Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer - IDIBAPS - News 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.  ]]> February 22, 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”. ]]> January 24, 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. ]]> January 23, 2018