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A scientific article by the professor Julio Rozas cited on the list “Citation Classics” of the journal ‘Molecular Biology and Evolution’

A scientific article by the professor Julio Rozas cited on the list “Citation Classics” of the journal ‘Molecular Biology and Evolution’ | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

A scientific article published in 2002 on the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution by the researchers Julio Rozas and Sebastián E. Ramos Onsins, from the Department of Genetics of the UB, located at the Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC), is one of the international articles included in the list “Citation Classics” —the most cited articles of Molecular Biology and Evolution since 1983—published by the journal. The articles included in “Citation Classics”, selected taking into account the database of ThomsonReuters Web of Knowledge, represent 1 % of the total articles published by the journal from 1983 to 2012.

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Universitat de Barcelona - Jornada de presentació de la iniciativa SATLANTIS

Universitat de Barcelona - Jornada de presentació de la iniciativa SATLANTIS | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it
Página principal de la Universitat de Barcelona
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Palobiofarma starts clinical trials on the first adenosine-based drug developed in Spain for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Palobiofarma starts clinical trials on the first adenosine-based drug developed in Spain for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

Palobiofama, SL, a biotechnology company located at the Barcelona Science Park within the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, has started clinical trials of its first drug, the compound PBF-509, a potent antagonist of the adenosine A2a receptors. The drug, discovered, developed, and patented entirely by Palobiofarma, is a very innovative treatment that aims to improve movement and cognitive disorders in patients who suffer Parkinson's disease. In order to treat this disease there are only drugs with a palliative effect.

More information: http://www.pcb.ub.edu/homePCB/live/en/o190.asp?nid=5470

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BKC researchers collaborate with an international team of astronomers to measure the deceleration of the Universe before dark energy took over

BKC researchers collaborate with an international team of astronomers to measure the deceleration of the Universe before dark energy took over | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

Different astronomical observations have shown that the expansion of the Universe has been speeding up —the Universe is now 14 billion years old—, powered by the mysterious repulsive force known as “dark energy”. But now, thanks to a new technique for measuring the three-dimensional structure of the distant Universe, astronomers from Sloan Digital Sky (SDSS-III), an International collaboration in which some UB researches participate, have made the first measurement of the cosmic expansion rate just three billion years after the Big Bang. "If we think of the Universe as a roller coaster, then today we are rushing downhill, gaining speed as we go”, says Nicolas Busca from the AstroParticle and Cosmology laboratory of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the main author of the study. “This new measurement tells us about the time when the Universe was climbing the hill, still being slowed by gravity”.

 

The results were presented in a paper published today on the digital repository arXiv and submitted to the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. In this study the following two researchers have participated in the study: Jordi Miralda, ICREA researcher at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), and Andreu Font, researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (University of California). Font, who made his doctoral thesis at the UB, collaborated in the simulations of every observation made in order to calculate the errors in the measurements and to remove different systematic errors from the observations.  

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BKC researchers develop a new high resolution technology for material study

BKC researchers develop a new high resolution technology for material study | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

The researchers from the Barcelona Knowledge Campus- University of Barcelona Sònia Estradé, Joaquim Portillo, Francisca Peiró, José M. Rebled and Lluís Yedra, from the Department of Electronics at theFaculty of Physics and from the Scientific and Technologic Center of UB (CCiT-UB), affiliated with the campus of international excellence BKC, together with the Belgian company NanoMEGAS and the American firm AppFive, have developed an innovative technology that represents a significant improvement in the performance of the spectroscopic techniques currently available in many electronic microscopes.

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(PCB-BKC). More than 40 companies and researchers in nanomedicine and oncology open doors to possible collaborations

(PCB-BKC). More than 40 companies and researchers in nanomedicine and oncology open doors to possible collaborations | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

More than 40 companies and basic and clinical research groups from around Spain will explain their projects, experience and technology at the 'Industry-Academia-Clinic Forum New trends in nanomedicine for oncology diagnostics and therapy', on 25 October 2012 in the Barcelona Science Park, located at the Barcelona Knowledge Campus. The aim of this event –offered by Biocat and the Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), under the framework of the Oncocat network and the BioNanoMed Catalunya alliance– is to foster direct contact among researchers, clinical professionals and business executives and facilitate the identification of common interests and possible collaborations. 

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Research at the BKC identifies the key mechanistic aspects of the enzymes that trim carbohydrates attached to proteins

Research at the BKC identifies the key mechanistic aspects of the enzymes that trim carbohydrates attached to proteins | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Quantum Simulation of Biological Processes Research Group (SQPBIO), Department of Chemistry, University of Barcelona (UB) - located at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) of the Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC) have identified important mechanistic aspects of the enzymes that trim carbohydrates attached to proteins. The study, done in collaboration with biochemical and structural biology groups from the UK, France and Australia, has been published in the current issue of Angewandte Chemie and was qualified as a VIP (very important paper)

 

More info: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201205338/abstract;jsessionid=AC0D04775D3D6D14DED4F41AF3BFFBD0.d03t01

 

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(PCB-BKC). Researchers from the CNAG have contributed to the ENCODE project

(PCB-BKC). Researchers from the CNAG have contributed to the ENCODE project | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

More than 10 years ago the Human Genome Project produced an almost complete list of the 3 billion pairs of chemical letters in the DNA that embodies the genetic code – but nothing about the way this blueprint works. Now, after five years of concerted effort by more than 440 researchers in 32 labs around the world, working collaboratively in the ENCODE Project, the first holistic view of how the human genome actually does its job has emerged. Researches from the National Centre for Genomic Analysis (CNAG), based in the Barcelona Science Park, contributed to the project working together with the ENCODE RNA sequencing analysis working group.

