Posts Tagged ‘Rafael Oliva’

Monday December 30th, 2013

The sperm cell contains a range of proteins involved in RNA metabolism and translational regulation

The recent use of advanced proteomic approaches is clearly challenging the understanding of sperm biology. The group led by Dr. Rafael Oliva, within the IDIBAPS Molecular genetics Team, has provided in the recent years a series of original works about the composition and complexity of sperm. With a new review, published recently at Human Reproduction Update with Alexandra Amaral as its firs author, the team discusses various human sperm proteomic studies to create a compiled list of all the sperm proteins described to date and to re-assess the potential functional implications. The group also leads the Reprotrain project, funded by the European Commission.

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Thursday June 27th, 2013

A project led by Oliva Dr. Rafael Oliva awarded a Merck Serono Research Grant for Clinical Research

Since 1991, the Fundación Salud 2000 calls annually the Merck Serono Research Grants to fund projects aimed at unpublished research conducted by Spanish research teams in various biomedical areas. Among the winners of the 2013 edition there is Dr. Rafael Oliva, from the IDIBAPS Human Genetics team, Hospital Clínic and the Department of Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona.

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Monday February 11th, 2013

An study suggests that sperm can use fatty acids as fuel

According to a recent article in the magazine: Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, a series of experiments suggest that sperm can get the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) that gives them the energy to move, from the fatty acid metabolized by peroxisomal and mitochondrial pathways. To know that these metabolic enzymes are in human sperm would mean a significant progress in the knowledge of the metabolism of spermatozoa. The study has been carried out by Dr. Alexandra Amaral, Dr. Rafael Oliva, and Dr. Josep Lluís Ballesca, from the Research Group Human Genetics IDIBAPS, Hospital Clínic and the Department of Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine University of Barcelona. Dr. Oliva also heads the Marie Curie Initial Training Network REPROTRAIN (Reproductive Biology Early Research Training), funded by the European Commission, which aims to train a new generation of researchers in Male Reproductive Biology and Andrology. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday June 28th, 2012

Reprotrain trains a new generation of researchers in Male Reproductive Biology and Andrology

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Reprotrain (Reproductive Biology Early Research Training) aims to provide the key elements to train and update the new generation of researchers with the skills to solve increasingly prevalent problems relating to Male Reproductive Biology and Andrology. It is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission, recently awarded to Dr. Rafael Oliva, MD PhD, scientific researcher at the IDIBAPS , consultor at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and teacher of human genetics at the University of Barcelona.

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Wednesday May 06th, 2009

The Functions of Spermatozoa go Beyond Transmission of the Paternal Genome

D'esq. a dta.: el Dr. Rafael Oliva i la Dra. Sara Mateo, del grup d’Investigación en Genètica Humana del IDIBAPS-Hospital Clínic, i el Dr. Josep Maria Estanyol, de la Unitat de Proteòmica de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universitat de Barcelona.

According to an article published in the journal Proteomics (9(4):1004-17), certain human spermatozoon nuclear proteins associated with chromatin have epigenetic potential. This means that it may play a key role in the activation of some genes during initial embryonic development. The study was carried out by Dr. Rafael Oliva and Dr. Sara Mateo of the IDIBAPS-Hospital Clínic Human Genetics Research group, and Dr. Josep María Estanyol of the proteomics unit of the faculty of medicine at the University of Barcelona.

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