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Thursday January 26th, 2017

Scientists at Salk Institute have made breakthroughs in the integration of human cells into embryos of a different species

Human iPS cells (green) contributed to a developing heart of 4-week-old pig embryo (Image: Salk Institute)Scientists at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California have made breakthroughs on multiple fronts in the race to integrate pluripotent stem cells from one species into the early-stage development of another. This will allow to study the embryonic development of an organism, diseases, test new therapeutic drugs and the possibly grow transplantable. Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa, professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory, leads this study published in today’s issue of the journal Cell. Dr. Josep M. Campistol, CEO and nephrologist in Hospital Clínic and researcher in IDIBAPS, and scientists from the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), the Pedro Guillén Foundation, the CEMTRO Clinic in Madrid and the University of Murcia, have also participated.

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Wednesday January 25th, 2017

Josep Dalmau, Chair of the new Autoimmune Neurology Section in the American Academy of Neurology

Dr. Josep Dalmau

Dr. Josep Dalmau, ICREA Professor of IDIBAPS, where he leads the Group Pathogenesis of autoimmune neuronal disorders, and consultant of the Neurology Department of Hospital Clínic, has been named Chair of the Autoimmune Neurology Section in the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). It is a newly created section that wants to differentiate itself from the classic concept of neuroimmunology, more linked to other types of diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis. The founders of the section are Drs. Sean Pittock, of the Mayo Clinic, and Jeffrey Gelfand, of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Read the rest of this entry »

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A treatment increases survival by 50% in mice with Niemann-Pick type C, a rare disease that affects brain and liver

Researchers from the IIBB-CSIC and the IDIBAPS publish an article in the journal Redox Biology in which they propose an alternative treatment for Niemann-Pick disease type C, a rare lysosomal pathology that causes neurodegeneration and impaired liver function. With a compound that crosses the blood-brain barrier, it is possible to increase the survival of the mice by 50% and to improve the neurological and motor problems related to the disease. Dr. José C. Fernández-Checa, head of the IDIBAPS team on Mitochondrial regulation of cell death and steatohepatitis, and Dr. Carmen García-Ruiz, from the same team, are the coordinators of the study, which has been carried out in collaboration with researchers from France and Chile. The first author of the study is Sandra Torres, predoctoral researcher in Dr. Fernández-Checa’s lab.

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Wednesday January 18th, 2017

A diagnostic test for lung cancer detects genetic alterations which may remain hidden when conventional techniques are used

A study led by researchers from Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS, in collaboration with Dexeus University Hospital, shows the effectiveness of a new genetic test for molecular diagnosis in lung cancer. This is the first time that a test for this type of tumor is implemented in clinical practice. It consists of analyzing three genes with an innovative genomic technology that allows detecting multiple alterations which may not be identified when conventional diagnostic techniques are used. If these genetic alterations are detected, the patient can be treated with an oral drug that has minimal toxicity and a very high clinical benefit. The study has been coordinated by Dr. Noemí Reguart, an oncologist at the Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS, and Dr. Aleix Prat, head of the Clinical Oncology Department and of the IDIBAPS research team on Translational Genomics and directed therapies in solid tumors.

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Monday January 16th, 2017

Hospital Clinic-IDIBAPS leads a European project to fight against cirrhosis within the Horizon 2020 program

Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS is leading a European project to evaluate the efficacy of treatment with the combination of rifaximin, an antibiotic that modulates the intestinal microbiome, and statins in patients with advanced cirrhosis. The project, called LIVERHOPE, will also focuse on the search for biomarkers of the disease. LIVERHOPE is coordinated by Dr. Pere Ginès, head of the Hepatology Department of the Hospital Clínic and of the team of Mechanisms of liver diseases and complications of cirrhosis of IDIBAPS, and a total of 16 institutions are participating among clinical centers, universities and European companies. This project is part of the Horizon 2020 European research and innovation framework program and it is endowed with a budget of 6 million euros.

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Tuesday January 10th, 2017

Transplant Biomedical receives an economical injection to develop an organ preservation device

Transplant Biomedical, one of the two spin-offs arising from IDIBAPS, will receive a maximum of 2.5 million euros to carry out the clinical phase of a medical device intended to improve the preservation and transport of kidneys and livers for transplantation. This economic injection is the result of an agreement with Caixa Capital Risc and Kereon Partners, the company founded, among others, by Carmen Peralta, coordinator of the group Strategies for the protection of hepatic injury induced by ischemia-reperfusion. Read the rest of this entry »

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