“It is a privilege to live off what you love”

An interview published in Ellipse, the monthly magazine of the PRBB. Mar Albà is a biologist who has moved from the lab to the computer and the analysis of the genome. After five years in England, she joined the UPF with a Ramon y Cajal contract, and since 2005 she is an ICREA Research Professor. Currently she coordinates the group of Evolutionary Genomics at the GRIB (IMIM/UPF) and the subject ‘Principles of Genome Bioinformatics’ at the master of Bioinformatics at the UPF. Since several months she has added motherhood to those tasks. What memories do you have from your PhD?  It … Continue reading “It is a privilege to live off what you love”

“Bone is constantly renewing, living tissue”

The history of the group goes back to the early 80s, when doctors Jaume Aubia and Adolf Díez set up the bone metabolism research group. “At this time we had just started to use densiometers to measure bone density”, explains Xavier Nogués, coordinator of the current Genetics of Osteoporosis research group at the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute) and head of the internal medicine service at the Hospital del Mar. “It was after 1998 when the genetics side was developed more specifically, focusing on osteoporosis”, he says. That was when the collaboration with the Genetics Department of the University … Continue reading “Bone is constantly renewing, living tissue”

“These corridors hold some of the best specialists in the world”

An interview recently published in Ellipse, the monthly magazine of the PRBB. Tempted by journalism, Josep Maria Antó finally plumped for medicine. Specialising in pneumonia and epidemiology he discovered his passion for research in the 80s when he was directing research on the asthma epidemics in Barcelona. A pioneer in the study of environmental factors on respiratory diseases, he joined the IMIM in 1988 and the UPF in 1999. Since 2005 he has been directing the CREAL and the Respiratory Diseases research programme. What are your memories from the early years of the old Municipal Institute of Public Health?  It was … Continue reading “These corridors hold some of the best specialists in the world”

The colours of science

Science, in its day-to-day form, presents itself full of colours, as many as a painter’s palette and with the rainbow’s range of tonalities. The single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most common variations of the human genome. These small modifications are very useful in medical research of complex diseases and to develop new drugs. The SNPs present few variations between generations, a fact that allows us to follow the evolutionary processes in studies of population genetics. They are also used in some genetic tests, such as paternity tests or forensic analyses. The use of SNP arrays, seen in the image, … Continue reading The colours of science