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Friday April 03rd, 2009

Dr. Ribal is the First Woman to Receive the 2009 Urology Prize of the European Association of Urology

Dr. Ribal is the First Woman to Receive the 2009 Urology Prize of the European Association of UrologyThis is the first time that the European Association of Urology has given this award to a woman and the first time the award has been won by a Spaniard.  Dr. María José Ribal of the Hospital Clínic urology department received the 2009 Crystal Matula award, an international recognition of the scientific work of young people who have contributed to advances in urology. The prize was awarded on 19 March in Stockholm, Sweden, in a ceremony held at the 24th annual conference of the European Association of Urology. Dr. Ribal won the award for the innovative nature of her research in the field of urologic oncology, particularly bladder cancer.

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Thursday April 02nd, 2009

The Josep Carreras Foundation Sponsors a New Research Institute on Leukemia

Josep Carreras amb un jove pacient (imatge de ruben moreno).

An agreement of intentions signed this afternoon at the Catalan Government Palace presented the new International Research Institute on Leukemia (Institut Internacional de Recerca contra la Leucèmia), linked to the Josep Carreras Foundation. Taking part in the action were the President of the Catalan Government, José Montilla, the tenor Josep Carreras, the Catalan Minister for Health, Marina Geli, the Catalan Minister for Innovation, Universities and Enterprise, Josep Huguet and the Mayor of Badalona, Jordi Serra. Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, together with the Josep Carreras Foundation and the Catalan Government, will be the main sponsors of this initiative.

The new institute will be the first Spanish center, and one of only a few worldwide, dedicated exclusively to research on malignant blood diseases. The initiative is the result of three great efforts: the personal will of the tenor Josep Carreras, whose foundation has been fighting leukemia for more than 20 years; the excellent Catalan scientific standard in the field of hematology; and the support of the Catalan government in consolidating Catalonia as a pioneer in biotechnology and biomedicine.

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The Translational Research Group on Liver Cancer Receives the AACR INNOVATOR Award

Dr. Josep Maria Llovet The American Association of Cancer Research has awarded Dr. Josep Maria Llovet of the IDIBAPS Liver Cancer team with the 2009 Landon Foundation – AACR INNOVATOR Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research. This prestigious award provides funding for large lines of collaborative research in cancer.

The translational research group led by Dr. Llovet is a paradigm of collaboration in network, as it takes part in many initiatives, such as the CIBER on Liver and Digestive Diseases (CIBERehd) and the HCC Genomic Project international consortium. Dr. Llovet himself combines his responsibilities as professor of ICREA research at the IDIBAPS and as director of the HCC Research Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

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Wednesday April 01st, 2009

Activation of the Prefrontal Cortex Improves Working Memory

Dr. Albert Compte leads the study on working memory

Working memory or short-term memory is related to the ability to pass intelligence tests and is stored in the parietal cortex. However, the role of other areas of the cortex which are activated during use of visual memory is poorly understood. An IDIBAPS team has programmed a complex virtual system that simulates a network of neurons, according to which the prefrontal cortex reinforces the activation of the parietal cortex. This makes is possible to increase the working-memory capacity when necessary. This hypothesis is confirmed by functional magnetic resonance data.

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Thursday March 26th, 2009

Online Encounter With Dr. Elias Campo

El Dr. Elies Campo ha estat avui al xat de Diario MédicoDr. Elias Campo, director of the Center for Biomedical Diagnosis (CDB) of Hospital Clínic de Barcelona was invited today, 26 March, to the “Encuentros Digitales” chat section of Diario Médico, an open participation space, where he answered the questions posed by the online users of this specialist publication. You can access the transcription of the chat via the following link: Diario Médico.

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Tuesday March 17th, 2009

Science, Technology and IDIBAPS at Saló de l’Ensenyament 2009

Virtual Olympics al Salo de l'Ensenyament
This year’s edition of Saló de l’Ensenyament is being held from 18 to 22 March. This fair is already a classic event for those who have not yet decided what to study in the future or who want to broaden their education. The fair provides the most complete range of resources for taking decisions, with representatives from many areas of teaching, such as secondary education, vocational training, university studies, complementary studies, languages, occupational training and education services.

Of note is the creation of the Science and Technology Zone, which opens a door onto the work of universities, research centers, businesses, technological associations, etc. The aim of this area is to provide a close-up view of the results of scientific research and technological innovation. IDIBAPS is present at the EventLab stand, where you will find representatives of the Systems Neuroscience team led by María V. Sánchez-Vives.

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