September 2011

Andrew Plested: “We want to know how neurons obtain information, how they store it and how they process it

In order to answer these ambitious questions, Andrew Plestan focuses his research on one of the pieces involved in these processes: the glutamate receptors. “By understanding how they work, we understand the neural connections and how the brain processes and stores information.” Plested has explained his progress in a session within the IDIBELL seminar series on  September 16th.

IDIBELL brings together outstanding experts on Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and Regulatory Genomics

Outstanding experts in bioinformatics, systems biology and regulatory genomics from around the world will meet from 14 to 19 October at IDIBELL to discuss the latest developments in these fields. DREAM ENGINEERING CHALLENGES President: Gustavo Stolovitzky CANCER CONFERENCE ON RICCI Informatics President: Miguel Angel Pujana RECOMB Systems Biology President: Andrea Califano RECOMB REGULATORY GENOMICS President: Manolis Kells

The course begins at IDIBELL

The new course begins in IDIBELL with the resumption of external seminars. As always, the sessions take place on Friday at one pm in the auditorium of the Duran Reynals Hospital (ICO), the Bellvitge University Hospital and the Bellvitge Campus of the University of Barcelona. More information

IUD reduces by half the risk of cervical cancer

The study involved more than 20 000 women from different countries Intrauterine devices (IUDs) may protect against cervical cancer. This is the conclusion of the broadest epidemiological study to date in which has participated the research group in Viruses and Cancer of IDIBELL, published at The Lancet Oncology. Reduces  the risk by half Article’s reference

IDIBELL Researchers discover why tumour cells change their appearance

If environmental conditions of tumors are changed, the process reverses The study is led by Manel Esteller Like snakes, tumour cells shed their skin. Cancer is not a static disease but during its development the disease accumulates changes to evade natural defences adapting to new environmental circumstances, protecting against chemotherapy and radiotherapy and invading neighbouring organs, eventually causing metastasis. Article reference

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