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BKC Technology lands in Mars

BKC Technology lands in Mars | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

After nearly seven years' work, the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission was launched on 26 November 2011 aboard an Atlas rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Curiosity, the best equipped vehicle NASA has ever sent to the Red Planet, carries technology developed by the Micro and Nanotechnologies Research Group, which is attached to the Barcelona Knowledge Campus.

 

http://cab.inta-csic.es/rems

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(UB-BKC). V Data Analysis and Statistical Software Users Group Meeting

(UB-BKC). V Data Analysis and Statistical Software Users Group Meeting | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

The 2012 Spanish Users Group meeting will be held at the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in Barcelona, Spain, on September 12. This meeting will provide Stata users with the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and information on new applications of Stata.

 

http://www.stata.com/meeting/spain12/

 

 

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The European Union approves new Erasmus Mundus projects with the participation of the UB

The European Union approves new Erasmus Mundus projects with the participation of the UB | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

In this year’s call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus projects, the European Union has selected five new programmes in which the UB participates. In total the University of Barcelona takes part in nineteen projects. The Erasmus Mundus Programme aims to enhance the quality of higher education in Europe and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through academic cooperation with non-EU Third Countries.

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(UB-BKC). Objective: averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas

(UB-BKC). Objective: averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

Many of the world’s tropical protected areas are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study published in Nature by more than 200 scientists from around the world, including the expert Juan Carlos Guix, who collaborates at the Department of Animal Biology and who is member of the research group of the UB called Evolutionary Ecology and Biology of Tetrapods, located at the BKC. The research, led by William Laurance, Professor from James Cook University, in Australia, warns of the major threats to the biological richness of world’s tropical forests and it also outlines strategies for action to improve their conservation in the long term.

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(FBG-BKC). New advance searching solutions for neurological diseases

(FBG-BKC). New advance searching solutions for neurological diseases | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

The University of Barcelona, ICREA and Minoryx have completed a license agreement, through the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, of a technology patented by Xavier Barril from the Department of Physical Chemistry of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the BKC that will develop a new generation of pharmacological chaperones.

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Universitat de Barcelona - Eclipse Calculator: a new application to simulate eclipses on your mobile, developed at the UB

Universitat de Barcelona - Eclipse Calculator: a new application to simulate eclipses on your mobile, developed at the UB | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

The application, public and free, can be downloaded from the Google Play website (https://play.google.com/store). At first, it has been developed in Catalan, Spanish and English, but it is planned to translate it to other languages.


“We aim at promoting the interest in general sky observation and in these particular phenomena”, remarks Eduard Massana, researcher from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the UB, member of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology and of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia, centres located at the campus of international excellence BKC.

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(UB-BKC). Researchers from the Faculty of Mathematics at the BKC won the third prize of the international Kinect devices competition

(UB-BKC). Researchers from the Faculty of Mathematics at the BKC won the third prize of the international Kinect devices competition | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Analysis at the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, University of Barcelona and from the Computer Vision Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona won the third prize of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) for their work “Multi Hand Pose Recognition System using Kinect Depth Sensor”.

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BKC researchers license a technology for generating renewable energy from the motion of the sea

BKC researchers license a technology for generating renewable energy from the motion of the sea | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

An agreement was signed between the University of Barcelona (UB), the National Research Council (CSIC) and the company Smalle Technologies, SL, whereby this firm acquired an exclusive license to develop and commercialize an innovative technology that generates electricity from the movement. This technology, which has been developed by UB researchers and the CSIC, is capable of converting mechanical energy from, for example, the rocking motion of the waves or the wind into electrical energy that can be used by a vessel or a maritime buoy.

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BKC researchers collaborate in the 1000 Genomes Project, to sequence the genome of more than one thousand individuals from different worldwide populations

BKC researchers collaborate in the 1000 Genomes Project, to sequence the genome of more than one thousand individuals from different worldwide populations | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

According to some findings published in the latest edition of the journalNature, the international consortium 1000 Genomes, promoted by research groups from the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and China, has sequenced the genome of 1,092 people intending to build a resource which conduces to the understanding of the genetic contribution to disease. In this international project, aimed to construct a successful fine map of the main DNA mutations which affect human health, takes part the biologist Marc Via, a UB graduate and doctor and collaborator at the Anthropology Section of theDepartment of Animal Biology at the Faculty of Biology, affiliated with the campus of international excellence Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC).

