Year: 2012

Nancy E. Hynes: “Memo is required for migration and metastasis”

The last October 30th took place the extraordinary IDIBELL seminar “Targeting signaling pathways in breast cancer” by Nancy E. Hynes, researcher and leader of the Mechanisms of Cancer group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, and hosted by Dr. Sara Kozma. Dr. Hynes talked about Memo, a novel enzyme related to metastasis in …

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The obsessive-compulsive brain is more active with moral dilemmas

Individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder are characterized by persistent thoughts that cause concern, and repetitive behaviours, called compulsions. A new study, led by researchers from IDIBELL, reveals that these people develop a significantly greater concern than the general population to such moral issues. The study was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. IDIBELL researchers …

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IDIBELL research, at the Science Week

Researchers of the Institute participate in events addressed to the general public Pessics de ciència Friday, November 16th at 12pm Tuesday, November 20th at 7pm Tuesday, November 20th at 7:30pm Thursday November 22th at 7.30pm Scientific Gathering Thursday, November 22th at 7pm Gatherings of Science at the Palau de la Virreina Wednesday, November 21st at 7pm Thursday, November 29th at 7pm Science Day in Schools 2012. Science in first person Wednesday, November 21st at 11:30am Conxi Làzaro Wednesday, November 21st at 11:30am Ignacio Blanco

Discovered epigenetic changes in sperm related to male infertility

Sperm are highly specialized cells of the body responsible for carrying the genetic message to the progeny to join the female egg. This should be a highly regulated process to achieve the evolving and maintaining a healthy embryo expression patterns characteristic of our species. Germ cells of man must have a highly specific epigenome to …

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Manel Esteller, Boehringer Ingelheim Award finalist in Medical Journalism

The selection board of Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism has announced ten finalists. On Thursday November 22th the jury will announce the two winners, one per category, audiovisual and print media. Among the 325 papers presented, the selection board has chosen as a finalist in the category of print article “Del descubrimiento al sufrimiento” …

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La Marató de TV3 funds four IDIBELL projects

La Marató de TV3 2011, dedicated to organ and tissue transplantation have funded four projects led by IDIBELL researchers. The granted researchers are Josep Maria Aran, researcher of Human Molecular Genetics Group; Josep Maria Grinyó, leader of the Nephrology and Renal Transplantation group; Eduard Montanya, head of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutrition group, and Francesc …

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IDIBELL researchers lead Spanish database of rare diabetes syndromes

Spanish researchers have launched a national database to collect information on rare diabetic syndromes that are a group of rare inherited diseases whose common link is the body’s intolerance to glucose. Registration is focused on three rare diseases: Wolfram, Bardt-Biedl and Alström syndromes. The initiative, named REWBA (Spanish Registry of Wolfram, Alström and Bardet-Biedl Syndromes), …

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Inhibition of enzyme NOX4 prevents liver fibrosis

Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) have led a study published in PLoS One showing that the inhibition of a family member of NADPH oxidase enzyme, NOX4, plays an important role in liver fibrosis. The researchers studied the function of a cytokine called transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) in the pathophysiology of the liver, …

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Bonaventura Clotet: “we are working in a therapeutical vaccine to block cell to cell HIV spreading”

The last IDIBELL Seminar, on 28th October, the Small Hall at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, hosted the seminar “Update about HIV eradication” by Bonaventura Clotet PhD, Institute for AIDS Research (IrsiCaixa) Director, and talked about the different strategies to cure HIV. The problem of VIH spreading and treatment is that, more and more, there …

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