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Life Sciences - Health - 02.11.2020
New UB-IDIBAPS study on the origins of autoimmune psychosis
Recerca Anti-NMDAR encephalitis is an autoimmune brain illness that is often mistaken by a psychiatric disorder since it causes psychoses and other behaviour alterations. Despite having these similarities, the illness does not respond to common antipsychotic treatments. A new study by the University of Barcelona and the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) shows these symptoms would be caused by alterations in the quantity of dopaminergic receptors D1R and D2R in the hippocampal area of the brain.

Health - Philosophy - 02.11.2020
The Bioethics and Law Observatory publishes a report on the assessment of research projects on health with emerging technologies and personal data
Recerca The interests of science, technology and society should not prevail over those of the individual. Guaranteeing this principle is one of the main tasks in the research ethics committees (CER), interdisciplinary collegiate bodies set by the law which analyse the scientific validity of research studies and its social value, and which study the rights and interests at stake.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 02.11.2020
Team to expand frontiers of multicomponent reaction-based molecular synthesis
The experts create a main principle by which the polarity change of a reactive in a multicomponent process unchains domino reactions. Multicomponent reactions eased the developmenMulticomponent reactions eased the development of new molecules of pharmaceutical and biomedical interest. Recerca The synthesis of complex molecules such as drugs, requires a process that sometimes involves several phases that increase its cost and harden the access to the product.

Life Sciences - 02.11.2020
Researchers from UBICS study how multilayers that form the human brain interact at different resolutions
Recerca The architecture of the brain supports cognitive and behavioural functions and it is extremely complex with connections at multiple layers that interact with each other. However, research efforts are usually focused on a single spatial scale.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.11.2020
Researchers develop an epigenetic clock that predicts the clinical evolution of patients with cancer
Recerca A research team from IDIBAPS-Hospital Clínic and the University of Barcelona has led an international study to develop an epigenetic clock that can trace how much the cancer cells have multiplied in the past. Thanks to this clock, they can predict the future growth of the tumour and clinical evolution of patients, so they could define treatment strategies according to the biological risk of the tumour.