“Air pollution is the major environmental contamination in the developed world”

The group directed by Jordi Sunyer is part of the Research Centre for Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) and focuses on three research lines, which are based on general population studies. While two junior scientists analyze the effect of pollutants on the respiratory system and hormonal disruption, the main research of Jordi Sunyer himself focuses on the neurological development of children. To breastfeed or not to breastfeed  Sunyer, who is the co-director of CREAL and also the director of the epidemiology and public health programme of the IMIM, seeks to point out environmental factors to which the pregnant woman was or is … Continue reading “Air pollution is the major environmental contamination in the developed world”

“It’d like to understand the real nature of B-cell diversity”

An interview published in Ellipse, the monthly magazine of the PRBB. Andrea Cerutti is a 44-year old Italian ICREA research professor who joined the IMIM in 2010, after moving from Padua to New York. Here he leads the B-cell laboratory in parallel with his former lab at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. As an immunologist he aims to understand the basic principles underlying B-cell functions leading to the diversification of antibodies.   Why did you come to Spain?  After 14 years in the USA coming to Spain was not only a scientific, but also a very personal … Continue reading “It’d like to understand the real nature of B-cell diversity”

Coloring the formation of the skeleton

During the endochondral bone formation of vertebrates, the mesenchyme condensates and gives rise to cartilage which eventually is replaced by bone. In the picture performed by Ulrike Brandt-Bohne from the Genes and Disease Department of the CRG the bones of a newborn mouse are stained pink and the cartilages which are not ossified stained blue with an Alcian Blue/Alzizarin Red Skeletal Staining procedure. The aim of this staining was to visualize the skeletal structure of WT (wild type) versus mutant mouse models in order to detect changes in the skeletal morphology. Continue reading Coloring the formation of the skeleton