Fostering science interest in children: STEAM conference in Barcelona

A guest post by Andreea Munteanu, a researcher at the CRG. Mid April saw the celebration of the first Barcelona STEAM conference on the premises of CosmoCaixa. STEAM stands for STEM + A (Arts). “But what is STEM?”, many people, friends and family, have asked me.  It is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. This term was coined 15 years ago by the National Science Foundation from United States to designate the necessity of an integrated science education in schools. This need was the result of a wide-spread concern about the decline of science education and … Continue reading Fostering science interest in children: STEAM conference in Barcelona

Books and authors that inspire scientific vocations!

At the PRBB we started a campaign about a month ago called #passion4science. We are asking researchers around the globe to try and pinpoint an event, person, book, whatever, that caught their attention as a child and got them excited about science, about trying to understand, to learn, to experiment… We will be posting the results in storify and will do another post about it here soon, as well as sharing them through social media, so keep an eye out for #passion4science! But since today is International Book Day – and in Catalonia, where we are located, it’s a very spetial … Continue reading Books and authors that inspire scientific vocations!

In-silico selection of targeted anti-cancer therapies

The Biomedical Genomics group led by Núria López-Bigas at the Pompeu Fabra Unviersity have recently published a paper in Cancer Cell describing the landscape of anti-cancer targeted therapeutic opportunities across a cohort of patients of twenty eight of the most prevalent cancers. They first looked for all the driver mutations (mutations that ’cause’ the cancer) for each individual cancer, then collected information on all the existing therapeutic agents that target those mutations, and finally, combining both datasets, came up with anti-cancer targeted drugs that could potentially benefit each patient. You can read more about this paper on their blog post. Coinciding with the publication of that paper, the … Continue reading In-silico selection of targeted anti-cancer therapies

About Linux, Freedom and Science

Today we recover this post “Why Linux is awesome” by CRG researcher Guillaume Fillion in his blog “The grand locus“. He explains his personal experience with this operating system, what he has learned by using Linux and why, in his own words “it has made me a better scientist”. Curious? Read the full post! We’ll tell you the take-home message: “Following my experience of using Linux, I believe that freedom and openness lead to knowledge and competence“. Continue reading About Linux, Freedom and Science

El·lipse: Last edition of 2013!

The 2nd CEXS-UPF Symposium on Evolutionary Biology that took place in November at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) opens this edition of El·lipse, the park’s monthly newspaper. Also on the topic of evolution, Salvador Carranza (IBE) tells us about his research on reptile phylogeny. Other news include new findings on senescence and embryo development, lung cancer diagnosis, ‘mini-kidneys’ created from human stem cells, the benefits of long-term breastfeeding, new molecules involved in metastasis or computational models to decipher biological problems. On a more personal note, Baldomero Oliva (UPF) tells us about his scientific career and the secret to become … Continue reading El·lipse: Last edition of 2013!

El·lipse: Celebrating the 5th PRBB Open Day

The 5th Open Day at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) opens this edition of El·lipse, the park’s monthly newspaper. Other news include the celebration of the CRG 10th anniversary, new proteins important for cell division or for tumour growth, how stem cell dysfunction links cancer and ageing or a new drug against skin cancer. You will also learn about the “Jennifer Aniston” neurone from Rodrigo Quian, from the University of Leicester (UK), or about the effects of radiations from mobile phones on our health, a subject that Elisabeth Cardis (CREAL) and her group are studying. You can read a multimedia … Continue reading El·lipse: Celebrating the 5th PRBB Open Day

El·lipse: Spanish science suffers a 25% cut in the budget

The May 2012 edition of the PRBB newspaper, El.lipse, a monthly bilingual newspaper, is now available: http://bit.ly/KprWYh Is working at night harmful? This is one of the issues that the group of Manolis Kogevines (CREAL) is addressing in its research as explained in the new issue of El·lipse. You could also learn about the cutting-edge work with cord blood stem cells for transplants by Nadim Mahumd from the University of Illinois. The genetic origin of Afghanistan’s ethnic groups, the results of the most ambitious genetic study so far about osteoporosis and a European map of mental disorders are among the news that … Continue reading El·lipse: Spanish science suffers a 25% cut in the budget

Her Majesty the Queen visits our research park

The March 2012 edition of the PRBB newspaper, El.lipse, a monthly bilingual newspaper, is now available. To download a PDF version please click here. You can see a multimedia version here. Her Majesty the Queen of Spain has visited the FPM at the PRBB this February. Also, find out about the core facilities coalition that supports research at the park. Matthieu Louis, from the Centre for Genomic regulation (CRG), tells us about his research into Drosophila neuroscience, and Anna Bigas (IMIM-Hospital del Mar Research Institute) explains her life as a scientist. Other news include the repositioning of drugs for rare diseases; improving the value … Continue reading Her Majesty the Queen visits our research park

Moving in, moving out

With more than 1,400 people working at the PRBB, the movement of researchers coming and going is constant. One of the most recent acquisitions is Eduard Sabidó, who has just arrived to be the new head of the CRG/UPF Proteomics Unit. Eduard is coming from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHZ)  and will be leading this core facility which offers service to the whole park and beyond. A new young group leader has also joined the CRG recently. The French molecular biologist Guillaume Filion (who, as we mentioned in an earlier post, is currently looking for a postdoc) was … Continue reading Moving in, moving out

The February issue of Ellipse is out

In the 51st edition of El·lipse, The Pasqual Maragall Foundation for Alzheimer’s research announces the location of its new building, a few meters from the PRBB. Xavier Nogués (IMIM) talks about his research on osteoporosis while Jean Michel Claverie, from the CNRS, tells us about his discovery of mimiviruses. Other news include articles on why a bit of stress can be protective for your cells; the existence of spleen neutrophils; how the fate of embryonic stem cells is controlled; new targets against Duchenne dystrophy; and the discovery of new anti-angiogenic compounds. Also, how does temperature control sex? And what are … Continue reading The February issue of Ellipse is out