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Scientists from the IIBM “Alberto Sols” CSIC-UAM attempt to develop a new kind of immunotherapy to target the cancer stem cells in pancreatic cancer

 The group of Dr. Bruno Sainz Anding, Ramón y Cajal Investigator from the Department of Biochemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols (CSIC-UAM) and the Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria (IRYCIS), are working to develop new monoclonal antibodies that will help the immune system identify and attack pancreatic cancer, which currently lacks effective immunotherapy-based treatments.  The project recently received a research grant of 60,000 euros from the Pancreatic Cancer Association (ACANPAN) and the Spanish Association of Pancreatology (AESPANC). https://www.asociacioncancerdepancreas.org/beca-investigaci%C3%B3n/ "We seek to take an important step forward in the development of new therapies against these tumors," explains Dr. Sainz, who recalls that...

An investigation by the Hearing Neurobiology group receives the FIAPAS 2017 Award

The Spanish Confederation of Families of Deaf People (FIAPAS) held the ceremony for the presentation of its Prize for Research in Hearing Deficiencies on Wednesday, July 5, chaired by Dolors Montserrat, Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality. One of the two award-winning researches in the Health Category is a study conducted by researchers at the Neurobiology of Hearing Laboratory, Alberto Sols Institute of Biomedical Research CSIC-UAM, led by Prof. Isabel Varela-Nieto. The work, entitled "Evaluation of new therapies for the prevention of sensorineural hearing loss", is signed by researchers Silvia Murillo-Cuesta, Lourdes Rodríguez de la Rosa, Teresa Rivera, Fernando García-Alcántara, Lorena Sanz and Isabel Varela-Nieto. In addition, members of the Otorhinolaryngology Service of the Príncipe de Asturias University Hospital (Alcalá...

Isabel Varela-Nieto, has been elected to become a member of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)

Prof. Isabel Varela-Nieto, group leader of the Neurobiology of Hearing laboratory at the IIBm, has been elected to become a member of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), Science and Society Committee for the next three years (2017-2021). This prestigious society is a charitable organization that has supported research and education in molecular life sciences over the last fifty years.

The first edition of the Auditory Neuroscience Summer School

The first edition of the Auditory Neuroscience Summer School took place 6-8 july in the UAM Department of Anatomy, and was attended by 21 students from 6 countries and 13 teachers, including international experts in preclinical trials and bioinformatics. This theoretical and practical course was organized by Prof. Carlos Avendaño (UAM), Prof. Isabel Varela-Nieto (CSIC), Silvia Murillo-Cuesta (CIBERER), Dr. Luis Lassaleta ("La Paz" University Hospital) and Dr. Esperanza Bas (Ear Institute, University of Miami), sponsored by the Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-TARGEAR network and with the support of CIBERER.

Isabel Varela-Nieto has been invited to serve on the International Committee of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Prof. Isabel Varela-Nieto, leader of the Neurobiology of hearing group, has been invited to serve on the International Committee of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) for a three-year period. This prestigious association aims to encourage and promote research, both basic and clinical, in the broad field of Otolaryngology and related areas, especially in clinical genetics and diagnosis of mutations causing deafness.

Sebastián Cerdán has been named Academician of the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy

Excmo. Sr. D. Sebastián Cerdán García-Esteller took office as academician of number of the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy on April 28th. His relatives, friends and colleagues attended at the Solemn Session where Excma. Sra. Dña. María Cascales Angosto , Academician of number of the RANF, replied him.   Professor Sebastián Cerdán read the discourse entitled "The imaging time" in which he started analysing the role of the image in our society to focus afterwards in the biomedical imaging development along the last decades and in the contribution that has entailed to the medical advance and the study of the disease.   Prof. Cerdán himself has notably contributed to the advance of preclinical imaging with the development of new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) applications that allow studying, at structural,...

The Royal National Academy of Pharmacy awards IIBM scientists

The Royal National Academy of Pharmacy awards IIBM scientists The Royal National Academy of Pharmacy has published the resolution of its 2015 Awards. Among the scientists receiving these awards several researchers of Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols (IIBM) appear listed. Precisely, Virginia Pardo Marqués, Águeda González-Rodríguez y Ángela Martínez Valverde were the winners of the PREMIO DEL CONSEJO GENERAL DE COLEGIOS OFICIALES FARMACÉUTICOS for the work entitled "New therapeutic targets for the treatment od insulin resistance based on the interaction between hepatocytes and Kupffer cells", whereas María de los Angeles Pajares Tarancón was awarded the Accesit to the Premio de la Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia 2015 for the work entitled "The new levels of redox regulation of S-adenosylmethionine synthesis".

Pilar Santisteban has been elected President of the European Thyroid Association in the 15th International Thyroid Meeting (Orlando, Florida USA, October 2015)

Pilar Santisteban has been elected President of the European Thyroid Association in the 15th International Thyroid Meeting (Orlando, Florida USA, October 2015). The aims of this Association are to promote knowledge in the thyroid field (basic and clinical) and improve knowledge of the thyroid gland and its diseases. The Association was founded in 1965 and has met each year since then, with the exception of the years in which the International Thyroid Congress has been held. There are over 900 members. More details in www.eurothyroid.com  

Dr. Bruno Sainz from the UAM School of Medicine has won the Attune NxT Flow Cytometry Grant Program with a project aimed at early cancer detection

Dr. Bruno Sainz, a recognized Ramón y Cajal Investigator who recently joined the Department of Biochemistry and the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas at the Autónoma University of Madrid (UAM) has won the ThermoFisher-sponsored 2015 Attune NxT Flow Cytometry Grant Program with the project entitled, "Development of a state-of-the-art liquid biopsy assay for the detection of circulating cancer stem cells fused to macrophages in human blood samples". This award means that Dr. Sainz and his group will receive a 4-laser state-of-the-art Attune NxT flow cytometer, which incorporates the revolutionary technology of acoustic cell focussing, creating a pre-focused narrow core stream of cells allowing for the detection of very rare cell populations with uniform laser illumination ( Link ). The cytometer will be officially donated in a public...

A compound found in broccoli has pharmacological properties against chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common elderly leukemia and still is lacking a cure. A variety of immuno-chemotherapy treatments is available, but relapse and development of refractoriness to treatment are common. Studies from the Spanish National Research Council with the collaboration of the Hospitals Gregorio Marañon and de la Princesa, both in Madrid, Spain, have shown the pharmacological usefulness of indole-3-carbinol for the treatment of this disease. Indole-3-carbinol is a natural compound found in edible plants of the Brassica genus, such as the broccoli, the cabbage, the Brussels sprouts and the mustard greens. It is well tolerated by the organism but it is toxic for a variety of human leukemic cells. These results have been published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. The authors have performed in...