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Tuesday January 17th, 2017

Researchers discover a protein that protects against fatty liver, the most common hepatic disease in Western countries

A team co-headed by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the IDIBAPS Biomedical Research Institute (part of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona) has revealed the capacity of the CPEB4 protein to prevent fatty liver disease. This condition generally leads to chronic inflammation (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis), which can trigger fibrosis, cirrhosis and ultimately liver cancer. This study on the basic biology of the liver paves the way to examine therapeutic strategies to fight and prevent fatty liver disease. The results have appeared in Nature Cell Biology this week.

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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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Wednesday January 04th, 2017

A new drug has been developed for the treatment of autoimmune diseases

IDIBAPS researchers have participated in a study that shows how a new experimental drug could curb a wide variety of autoimmune diseases such as asthma, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis without blocking the body’s natural response against infections caused by pathogens.

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Friday December 23rd, 2016

IDIBAPS is the Spanish biomedical center that has received more funds from Horizon 2020 in 2015

The European Commission has published the Horizon 2020 Monitoring report for 2015. This document includes, among others, the 50 institutions that have received the most funding for research in the calls made up to 2015.

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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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