Jaume Garcia Villar, appointed member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board

He is a full professor with the Department of Economics and Business at UPF and a researcher at the Center for Research in Health and Economics. He received the distinction thanks to his exceptional career in the field of statistics.


Researchers identify a fetal biomarker for the prognosis of brain abnormalities

They are studying ventriculomegaly, a condition associated with the appearance of brain abnormalities in the long term. The results of the study have been published in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical and its authors are members of the SIMBIOsys research group, together with researchers of Hospital Clínic and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona. 


A new MOOC is to introduce the concept of responsible research and innovation

Concepts and Practice of Responsible Research and Innovation is the name of the new open online course offered by UPF through the HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation) project. The course will begin on 26 February and registrations are still open. 

Towards a circular industrial economy by means of synthetic biology

Within the European project MADONNA, chemical reactions not found in nature but common in industry and chemical engineering will be introduced in biological networks. As a result, industry will be transformed into a cyclic process in which waste and pollutants will become assets instead of liabilities 


The BGSMath and UPF bring mathematics and business together to streamline the digital revolution of Industry 4.0

On 19 February on the Ciutadella campus, “Maths for Industry 4.0” is to bring together mathematicians who work in statistics, modelling and data science with the companies best prepared to enter the digital transformation. The conference is one of the initiatives of Mobile Week in Barcelona.


Eight researchers to start their scientific career at UPF thanks to Marie Curie grants

So proclaimed the European Commission on 29 January. By fields, three grants are for researchers with the Department of Humanities, two with the Department of Economics and Business, one with the Department of Law, one with the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, and one with the Department of Language Sciences. A total of almost 1.3 million euros to boost research.


A new online open course to show the culture and society of Catalonia

“Getting to know Catalonia: An Introduction to the Catalan Language, Culture and Society” is the new MOOC offered by UPF, coordinated by the Pompeu Fabra chair. The course, which is now open for registrations, starts on 2 April.


Eight Marie Curie grants awarded to UPF

By departments, three projects for Humanities, two for Economics and Business and one for each of the different projects submitted by Law, Translation and Language Sciences, and Centre for Brain and Cognition of the DTIC.

El deporte base no se escapa de la lacra de los amaños

Artículo de opinión de José Luis Pérez Triviño, profesor de Filosofía del derecho, acreditado como catedrático, del Departamento de Derecho de la UPF; director de la revista Fair Play, y presidente de la Asociación Española de Filosofía del Deporte.

The perpetuation of romantic myths may justify gender violence

Such is the conclusion of a study published in the journal Young by María José Masanet, Pilar Medina-Bravo and Joan Ferrés, researchers with the Department of Communication, who have studied in depth the response by adolescents to series targeting young people.


A key piece for invading and generating metastasis in the brain discovered

An international team of researchers led by Miguel Ángel Valverde, of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at UPF, shows for the first time that ion channels capable of detecting changes in the physical properties of the cell environment play a key role in the process of tumour invasion and metastasis.The discovery could turn these channels into the target of new drugs that reduce the risk of metastasis.


Gene expression patterns may help determine time of death

International team of scientists shows that changes in gene expression in different tissues can be used to predict the time of death of individuals. Their results, which are published in Nature Communications this week, may have implications for forensic analyses.


It’s safe to drink coffee, but it’s doubtful whether it can reduce cardiovascular risk or the risk of cancer

These are the findings of a new evaluation by Nutrimedia, a project of the Science Communication Observatory of the Department of Communication, with the collaboration of the Cochrane Iberoamerican Center (CCIB), which has analysed the results of the main studies on the effects of coffee on adults, pregnant women, children and adolescents.


A gene that increases the risk of pancreatic cancer controls inflammation in normal tissue

Healthy cells suppress inflammation unless it is required. This finding suggests new strategies to improve the prevention of pancreatic cancer. The research, lead by Francisco Real, full professor at the Department of Health and Experimental Sciencies, is published on the 14th of February in Nature magazine.


The rector’s office hosts the general meeting of the Alliance 4 Universities, reviewing the various projects under way

Pelegrí Viader, acting rector of UPF, along with Margarita Arboix, Juan Romo and Rafael Garesse, rectors of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Carlos III and Autonomous Universities of Madrid, participated in the meeting, which dealt with the various issues concerning research, teaching and international relations in which the Alliance is working.


“Nowadays I am more concerned about girls that don’t want to study technical degrees”

Ana Freire is a post-doctoral researcher with the Research Group on Web Science and Social Computing (WSSC) of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies. She is a promoter of UPF’s new bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Engineering in Data Science and co-organizer of Wisibilízalas, a competition for young people for the dissemination and promotion of women’s work in technology.


Perturbing the brain to discover its dynamics during wakefulness and deep sleep

This new methodological approach only possible in computational models is presented in a study published in the journal NeuroImage of which Gustavo Deco, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, is the first author, signing in conjunction with members of his team and with international participation.


UPF becomes established in the “Champions league” of research

The University confirms its ability to attract European funding, based on the results it obtained between 2014 and 2017, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme.


The quality of the University’s international outreach, recognized at the closing ceremony of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme

Isabel Valverde, vice-rector for projects in the field of international outreach, received the recognition in the course of an event held on 18 December at the Theatre Royal in Madrid. Also distinguished was Josep Gayón, a student of Audiovisual Communication, who did a stage at the University of California, Berkeley.


The control mechanism that prevents damage to the genome when the cellular processes of replication and transcription coincide in time has been identified

The results obtained allow opening a new path in the diagnosis and prognosis of diseases associated with genome instability. The research, published today in Nature Communications, has been led by Francesc Posas and Eulàlia de Nadal, researchers of the Cell Signaling Research Group at UPF.

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