Josep Maria Llovet and Josep Dalmau participate in the new ICREA-CCCB Debates

The Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) hosts in June the first edition of the ICREA-CCCB Debates. It is the beginning of a stable collaboration to present to the public the advances and challenges of today’s high-level research in Catalonia. The first debate series is titled "Great challenges in biomedicine". Two IDIBAPS researchers, Dr. Josep Maria Llovet, leader of the Translational research in liver oncology group, and Dr. Josep Dalmau, head of the Autoimmunity against synaptic antigens group, will be starring two of the four debates. This initiative is called to be an interesting approach to society and a reaffirmation of the high level of Catalan research.

Biomedicine is probably the area of research with bigger implications in our lives. These discussions will examine the limits and promises opened by biomedicine. The proposed topics are:

  • Wednesday, June 5, at 19:30h The Cancer: from biomedicine to patient

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. The human genome sequencing and understanding of the molecular abnormalities in cancer cells mean an unprecedented advancement in the treatment of this disease.

    Speaker: Josep Maria Llovet, ICREA Research Professor at the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) Presented by: Milagros Pérez Oliva, chief editor of El País

  • Wednesday 12 June at 19:30h Past, present and future of AIDS

    In 2011, there were 34 million people worldwide infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Current treatments do not cure the infection, but control it, which has meant that the number of infected people continues to rise.

    Speaker: Javier Martinez-Picado, ICREA Research Professor at the Institute for AIDS Research IrsiCaixa and associate professor in the UAB Presented by: Bonaventura Clotet, director IrsiCaixa

  • Wednesday, June 19 at 19:30 Down Syndrome: A History of chromosomes

    Down syndrome is the result of the presence of an extra chromosome 21, or a part of it, inside cells. That is why research on Down syndrome is aimed at understanding the function of genes contained in this chromosome. Speaker: Susana de la Luna, ICREA Research Professor at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona Presented by: Josep Maria Espinas, writer

  • Wednesday 26 June at 19:30 Autoimmunity, brain and mind

    A few years ago it was discovered that the immune system is able to alter the function of neuronal receptors. This results in deep behavior and memory alterations, psychosis and other personality disorders.

    Speaker: Josep Dalmau, ICREA Research Professor at Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) Presented by: Ramon Gomis, director of the IDIBAPS

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