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  • March 8, 2018

    A non-invasive method allows detecting a high frequency of undiagnosed chronic liver disease

    Researchers at Hospital Clínic and IDIBAPS in collaboration with the USR Metropolitana Nord-IDIAP Jordi Gol, from the Catalan Institute of Health, have carried out a study to determine the frequency of chronic liver disease in the general population who show no signs of disease. They evaluated more than 3,000 people of whom about 4% had an undiagnosed advanced liver disease and at high risk of developing cirrhosis or liver cancer. The study was performed using the elastography, a non-invasive technique to measure liver fibrosis.

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  • February 22, 2018

    Virtual reality improves empathy in abusers

    Researchers from IDIBAPS and the University of Barcelona have developed a virtual reality system so that men who have committed a crime of gender violence can put themselves in the role of the victim. In the study, publiched in Scientific Reports, the authors show that men who commit domestic violence have a deficit in emotion recognition and that the virtual experience can improve their recognition of emotions. 

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  • January 24, 2018

    Fourth call of the PhD4MD biomedical research training programme for medical doctors

    The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute  (IDIBAPS), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), and the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) have launched the fourth call of the training programme “PhD for Medical Doctors – PhD4MD”.

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  • January 23, 2018

    Researchers identify a protein that keeps metastatic breast cancer cells dormant

    The time needed for breast cancer metastases (secondary lesions caused by cells that have escaped from the original tumour) to develop varies between patients, and little is known about the mechanisms that govern latency (the dormant state of cells that have already spread through the body). A study headed by ICREA researcher Roger Gomis at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) has identified the genes involved in the latent asymptomatic state of breast cancer metastases. The work sheds light on the molecular basis underlying how the expression of certain genes facilitates the spread of metastatic lesions. Dr. Aleix Prat, Head of the Clinical Oncology Department at Hospital Clínic and of the Translational genomics and targeted therapeutics in solid tumors research team at IDIBAPS, has participated in this study.

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  • December 16, 2017

    A new combination of antibiotics allows treating 60% of hospital-acquired pneumonia

    A study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows the ability of a new antibiotic (ceftazimida-avibactam) to treat hospital-acquired pneumonia, including ventilation-associated pneumonia. It has similar efficacy to one of the most used type of antibiotics in the treatment of this infection, carbapenems, but has the advantage of overcoming problems derived from its administration, such as the resistance of certain bacteria. Dr. Antoni Torres, Head of the Respiratory Intensive Surveillance Unit (UVIR) of the Hospital Clínic and head of the IDIBAPS team on Applied research in infectious respiratory diseases, critically ill patients and lung cancer, is the principal investigator of the study and first author of the article.

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