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  • 26/02/2021 - Press release

    Not all “good” cholesterol is healthy

    HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) or good cholesterol is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease as it transports cholesterol deposited in the arteries to the liver to be eliminated. This contrasts with the so-called bad cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), which causes cholesterol to accumulate in the arteries and increases cardiovascular risk. Although drugs that lower bad cholesterol reduce cardiovascular risk, those that raise good cholesterol have not proven effective in reducing the risk of heart disease. This paradox has called into question the relationship between good cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, and researchers are now studying the characteristics of these HDL or good cholesterol particles. 

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  • 18/02/2021 - Covid-19

    Immunoglobulin clinical trial launched to prevent COVID-19 side effects

    The Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Hospital del Mar, the University of California-Davis and the University of Texas have launched a clinical trial to analyse how useful a food supplement can be for preventing the worst side effects of COVID-19. The study is looking at bovine-derived immunoglobulins, which have been shown in animal models to reduce the inflammation caused by infection, progression to more severe forms of the disease, and post-COVID syndrome. The first patients participating in the Randomized Open-Label Clinical Study Evaluating the Impact of EnteraGam, a Nutritional Intervention containing Bovine Plasma-Derived Immunoglobulin CoNcentrate, on Clinical Outcomes In People with COVID19 (PICNIC Study) are already taking two daily doses of this supplement. Dr Robert Güerri, principal investigator in the trial, member of the Infectious Pathology and Antimicrobial Research Group at the IMIM-Hospital del Mar, and section head of the Infectious Diseases Service at Hospital del Mar, explains that "The aim of the treatment is to sequester and help eliminate the virus from one of its main reservoirs in the body, the gut."

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  • 16/02/2021 - General information

    The effects of treatment with antidepressant drugs evaluated through the analysis of patients’ tweets

    Researchers of the Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) from UPF and Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) have identified behavioural and linguistic changes in tweets in Spanish published by users suffering from depression and who are taking medication to treat this disease. Their work has been published in Journal of Medical Internet Research and was led by Ferran Sanz; with Angela Leis and Francesco Ronzano as first authors, who conducted the work together with Miguel Angel Mayer and Laura I Furlong, all from the Integrative Biomedical Informatics research group. Depression is one of the most widespread mental illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, it affects more than 322 million people of all ages and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

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  • 10/02/2021 - General information

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science- February 11

    Only 30% of researchers in the world are women and about 30% of all students choose higher education in the field of science. In the case of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, 51% of researchers are women, but there is still a long way to go. Historically, the role of women in the field of science has been left in the background. With exceptions, the work of female scientists has been overlooked, ignored, or attributed to their male peers. This was reported by Matilda Joslyn Gage, the inspirer of the #NoMoreMatildas.campaign. But even today, the role of women in research still needs to be vindicated. IMIM and Hospital del Mar are once again promoting this 2021, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the #SheInspiredMe campaign, in which researchers, doctors and nurses explain which women have been their source. of inspiration to engage in research and to move forward. A vindication of female talent that we want to extend to everyone, encouraging you to record your own videos and post your photos using the hashtag #SheInspiredMe.

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  • 09/02/2021 - General information

    Anna Bigas, new Deputy Director of Preclinical Research at the Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute

    Dr. Bigas has joined as Deputy Director of Preclinical Research at the Josep Carreras Institute, maintaining her relationship with the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), where she leads the Stem Cells and Cancer group. The new responsibility that Dr. Bigas assumes will serve to enhance coordination between all groups in the institute that do basic and translational research, seeking synergies between them and optimizing their research, as well as to enhance the existing collaboration between the professionals of our institute and those of the IMIM. In the last ten years, as head of the Stem Cells and Cancer group, she has studied the molecular and physiological processes of stem cells in different tissues, in order to draw similarities with the appearance and progression of cancerous processes. In particular, her research focuses on the study of hematopoietic stem cells, responsible for the formation of blood cells, in order to understand the process of leukemia and develop strategies to fight against this disease.Currently, her research group is working on the identification of epigenetic and gene expression profiles, which allow discovering new therapeutic targets not yet exploited clinically.

