Mutations in the dark region of the genome cause leukaemia
A study published on 22 of July in Nature involving members of the Biomedical Genomics Research Group, directed by Núria López Bigas, ICREA researcher at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences.
The cause of the extraordinary resistance of bacterial biofilms has been identified
Published on 22 July in Nature. It paves the way for new methods to eradicate bacterial biofilm infections and better understand the growth of tumours and stem cell aggregates. A study jointly directed by Jordi García-Ojalvo, a researcher at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, and Gurol Süel from the University of California (USA).
The populations of east Africa have great genetic diversity
The African region from which the first humans migrated to the rest of the world. A study published in Scientific Reports, coordinated by Jaume Bertranpetit, principal investigator of the Evolutionary Systems Biology Research Group of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF).
The way to reduce the adverse cognitive effects of cannabis has been identified
A breakthrough that opens the door to new targets to optimize its therapeutic use according to a study coordinated by the Neuropharmacology Laboratory of the CEXS directed by Rafael Maldonado and Patricia Robledo, published on 9 July in the journal PloS Biology.
The Bioinformatics Barcelona Association is created
Arcadi Navarro, director of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, is a member of the first governing board of the organization that aims to act as a catalyst for initiatives in advanced research, and knowledge and technology transfer.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra will lead the European project HEIRRI for the integration of RRI in higher education
Universitat Pompeu Fabra will lead the European project HEIRRI: Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation , which aims to integrate the concept of "Responsible Research and Innovation", or RRI, in the science and engineering degrees, mainly focusing on universities and other higher education institutions (HEI). The HEIRRI project starts on September the 1 st, will last three years and has an approximate budget of one and a half million Euros, partly funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme.
Three postdoctoral researchers are to join the UPFellows programme at DCEXS

Within the Marie Curie COFUND action of the 7  th Framework Programme, six postdoctoral young scientists will be working in research groups of the departments of Experimental and Health Sciences, Economics and Business and Information and Communication Technologies.

The UPFellows programme provides opportunities for professional development to young postdoctoral candidates of any nationality from centres abroad who wish to pursue their careers in science within Catalan territory, under the supervision of a  senior scientific mentor.

Green spaces influence the cognitive growth in children
According the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and coordinated by Jordi Sunyer, professor in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at DCEXS and researchers at CREAL.
Francisco X. Real chairs the European Pancreatic Club's Congress, which is this year focused on the social aspects of this disease
The Professor of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) and leader of the Epithelial Carcinogenesis Group from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, chairs the organizing committee of the 47 th annual congress of the European Pancreatic Club (EPC), which takes place in Toledo (Spain) from June 24 th to 26 th. It is expected to involve more than 600 experts from the five continents.
The NeuroPharmacology lab wins for the second time the Esteve Foundation Research Award
The group, led by Rafael Maldonado, presented an investigation on Fragile X Syndrome that was published at Nature Medicine on 2013 and that was part of the doctorate thesis of Arnau Busquets.
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