Colon and rectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cause of death due to cancer in Catalonia, among both men and women, after lung and breast cancer, respectively. A total of 4500 new cases are diagnosed each year and almost 2000 people die each year from this type of tumor. These data are the result of late-stage diagnosis of the disease, as there is little knowledge regarding early diagnosis. In fact, if the cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be cured in 90% of cases. An information campaign is therefore necessary to explain the relevance of this tumor and the possibility of detecting it at an early stage. In this context, Hospital del Mar and Hospital Clínic of Barcelona are taking part, together with the Spanish Alliance for the Prevention of CRC, in the installation of a “giant colon” in Plaça Ferrè i Carrigal (C/. Casanova, 143, in front of the Faculty of Medicine). This is an inflatable structure in the shape of a colon and contains the exhibition “A journey through the colon”, the aim of which is to provide information on the disease and how to prevent it.
Taking part in the inaugural ceremony were Dr. Montserrat Andreu, head of the Hospital del Mar gastroenterology department and coordinator of the Alliance for the Prevention of CRC in Catalonia, Dr. Antoni Trilla. director of Clinical Quality and Safety at Hospital Clínic, and Ms. Dolores de Oya, chairwoman of the AECC in Barcelona. The exhibition will be open to the public on 21 and 22 April.
On 16 April, the Sala Farreras Valentí of Hospital Clínic, Barcelona was the venue for the presentation of the book “El negoci sanitari. Vint anys de gestió que van canviar l’Hospital Clínic (1983-2003)” by Joan Grau, the manager of the Clínic during this period. He led the team that carried out the physical and organizational transformation of the hospital to make it one of the best in Spain and a reference standard in European health care.
La Pedrera became a huge laboratory on 15 and 16 April. Barcelona Science Park (Parc Científic de Barcelona) organized the 7th edition of the Live Research Fair (Fira en Directe), an initiative to explain the work of Catalan research centers to the public. Over the course of two days, more than 10 centers explain some of their lines of research to visitors to the fair. Many active researchers explain what they do and invite the public to interact with elements relating to their work.
In this edition, IDIBAPS worked with the Respiratory Immunology-Allergy Unit. At our stand, Dr. Aida Herrerias and Mariona Serra presented their research on the treatment of asthma, a disease that affects more than 300 million people and for which there is, as yet, no effective treatment. Using explanatory posters, videos explaining the experimental model and a microscope provided by Olympus, visitors were able to gain a greater understanding of this disease and what is being done to combat it.
The joint effort of the two institutions has led to some highly notable results over the past decade. Peter Löscher, the chief executive of the German brand at world level, visited the facilities of the Catalan center, which uses advanced technology developed by Siemens, one of the biggest providers in the health care industry. These include the CORE laboratory and all the diagnostic imaging technology, the basis of the Stroke Functional Unit, which has been in operation for six months.
The campaign was the result of an idea put forward on the “Suc de Coco” program on Catalunya Ràdio, with the aim of collecting orthopedic material to send to Senegal. The Associació d’Amputats Sant Jordi (Sant Jordi Amputees Association) and the courier MRW are collaborating in the campaign.
Last week, on 26 and 27 March, the second meeting of the Clínic-IDIBAPS Institute for Health Care Research was held at the Hilton Diagonal hotel. On this occasion, the conference took a closer look at research in neuroscience, with the aim of exchanging knowledge with other pioneering centers such as the Barcelona Institute for Biomedical Research and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. The conference dealt with different diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson, schizophrenia and other neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases) from the different levels of research, from basic to clinical, placing special emphasis on translational research.