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  • 02/02/2021 - Covid-19

    Psychological distress of lockdown in pre-dementia patients prolonged during the COVID-19 de-escalation

    The effects of the lockdown decreed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of elderly people in pre-dementia stages were protracted during the de-escalation phase. This is highlighted by a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, led by researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and doctors from Hospital del Mar, as well as researchers from the CIBER on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN) and the CIBER on Fragility and Healthy Ageing (CIBERFES). The work was carried out in collaboration with the Barcelona βeta Brain Research Center (BBRC). The study involved monitoring sixteen people, between 60 and 80 years old, who are participants in the PIENSA study on the prevention of cognitive deterioration in the stages prior to the onset of dementia. None of them suffered COVID-19. Their activity was exhaustively monitored on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis for two months, which made it possible to compare their progression before, during and after lockdown.

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  • 20/01/2021 - General information

    The role of interferons in tumour cell resistance to immunotherapy

    The Journal of Clinical Investigation has published a review authored by Michelle von Locquenghien, Catalina Rozalén, and Toni Celià-Terrassa, all members of the Cancer Stem Cells & Metastasis Dynamics Lab at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM). In the article, they analyse current knowledge on the role of interferons -cytokines (proteins) involved in regulating the function of immune system cells- in the mechanisms that allow tumour cells to develop treatment resistance. The authors explain how the relationship between tumour cells and the immune system evolves as the cancer progresses, causing these cells to acquire systems that enable them to resist attack. They point out that the principal mechanisms used to achieve this are related to interferon signalling. In this respect, they highlight new evidence supporting immunotherapy-mediated immunoediting and show how interferons can impact either treatment response or resistance. All these factors lead the authors to support its potential as a therapeutic strategy in cancer.

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  • 12/01/2021 - Covid-19

    Almost half of Spanish healthcare professionals are at a high risk of mental disorder as a result of COVID-19

    Almost half of Spain's healthcare professionals have a high risk of suffering a mental disorder after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 3.5% are experiencing suicidal thoughts (presence of a death wish and persistent thoughts of wanting to die). This is the conclusion of two studies (MINDCOVID project) that surveyed staff in eighteen hospitals across six autonomous regions of Spain (Andalusia, the Basque Country, Castile and Leon, Catalonia, Madrid and the Community of Valencia), led by researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the CIBER in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), and the CIBER in Mental Health (CIBERSAM), in addition to doctors from the Hospital del Mar. The data has been published by the Revista de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental and the journal Depression & Anxiety.

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  • 29/12/2020 - Press release

    High triglyceride and remnant cholesterol levels increase cardiovascular disease risk in high-risk patients

    A study that has just been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that high levels of triglycerides (the most common type of fat in the body), as well as those of remnant cholesterol (in triglyceride-rich lipoproteins), increase the risk of suffering cardiovascular disease in high-risk patients, even if they take the usual treatment to control blood cholesterol levels. The work is authored by researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM-Hospital del Mar), Hospital Clínic de Barcelona-IDIBAPS, and the CIBER on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERObn). 

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  • 21/12/2020 - General information

    Codi RISC research project launches web and intranet

    The Codi Risc research project, coordinated by the IMIM Health Services research group and the Neuroscience research group from the Parc Taulí de Sabadell Hospital Consortium, is launching its new website and intranet. Codi Risc is a research project on the prevention of suicidal behaviour based on the Codi Risc Suïcidi (CRS) programme, which was created and implemented in Catalonia in 2014 by the Catalan Government's Department of Health. The purpose of the Codi Risc project is to study the frequency, as well as the epidemiological, clinical, neuropsychological, and biological risk factors involved in suicide attempts and repeated suicide attempts. It also covers the implementation, effectiveness, and costs of the Catalan Government's Codi Risc Suïcidi programme, as well as the development of personalised suicide risk prediction algorithms aimed at preventing suicidal behaviour.

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