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  • October 31, 2014

    IDIBAPS celebrates the first course on innovation and diabetes within the AstraZeneca Chair

    The Institute of Biomedical Research August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) held on 23 and 24 October the first training course of the AstraZeneca Chair in Diabetes Innovation entitled "Innovation and diabetes: new strategies for implementation of research into clinical practice". It was addressed to specialists and primary care physicians, and its main objective was to convey the interest and research value to understand, prevent and cure diabetes and its complications. Another aspect discussed in this course was innovation in communication to achieve a change in patient's attitude towards the disease. This course was led by Dr. Ramon Gomis, Director of IDIBAPS, and Dr. Daniel Figuerola, from the  Rossend Carrasco and Formiguera Foundation has collaborated together with other clinical experts and researchers in the field of type 2 diabetes from IDIBAPS and Hospital Clinic.

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  • October 27, 2014

    New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours

    IDIBAPS and Hospital Clínic have participated in the development of a new computational method that enables to detect genetic changes responsible for the onset and progression of tumors in a simple, quick and precise way. The research is published in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Nature Biotechnology. This methodology, called SMUFIN (Somatic Mutations Finder), is capable of analyzing the complete genome of a tumor and identifying its mutations in a few hours. In addition, it is able to identify alterations which had previously not been revealed, even using methods which require the use of supercomputers over several weeks.

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  • October 6, 2014

    IDIBAPS at CCCB: Helping to decipher the brain

    On 30 September, as part of the "Big Bang Data" exposition at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), Dr. Albert Compte, head of the IDIBAPS team Theoretical Neurobiology of Cortical Circuits and Dr. Jaime de la Rocha, researcher at the same group, taught the workshop "Helping  to decipher the brain? Large-scale projects to decipher the brain". The participants in this activity were able to see firsthand which tools are available for investigators in neurosciences and the use of large databases for advanced research in this field. They also contributed, through different applications, to know a little better how the brain works.

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  • October 6, 2014

    Calreticulin mutations help diagnose occult myeloproliferative neoplasms in patients with splanchnic vein thrombosis

    Myeloproliferative neoplasms (Fildadelfia chromosome-negative) are the most common cause of splanchnic vein thrombosis, but they are often masked. A study led by IDIBAPS has found that screening for mutations in the gene encoding calreticulin (CALR) increases the number of diagnoses of this type of cancer and may reduce the need for additional studies, such as bone marrow biopsy, in some patients. This is the first study to evaluate the frequency of these mutations in a large number of patients.

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  • September 23, 2014

    Art and science meet at the first workshop on scientific sketching at IDIBAPS

    The August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) held on Saturday 20th September its first public workshop on urban natural drawing (sketching). The initiative promoted by IDIBAPS in collaboration with the Drawing on Location School was successful both in organization and participation. One hundred talented people for drawing and curiosity for science and an organizing a team of thirty people, gathered in this original open day.

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