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(UB-BKC).The first epigenomes of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia are deciphered

(UB-BKC).The first epigenomes of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia are deciphered | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

A study, published in Nature Genetics, represents a new perspective on cancer research. The research integrates the results of the complete sequencing of the genome and epigenome of patients with leukemia. Researchers identify the cells that cause the disease, discover new molecular mechanisms involved in its development and improve its diagnosis.

 

Thanks to the new techniques of massive sequencing of the National Centre of Genomic Analysis in Barcelona, located in the Barcelona Science Park of the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, and to the use of high density microarrays, this study has deciphered the whole epigenome of the disease and concluded into some surprising findings.

 

http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ng.2443.html

 

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The UB keeps its position in ‘The Times Higher Education’ worldwide ranking

The UB keeps its position in ‘The Times Higher Education’ worldwide ranking | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

According to the edition of the ranking that the British magazine The Times Higher Education (THE) publishes, the University of Barcelona keeps its position in this ranking among the 201st and the 225th and regains its leadership in the national university scene. Moreover, the University of Barcelona is one of the top hundred European university centres, according to the 2012-2013 edition which has just been released. 

More information: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/

 

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ESTEVE fosters its R & D area with the relocation of the Center for Drug Discovery to the Barcelona Science Park, located at the BKC

ESTEVE fosters its R & D area with the relocation of the Center for Drug Discovery to the Barcelona Science Park, located at the BKC | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

ESTEVE will move its units involved in research for drug discovery and preclinical development to the new facilities located in the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) of the UB, located at the Barcelona Knowledge Campus. In this new center of 2,440 m2, equipped with the most advanced infrastructure and technology, a team of 92 people will develop their research on the discovery of new drugs.

 

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New public-private open innovation project at the BKC for the repositioning of 20 drugs

New public-private open innovation project at the BKC for the repositioning of 20 drugs | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

A public-private open innovation project to discover new drugs based on repurposing (repositioning)- the result of a collaboration agreement between the Drug Discovery Platform (DDP) at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), which is part of the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, and the companies SOM Biotech and Metasbio, both located at the PCB, has obtained a grant of 441,884 Euros from the Genome Spain Foundation through the Innocash credit line. Initially, the three partners have selected therapeutic areas characterized by a high medical need and market potential, particularly central nervous system diseases, orphan diseases, and oncology

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The Scientific and Technological Centers of the University of Barcelona, CCiTUB will host the 1st Congress of the Spanish Network of Advanced Optical Microscopy

The Scientific and Technological Centers of the University of Barcelona, CCiTUB will host the 1st Congress of the Spanish Network of Advanced Optical Microscopy | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

the 1st Congress of the Spanish Network of Advanced Optical Microscopy, REMOA, will be held in Barcelona on November 20-22, 2012.

 

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Non Linear Microscopy · Functional Imaging . High Content Screening · Single molecule tracking · High Speed Imaging · Single plane illumination microscopy · Super Resolution techniques · Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy · Correlation with other techniques · Image Analysis · Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence . Biosensors

 

http://www.ccit.ub.edu/remoabcn2012/

 

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BKC researchers help identify a key component of cell division

BKC researchers help identify a key component of cell division | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

A study by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), located at the BKC, and the Center for Genomic Regulation (acronym in Catalan CRG) highlights the protein Nek9 as a decisive factor in cell division, a fundamental process for both the development of an organism and tissue maintenance. Headed by the researchers Joan Roig at IRB Barcelona and Isabelle Vernos at the CRG, the study describes that Nek9 is required for a cell to be able to divide the chromosomes into two identical groups in order to ensure efficient and accurate cell division. In fact, errors in the correct distribution of chromosomes cause many spontaneous miscarriages, some genetic defects such as trisomies, and are also related to the development of tumours.

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(UB-BKC). Exploring forbidden reactions to discover new ways of chemical synthesis

(UB-BKC). Exploring forbidden reactions to discover new ways of chemical synthesis | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the UB, located at the BKC, have discovered new multicomponent reactions providing cyclic amidines, compounds with interesting pharmacological applications. The results of this study have recently been published in the high-impact journal in chemistry Angewandte Chemie International Edition

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(UB-BKC). The structural change of water on the nanoscale could explain its macroscopic anomalies, according to a theoretical study

(UB-BKC). The structural change of water on the nanoscale could explain its macroscopic anomalies, according to a theoretical study | Barcelona Knowledge Campus | Scoop.it

Water is characterized by being one of the fluids with anomalous behaviour. On the other hand, possibly thanks to its anomalies, it is a basic substance for life. In a recent study published in Scientific Reports, an online and open access journal from the publishers of Nature, in which the researcher Giancarlo Franzese, from the Department of Fundamental Physics at the UB, located at the BKC, has participated, the behaviour of water at extremely low temperature and high pressure was simulated. The results showed evidence, on the nanoscale, that in water there co-exist two liquid states of different density and energy which respond to different molecular configurations and which could be the reason for the anomalies that this fluid presents.

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