Surgical Mesh with gold and without gold treatment Light and nanotechnology combine to prevent biofilms on medical implants 12.06.2020

ICFO and B. Braun Surgical develop a new technique that could prevent bacterial contamination and infection in medical implantsThe procedure generates heat via the application of light radiation onto gold nanoparticles on the implantsThis advance may contribute to avoid post-surgery complications, keeping minor surgeries as safe as possible. On surgical meshes, caveats, and how to […]

Effects of circadian clock in ageing The biological rhythm of ageing 21.09.2018

Aged stem cells conserve circadian rhythm but now perform another set of functions to tackle the problems that arise with age,” explains ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah, leader of two studies published in Cell Press by scientists at IRB Barcelona, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the University of California, Irvine (US). Rejecting the scientific dogma […]

Article Alzheimers On the protective effects of Alzheimer’s on Cancer 23.04.2018

A study published in the journal Scientific Reports studies the comorbility relations between these two diseases. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have a higher risk of developing glioblastoma and a lower risk of lung cancer. A paper published in Scientific Reports by researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), headed by Alfonso Valencia, a […]

Gene expression patterns may help determine time of death Gene expression patterns may help determine time of death 22.04.2018

International team of scientists led by Roderic Guigó at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona showed that changes in gene expression in different tissues triggered by death can be used to predict the time of death of an individual. As reported in a paper published in Nature Communications today, researchers suggest that by analysing a few […]

Autoimmune diseases New spin-off Ahead Therapeutics SL to develop novel therapies for autoimmune diseases 18.04.2018

Ahead Therapeutics SL is the result of a joint research project with a strong nano component between the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), the ICN2 and ICREA. It was created to advance the development of therapies for autoimmune diseases and pursue their application in a clinical setting. Just a few months in, the […]

Old Lady Cell autophagy, a key process in muscle regeneration during aging 09.04.2018

The ability for skeletal muscle to regenerate depends on its stem cells, known as satellite cells, which are found in a resting state (quiescence) and are activated when damage occurs to the tissues. In tissues with little turnover, as is the case of skeletal muscle, this state of reversible quiescence  is the normal state throughout […]

Heart with coronary arteries The mechanism that positions the heart on the left

Our bodies show an external bilateral symmetry. However, there are many internal asymmetries. As such, our liver is on the right while the spleen and heart are on the left. During embryonic development, all these organs appear at the midline and later they are displaced to their final position. This process is essential for correct […]

E. coli bacteria New DNA error repair machinery – opening prospects in biomedicine and industry

An article published in Nature Communications shows that some microorganisms have a hitherto unknown system for detection and correction of errors in the genetic material. This mechanism prevents some bacteria, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, from easily developing resistance to antibiotics. This research opens the door to the development of new strategies to combat antibiotic resistance […]

CNIC PulseImage A fast MRI tech to revolutionize heart disease diagnostics 08.03.2018

A close to eight-year long collaboration between CNIC and Philips has yielded a technological development which will reduce the diagnostics time, and accessibility of nuclear resonance diagnostics for heart disease from up to an hour, to only one minute or less. This opens up the possibility to increase drastically the number of patients which can […]

ICN2 Research A nanophenomenon that triggers the bone-repair process 15.02.2018

Researchers of the ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics Group led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalan have resolved one of the great unknowns in bone remodelling: how the cells responsible for forming new bone tissue are called into action. Their work reveals the possible role of an electromechanical phenomenon at the nanoscale, flexoelectricity, not only in stimulating the […]

Neurons and synapses New evidence to the mechanism of vesicle fusion during neurotransmission 12.02.2018

Researchers from the Structural Biology Unit (SBU) provided high resolution snapshots of a protein complex involved in the regulation of synaptic vesicle fusion. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences journal (PNAS), the study sheds new light into the understanding of the neurotransmission mechanism. Neurons are able to communicate with others through […]

The Nano Electronic Diagnostic Array (NEDxA) NEDxA, commercialized by Genomica 09.02.2018

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) The Nano Electronic Diagnostic Array (NEDxA) is the result of the Joint Research Unit between IBEC’s Nanobioengineering group, led by Josep Samitier, and Genomica S.A.U. (Grupo Zeltia), the leading Spanish company in molecular diagnostics. NEDxA-HPV is a new in vitro diagnostics device for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing, a new […]