A study led by IDIBAPS researchers has shown the usefulness of optical coherence tomography (OCT), a diagnostic imaging technique widely used in ophthalmology, for monitoring patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The analysis of the retina with this technique can determine the risk of clinical worsening of those patients. Dr. Pablo Villoslada, head of the IDIBAPS Pathogenesis and new treatments in Multiple Sclerosis, and Dr. Elena H. Martinez-Lapiscina, researcher of the same group and head of the Visual Pathway Lab, coordinate this article published in The Lancet Neurology. Researchers from centers in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Holland, Canada and the United States have been involved in this study.
A study led by doctors and researchers from CAPSBE, the Transverse group for research in primary care at IDIBAPS and from Hospital Clínic has determined the prevalence of chronic widespread pain (CWP) in Barcelona, which affects the 5.5% of the population. The study, published in the Pain journal, was coordinated by Dr. Antoni Sisó and is part of the Dr. Marianela Morales’ PhD directed by Drs. Siso and Manel Ramos.
Researchers from the IDIBAPS discover the role of an inflammatory protein in age-related macular degeneration
Researchers from IDIBAPS have taken part in a study that delves into the role of C-reactive protein –an inflammation marker– in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). They have shown using in vitro studies that, that the monomeric form of the C-reactive protein contributes to the inflammatory process associated to DMAE. Dr. Blanca Molins has coordinated the study published in the Scientific Reports journal. She is a researcher at the Laboratory of Ocular Inflammation and Immunology at the Institut Clinic d’Oftalmologia (ICOF), in Hospital Clinic and IDIBAPS, led by Dr. Alfredo Adan.
The Foundation of the Spanish Diabetes Society has awarded the Jose Antonio Hedo Prize on young basic research to Dr. Joel Montané, reasearcher at the the Pathogenesis and Prevention of Diabetes IDIBAPS group, for his scientific career in the field of diabetes. This group, which belongs to the Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases (CIBERDEM) from CIBER, is led by Dr. Anna Novials and aims to generate new knowledge about the mechanisms of pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of diabetes.
If we examine the activity of our brain as a whole, the first image that comes to our mind is that of a TV screen untuned: a noisy image formed by black and white dots. The question then is how can the brain work in a so orderly way? Researchers led by Jordi García-Ojalvo, head of the Dynamical Systems Biology lab and professor at the University Pompeu Fabra, and Maria V. Sánchez-Vives, ICREA research Professor at IDIBAPS where she heads the Systems Neuroscience research team, study the phenomenon of stochastic coherence in the brain. The study has been published in the journal Nature Physics.
New research from Denmark, Canada and the US involving more than 300,000 individuals suggests that patients do not need to check their cholesterol levels on an empty stomach. From this study, 21 World medical experts from Europe, Australia and the US, among them, Dr. Emili Ros, researcher at Hospital Clínic, IDIBAPS and CIBERobn, sign a joint consensus statement. The European Heart Journal publishes these recommendations.