A new study by the Immunology of Diabetes Group, led by Marta Vives-Pi at the IGTP in conjunction with the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, builds on previous work led by the group in Hamburg. The new study looks into the effect of betamethasone on new-borns and its susceptibility to develop type 1 diabetes, when it is administered to mothers before birth. As well as corroborating the previous results and finding new changes in the developing immune system, the results also throw light onto the effect of the drug on the insulin-producing cells themselves.
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A study optimizes the probability of success for allogenic cell therapy in patients with heart failure
Researchers from the Heart Disease Research Group at the IGTP and the CIBER Cardiovascular Group both led by Dr Antoni Bayés prepare the way to optimize reparative cell therapy in heart failure patients. The study, carried out in conjunction with the Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility Laboratory and the Cell Therapy Unit of the Blood and Tissue Bank of Barcelona has studied the HLA allele and the frequency of haplotypes in a cohort of patients with heart failure as the first stage in optimizing future allogenic cell therapies for these patients.
Ana Gamez has been awarded one of the 2018 Pioner Awards from the CERCA Institute (Research Centres of Catalonia). The aim of the prize is to recognize and highlight researchers who have just read their thesis and whose results have a clear commercial orientation.
The professionals that make up the Reference Centre (CSUR) on Neurocutaneous Syndromes- Phakomatoses, have met up together at the IGTP. The aim of these regular meetings and mini-symposiums is to revise the work done in healthcare and research, including innovations, new approaches and the lines of research underway. The prescence of different professionals in the meeting provides a more global view of the work carried out by the whole group and a better reciprocal understanding of the healthcare and research aspects.
A novel method for combining laboratory work into a systems biology mathematical model unravels possible mechanisms for the failure of glucocorticoid therapy in ulcerative colitis
Researchers from the Digestive Inflammatory Pathology Research Group at the IGTP and the Spanish Network for Hepatic and Digestive Diseases (CIBEREHD) have identified key elements of the mechanism behind the failure of steroid treatments for ulcerative colitis in some patients. Treatment failure is one of the main obstacles in the management of this disease and the new findings could help prevent treatment failure and allow for more efficient rescue therapies when needed. The study also identifies a possible biomarker to predict which patients might suffer treatment failure. The research was led by Dr. Eugeni Domènech and Dr. Josep Manyé, and published recently in the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis.
Dr Rafael de Cid joined the institute in 2012 as the Scientific Director of the GCAT. Since then, the Project has been successfully set up and is now seeing the first research results. We asked him about the six publications that have appeared so far this year and what GCAT has in the pipeline.
The IGTP and the ICO join forces with the IRONMAN Project, the largest international registry for research into metastatic prostate cancer
The Urological Tumour Group of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO-B·ARGO) at the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) led by Dr Albert Font Pous in collaboration with the Urology and Radiology Service at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital have joined the IRONMAN Project this November. The project was created and is being mainly financed by the Movember Foundation.
Today over 200 students from 7 centres in Badalona studying the technical or scientific baccalaureate, or vocational training course in healthcare visited the Can Ruti Campus. This year young researchers from 6 research institutions and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona gave talks, workshops and guided tours explaining their passion for biomedical research.
The Noa Warrior Princess initiative has collected 5,311 euros for research into rare paediatric diseases at the IGTP
This week Noa and her parents have visited the IGTP laboratories to present a symbolic cheque for the 5,311 euros raised to finance research into rare paediatric diseases by the IGTP Neuromuscular and Neuropaediatric Research Group. The money was collected at a charity football match on 12 October in the Municipality of Llefià.
A project on diagnostics and clinical management of tuberculosis, led by the IGTP, receives Marie Skłodowska Curie Funding
The project, called "Innovation in Tuberculosis - INNOVA4TB", is promoted and coordinated by the research group Innovation in Respiratory Infections and Tuberculosis Diagnosis, led by Dr Jose Domínguez and Dr Cristina Prat. The proposal has received more than a million euros in funding from the 2018 call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) actions