves as the postdoc representative on the Equality and Diversity Committee. Indeed, as a member of this body, Jelena was involved in the organisation of...

<p>From left to right: Begoña Carreño-Gómez, Javier Garcia, Maria C Freire, Carlos Plata, Eva Méndez and Remi Droller during their visit to IRB Barcelona.</p>
27 Abr 2018

The Business Advisory Board (BAB) visited IRB Barcelona on 3 April. Launched in 2013 and convening every two years, the BAB puts their expertise to the service of the Institute with the aim to speed up technology transfer and map out a successful tech-transfer roadmap.

During the visit, the BAB advised the Innovation Department on the tech transfer strategy for the next three years and gave specific guidance on how to push those innovation projects that are closest to the market. The board was debriefed on several initiatives in the "tech transfer" field, such as the Entrepreneur in Residence Programme, and had an informal meeting with about 20 pre and postdocs. “This session...

27 Abr 2018

Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer from one place in the body to another. This process causes 90% of deaths from cancer, making it one of the most relevant public health challenges today. Cancer is a disease that affects our entire society, and as such, society as a whole must come together to find the cure. It was under this premise that IRB Barcelona, in collaboration with ESADE Business School, brought together key figures from the research, business and innovation, and private sectors to learn about the state of the art in metastasis research, debate the power that business and innovation hold to accelerate cures, and outline future challenges.

"Metastasis...

<p>Tubulin, standard Antibody staining (Credit: C. Hellriegel / Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH, Jena)</p>
27 Abr 2018

In research, thorough investigation and detailed information are everything. The difference between a functional and dysfunctional cellular structure can be in the scale of nanometers and being able to perceive this difference can change the way we go about tackling a scientific question. To provide the scientific community with the means to perform microscopy at the highest resolution available, IRB Barcelona has recently invested in state-of-the-art Super Resolution (SR) technology, or Nanoscopy, with the acquisition of a Carl Zeiss Elyra PS1 Airyscan system, which enables 3D SR microscopy and SR for in vivo samples.

The Elyra-Airyscan equipment responds to the...

12 Mar 2018

Horacio Moreno (Barcelona, 1971) recently joined IRB Barcelona’s Innovation Department as the new Entrepreneur in Residence. Launched in 2016, this position aims to foster an entrepreneurial culture in our scientific community by hosting an in-house expert in bio-entrepreneurship for a year. Horacio holds a PhD in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Business Administration. He has has more than 16 years’ experience as a business developer in the biopharma industry, including at companies such as Almirall, Gebro Pharma and Menarini. He currently works as a consultant in business development for biotech companies, and he is also involved in training and teaching programmes at IQS (Institut...

12 Mar 2018

Susana Ros (Barcelona, 1980) did her PhD at IRB Barcelona from 2004 to 2009 in the Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Group, under the supervision of Dr. Joan Guinovart. After a 4-year postdoc at the Cancer Research UK -London Research Institute, in the Gene Expression Analysis Laboratory, she moved to Cambridge, where she became a Research Associate in imaging cancer metabolism in the Molecular Imaging Laboratory at the Cancer Research UK -Cambridge Research Institute -University of Cambridge. Her research has been focused so far on metabolism and cancer—on understanding the effects of perturbation of metabolic networks in the context of cancer. In this interview, Susana tells us about...

12 Mar 2018

From March until this Spring, five new postdoctoral researchers will be joining the ranks of IRB Barcelona through the PROBIST Programme. This is an international postdoctoral fellowship programme co-funded by the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND scheme and led by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), a scientific initiative of seven Catalan research centres.

After passing through a rigorous selection process, five talented researchers have been offered positions and will be joining IRB Barcelona. Ilaria Dutto will work on identifying new candidate genes linked to mitotic fidelity and microcephaly; Aleksandra Karolak will focus on studies of DNA...

12 Mar 2018

A peer review involves the evaluation of someone’s professional performance or quality of work by experts in the same field. It’s commonly used in science as way to maintain standards, improve performance, and provide credibility. In line with its commitment to continuous improvement, IRB Barcelona has recently extended this good practice to its Administration team.

For the first time, the departments that make up the Administration team have been appraised by an Evaluation Panel of five administration experts from leading centres across Europe, Israel and in the US. The Panel was formed by Shulamit Geri (Vice President for Administration & Finance, Weizmann Institute of...

12 Mar 2018

Postdoc Daniele Tauriello (Oss, Netherlands; 1981) is the first author of a recent scientific breakthrough at IRB Barcelona: the key role of TGFβ in hiding colorectal tumours from the immune system. In this interview he tells us about the work behind this study, led by Eduard Batlle and done in collaboration with Antoni Riera’s lab and Camille Stephan-Otto Attolini’s unit, that has just been published in Nature.

The road to this discovery has been long and hard at times. It has taken more than four years for the team to generate the right mouse models, performing more than 15 generations of crossings, adding mutations one by one to achieve models with very aggressive (and...

31 Ene 2018

Tech transfer is an attitude, a main feature that should be present at all stages of a research project, from the initial idea to the result, passing through the writing of the proposal, the design of the experiments and the development of the project. Tech transfer is what ensures that knowledge generated by scientists has an impact on society. This is precisely why it is important to inspire researchers in tech transfer from the start of their careers, since the relevance of innovative potential is gaining ground during the stage of project evaluation.

With this in mind, IRB Barcelona has launched the Young BiomedTec initiative, a scheme, with the support of “la Caixa”...