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Farewell to Professor Juan Bernal

Farewell to Professor Juan Bernal on the occasion of his retirement On November 12, on occasion of his retirement, Dr. Juan Bernal, CSIC research professor, gave a conference entitled "A journey through the thyroid microcosm" in the auditorium of the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols. Juan Bernal has developed an extensive scientific career after 52 years dedicated to science and is one of the world's leading experts on thyroid hormones and possibly the leading expert on the association between thyroid hormone and brain. In his lecture, Professor Bernal, displaying his passion for research, recounted his beginnings in the scientific world under the guidance of Professor Manuel Losada Villasante, in Seville. On his advice, he moved to Madrid to work at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CSIC), where he completed his...

Visit of the President of CSIC to the IIBM

‹ › ‹ › ‹ › ‹ › • • • •   The Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas "Alberto Sols" (IIBM), a joint center of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), has received the visit of the President of the CSIC, Rosa Menéndez, on October 13th.    The President of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Rosa Menéndez, visited the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas "Alberto Sols" (IIBM), a joint center of the CSIC and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). During the visit the President was accompanied by the Vice President for Scientific and Technical Research (VICYT), Jesús Marco and the Vice President for...

International FEBS Journal Richard Perham Prize

International FEBS Journal Richard Perham Prize The international FEBS Journal Richard Perham Prize 2021 has been awarded to the paper published by Asun Fernández-Barral as first author and supervised by Alberto Muñoz and Antonio Barbáchano, all of them IIB researchers. In this work, the authors describe the role of vitamin D regulating the biology of human colon normal and cancer stem cells and its possible relevance in colorectal cancer. https://febs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/hub/journal/17424658/features/the-febs-journal-richard-perham-prize

Nitrones

Nitrones, a new family of molecules with great potential for the treatment of hearing loss The Neurobiology of Hearing group of the Alberto Sols CSIC-UAM Biomedical Research Institute & unit 761 of the Rare Diseases Network Biomedical Research Center (CIBERER), led by Prof. Isabel Varela Nieto, and the Medical Chemistry Laboratory of the CSIC Institute of General Organic Chemistry, led by Prof. José Luis Marco Contelles, has just published a collaborative work in which the properties of nitrones are reviewed, highlighting their enormous potential for treating hearing loss.   Nitrones are a family of small molecules with a strong free-radicals trapping activity  and a high capacity to reduce oxidative stress, which have shown a powerful neuroprotective effect in mouse and rat models of cerebral ischemia. Oxidative stress is also...

Ángela García Mato galardonada en el 20th FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum

Angela Garcia Mato, PhD candidate of the Neurobiology of Hearing group, is awarded for the Best Short Oral Presentation at the 20th FEBS Young Scientists' Forum. The 20th FEBS Young Scientific Forum, organized by the Federation of the European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), was held last June (15/06 – 18/06), in virtual format. This congress brought together young scientists from various fields related to Biochemistry, in order to present their latest results and enjoy workshops in an environment with high social interaction. The Prize for the Best Short Oral Presentation of this congress, chosen by popular vote of the participants, was given to Angela Garcia-Mato, a PhD student from the Neurobiology of Hearing group, of the Institute of Biomedical Research "Alberto Sols" (CSIC-UAM), led by Prof. Isabel Varela-Nieto. The talk was entitled: "IGF-1 via...

Best Oral Presentation Prize CIBERER 2021

Dra. Ana Rivera Barahona has been awarded with the Best Oral Presentation Prize in the XIV CIBERER Annual Meeting The XIV CIBERER Annual Meeting has taken place in an online format from June 29th to July 1st with the aim of presenting the latest results on rare diseases generated by the CIBERER groups and Associated Clinical groups. Dra. Ana Rivera-Barahona from the Human Genetics and Molecular Pathophysiology group of the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols (CSIC-UAM) and U760 CIBERER led by Dr. Víctor Luis Ruiz-Pérez, has been awarded with the Best Oral Presentation Prize for her presentation entitled "Germline and mosaic variants in PRKACA and PRKACB cause a multiple congenital malformation syndrome". The work reported by Dr. Ana Rivera-Barahona was coordinated by the IIBM group and is the result of a collaborative effort...

Research: the key to progress in the diagnosis and treatment of hypoacusis

An outreach event entitled "Research: the key to progress in the diagnosis and treatment of hypoacusis" was held on March 10 , on the occasion of World Hearing Day. This online activity - broadcast live and accessible to people with hearing impairment - was attended by a representative of the Word Health Organization, who presented for the first time the 2021 WHO World Hearing Report, with alarming data on the prevalence of hearing problems and estimates of an increase in the coming decades. This presentation was followed by an interesting colloquium on hearing loss research with representatives from the World Health Organization, hearing loss patient associations, pharmaceutical companies, clinicians and basic researchers. To conclude the event, an outreach video directed to raise public awareness of hearing loss, was displayed. This event was...

World Rare Disease Day

February 28th, World Rare Disease Day. Drs. Ricardo Escalante and Oliver Vincent. Laboratory for the study of the molecular mechanisms of autophagy Autophagy is an intracellular degradation mechanism essential for cellular homeostasis, differentiation and development. Recent research has highlighted the impact of autophagy in neurodegenerative diseases and aging. Our laboratories use different model systems including the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum and mammalian cells in culture to understand the molecular mechanisms of two rare neurodegenerative diseases: chorea-acanthocytosis (ChAc) and Beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN), in which autophagy dysfunction may play a relevant role. These diseases are devastating and incurable leading to neurodegeneration with severe movement, psychiatric dysfunction...

IIBM researcher Alicia González-Martín receives funding from the Spanish Association Against Cancer for a project on cancer immunotherapy

The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) will support the doctor's laboratory in the development of an innovative in vivo functional screen strategy to identify new therapeutic targets.     The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) has awarded funding to the laboratory of Dr. Alicia González-Martín for a project that aims to identify new therapeutic targets for cancer immunotherapy, within the latest call for projects LAB AECC 2020.   According to the researcher from the Institute for Biomedical Research Alberto Sols, her team is interested on "understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the immune system in health and disease, and one of our main lines of research focuses on in studying immune responses against cancer. The cells of our immune system not only defend us against infections by...

Farewell to Professor Carlos Gancedo on the occasion of his retirement.

On December 18, on the occasion of his retirement after 57 years of service, Professor Carlos Gancedo gave in the auditorium of the Alberto Sols Biomedical Research Institute the lecture entitled "Releasing ties" ("Soltando amarras"). Carlos Gancedo has been part of our center since its inception. He moved from the CSIC's Center for Biological Research in the mid-sixties of the last century with Alberto Sols, under whose direction he did his doctoral thesis, to establish the Institute of Enzymology, an embryo of the IIBM. Since then, his professional career has been a show of dedication and love for science and knowledge, practicing in recent years as Professor of the CSIC linked ad honorem. It is an international reference in the biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics of yeasts, and has thus been recognized for many years with the...