02/06/2010 - Press release
A project executed by the research group on Evolutionary Genomics of GRIB (IMIM -UPF) employed comparison of the human genome with the genomes of other species of vertebrates to verify that the repetitive motifs found in human proteins are important for the good operation of the body and which could correspond to the fraction of the genome called ‘junk’ (with no function).
26/04/2010 - Press release
Cardiac arrhythmia caused by medications is a priority in pharmacological safety as they are difficult to predict. Sudden cardiac death and Torsades de Pointes (TDP) are serious side effects of some antipsychotic, antihistamine and anti-infective drugs that induce prolonged QT intervals.
02/03/2010 - Press release
A study carried out by researchers at the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM-Hospital del Mar) has shown for the first time that the beneficial effects of virgin olive oil, a rich source of polyphenols in the Mediterranean diet, can cause changes in the manifestation of certain genes involved in atherosclerosis.
08/02/2010 - Press release
Atherosclerosis is a disease where fatty matter is deposited along the walls of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks or cerebrovascular accidents.This is the first study that proves that the population who lives within 100 metres of a motorway or busy road suffers an acceleration in atherosclerosis more than double of its regular process.
02/11/2009 - Press release
A team of student researchers and interns from the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM-Hospital del Mar) and the Foundation CIM will conduct a scientific experiment aboard three parabolic flights scheduled by the ESA, on the 3, 4 and 5 November. The experiment intends to improve medical treatment for astronauts through a better understanding of the drug absorption mechanisms in diseases such as cancer and AIDS, will take on board.
28/09/2009 - Press release
We must stress that every year, 18.000 Spaniards die from COPD, a figure that makes it the top cause of avoidable death in Spain and the only pathology related to smoking that continues to be on the rise. According to the EPISCAN study, the prevalence of COPD in Spain currently extends to 10.2% of the population –nearly one and a half million citizens.
28/08/2009 - Press release
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects almost half of smokers of advanced age. Although clinical manifestations and disease severity vary greatly across patients, treatment is often similar. Through the development of a new risk index for COPD patients, researchers are seeking ways to improve this situation.
11/08/2009 - Press release
Researchers at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) and the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM-Hospital del Mar) have observed that the household use of bleach is associated with a lower sensitivity to allergens, both inside the home (for example, cat allergens) as well as those outside the home (pollen allergens).
14/07/2009 - Press release
Experts of the IMIM-Hospital del Mar Cancer Research Programme have collaborated on a study that identifies new keys in breast cancer tumour invasion. The study has been published in the prestigious journal Nature Cell Biology.
08/07/2009 - Press release
The medical history of more than 35 million Europeans will be studied in order for doctors to gain a better understanding of how to balance the risk of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular episodes related to prescription NSAIDs.