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IBEC researchers propose a cheaper and more ethical model for toxicological studies

A new study by IBEC’s Bacterial Infections: Antimicrobial Therapies and Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology groups shows that Galleria mellonella larvae can be effective to test the toxicity of nanoparticles. This work thus paves the way toward a new animal model for toxicity studies that represent an inexpensive and more ethical alternative to rodent testing.

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Willpower is the key to enhancing learning and memory: researchers uncover the mechanism

An international team led by the SPECS Laboratory at the IBEC has identified, for the first time in humans, the physiological mechanism responsible for the effectiveness of learning processes based on self-motivation and freedom of choice. The protagonists of this mechanism are theta-type brain waves, which regulate the ability of the human hippocampus to fix and retrieve information.

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The new “la Caixa” Foundation – BIST Chemical Biology Programme launches a hub in Barcelona for the design of new drugs

The “la Caixa” Foundation and BIST are creating a chemical biology programme to promote two new cutting-edge research groups at IBEC and IRB (both centres are members of BIST). The initiative aims to attract talent from the field of chemical biology, and to create an ecosystem that fosters research excellence in improving health.

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IBEC alumni Alberto Elosegui-Artola, new scientific leader at the Francis Crick Institute

Alberto Elosegui-Artola, IBEC alumni and expert in mechanobiology, will start in a few days his own research group to study cell and tissue mechanics at the Francis Crick Institute, in a joint appointment with the Physics Department at King’s College London. This is another example of great success of IBEC alumni in the international scientific arena.

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