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Monday March 09th, 2009

The Journals PNAS and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Acknowledge the Work of the Researchers of Hospital Clínic – IDIBAPS

Articles reconeguts a PNAS i Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

The number and quality of the articles signed by researchers from Hospital Clínic and IDIBAPS continues to grow. There have been 2 recent examples of how this work has been receiving considerable international recognition.

First, the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) dedicated a 2-page illustrated commentary on the print edition of an article that appeared online in mid-January. This underlines the relevance of the results presented in the article, which described the efficacy of CD5 protein to treat septic shock caused by fungi. This study was carried out in collaboration with Hospital del Mar, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and East Tennessee State University and, together with previous complementary research by the team, could become the first effective response to fungal and bacterial septic shock. The study was coordinated by Dr. Francisco Lozano and the main authors were Dr. Jorge Vera and Dr. Rafael Fenutria.

Also, the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, one of the most important journals worldwide in the area of gastroenterology, has congratulated the authors of research published in September 2008. The article became the 11th most viewed online through Sciencedirect. This study on the treatment of gastric vascular lesions was signed by Dr. Samuel Herrera and Dr. Josep M. Bordas (main authors) and by Dr. Antoni Castells.

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Thursday March 05th, 2009

IDIBAPS Receives Accreditation as a Health Care Research Institute from the Ministry of Science and Innovation

L'IDIBAPS, acreditat pel IIS

Accreditations for Health Care Research Institutes were awarded for the first time at an event held today at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid. The Institute d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) – Hospital Clínic, Barcelona was the first center to be accredited and this fact has now been formalized. A further 3 Catalan centers have now joined IDIBAPS – the research institutes of the Vall d’Hebron, Bellvitge and Germans Trias i Pujol hospitals. Apart from the 4 Catalan hospitals, the Biomedicine Institute of Seville (IBIS) has also been accredited.

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Friday February 27th, 2009

Principal Cause of Cerebral Atrophy in Multiple Sclerosis Unknown.

Dr. Pablo Villoslada

Until now, it was thought that the lesions or plaques observed in the white matter were the cause of the damage to the brain. New data indicates that these plaques account for only 30% of the atrophy in the grey matter; other unexplained neurodegenerative mechanisms are therefore also implicated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday February 24th, 2009

A New Technology Identifies Genes Implicated in the Development of Liver Cancer.

Dr. Augusto Villanueva i Dr. Josep Mª Llovet

This study, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology and led by Dr. Josep Maria Llovet of Hospital Clínic de  Barcelona – IDIBAPS together with researchers from the University of Minnesota (USA), describes for the first time a new technology for genetic manipulation in experimental animals for identifying therapeutic targets that facilitate the development of drugs that improve patient outcome.

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Friday February 20th, 2009

Stem Cells to Treat Crohn’s Disease

When drugs don’t work and surgery is not possible, transplanting stem cells from the patient’s own bone marrow is an effective alternative for the treatment of this chronic disease.

Equip mèdic de l'Hospital Clínic amb els tres pacients intervinguts

Cellular therapy with stem cells is revolutionizing the focus of treatment of many serious diseases. Replacing the cells of damaged tissue with other new cells from the same patient is already a reality. This is the basis of cellular therapy and regenerative medicine, the latest great advance in biomedicine. In this line, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona is leading the world in the application of an innovative cellular therapy that uses stem cells to treat Crohn’s disease, a chronic genetic disease that affects 1% of the population in Spain and which has considerable impact on the quality of life of the patients. The procedure is based on an autologous bone-marrow transplant (when patients receive a transplant of their own stem cells) and now constitutes a treatment option to cure an intestinal disease that sometimes does not successfully respond to drugs and requires highly complex surgery that does not provide a cure.

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Chagas Disease: a Disease Without Frontiers

Vídeo Clínic-UB sobre què és la Malaltia de Chagas i per què és un problema global. Read the rest of this entry »

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