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Thursday December 15th, 2016

New cellular reprogramming technique counters hallmarks of aging

Scientists from Salk Institute for Biological Studies showed that One clue to halting or reversing aging lies in the study of cellular reprogramming, a process in which the expression of four genes known as the Yamanaka factors allows scientists to convert any cell into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) Like embryonic stem calls, iPSCs are capable of dividing indefinitely and becoming any cell type present in our body. Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory, is the senior author of the paper, published in Cell, in which also participated Dr. Josep Maria Campistol, CEO and nephrologist in Hospital Clínic, and researcher in IDIBAPS. Scientists from Universidad Católica de Murcia, among others, have also been involved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marc Claret receives a ‘Consolidator Grant’ from the European Research Council

Marc Claret, head of the IDIBAPS Group Neuronal Control of Metabolism, has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to study the populations of neurons that regulate the body’s energy status.

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Wednesday December 14th, 2016

CaixaImpulse selects two IDIBAPS projects to promote technology transfer

On Monday, December 12, Palau Macaya hosted the presentation of the selected projects in the second edition of CaixaImpulse, two of which are from IDIBAPS.

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Wednesday November 30th, 2016

Hospital Clínic will implement a new genomic test to predict response to treatment in breast cancer

Researchers from Hospital Clínic and IDIBAPS lead an international study in which they have developed a genomic test to predict the response to chemotherapy in breast cancer. Hospital Clínic of Barcelona will be the first hospital in the world to implement this third generation test. This test is based on the data produced by the second-generation test PAM50, and for which Hospital Clínic is one of the reference centers. The article, published today in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, has been coordinated by Dr. Aleix Prat, Head of the Clinical Oncology Department at Hospital Clínic, the Translational genomics and targeted therapeutics in solid tumors research team at IDIBAPS and the Translational Genomics group of the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO). The study has involved several hospitals in Spain within the GEICAM breast cancer co-operative group, researchers from the University of North Carolina (USA), the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust in London, the University of Otago (New Zealand) and The University of Edinburgh (Scotland).

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Thursday November 24th, 2016

Simvastatin can lengthen the survival of patients with cirrhosis

Gastroenterology has published a clinical trial promoted and coordinated by Hospital Clínic – IDIBAPS where it is shown that the addition of simvastatin to standard therapy in patients with cirrhosis can lengthen their survival. The article is signed by, among others, Dr. Jaume Bosch, hepatologist at Clínic and head of the research team Liver hemodynamics and portal hypertension of IDIBAPS; Dr. Juan Carlos García-Pagán and Juan González-Abraldes, from the same research group, and Dr. Fernando Torres, director of the IDIBAPS medical statistics platform. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

Stents, a good alternative for patients who until now had surgery as their only option

The New England Journal of Medicine has reported a study showing that some patients with coronary artery disease treated with stents coated with everolimus get the same three year survival than those undergoing bypass. In particular, it is people who suffer mild or moderate disease located in the left main coronary artery. Two researchers from the Clinic are authors of the study: Dr. Manel Sabaté, head of the Cardiology Department, who has also been the spanish coordinator, and Dr. José Luis Pomar, cardiac surgeon at the same hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

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