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A researcher from UdG's Cardiovascular Research Centre (by N. Guisasola)

17 December 2012 11:47 PM

Catalan universities have a research model “comparable” to the most advanced EU countries

A study undertaken by the Catalan Association of Public Universities shows that 64% of all funds for research came from public or private competition processes. This shows the Catalan university system’s capacity to attract this type of funds,...
The Borges Blanques plant (by Abantia / ACN)

13 December 2012 11:27 PM

The world’s first plant combining biomass and solar thermal energy begins supplying power in Catalonia

This pioneering energy plant, located in western Catalonia, will generate 22.5 megawatts of power, the equivalent of the electricity supply to 27,000 houses. The hybrid system combining solar thermal and biomass energy enables the production of...
A human chain surrounding Tarragona's Joan XXIII Hospital (by N. Torres)

12 December 2012 11:33 PM

Catalan hospital staff members demonstrate to support public healthcare

Staff members from Catalonia’s main hospitals, including Sant Pau, Vall d’Hebron, Clínic, Parc Taulí and Germans Trias i Pujol, carried out several protests on Wednesday. Some of these protests had already started a few days ago and might...
The VHIR team working on Notch Pathway (by VHIR / ACN)

11 December 2012 08:37 PM

Two therapeutic targets in a child cancer are identified by Catalan researchers

The Barcelona-based Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) has identified two proteins that block the metastasis of rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer that represents 8% of this sort of illness in children. These two proteins are related to...
Children in Tarragona holding the demonstration's banner: 'For a country for all, school in Catalan' (by R. Segura)

10 December 2012 11:35 PM

Demonstrations throughout Catalonia against the Spanish Government’s Education Reform relegating the Catalan language

More than 60 demonstrations have taken place to protest against the new law announced by the Spanish Education Minister, José Ignacio Wert. The demonstrators consider it to be “an attack” against the Catalan language, as it would no longer be...
Public transportation will work at 33% of its capacity at rush hours (by O. Campuzano)

13 November 2012 11:14 PM

General strike against austerity measures held 11 days before the Catalan elections

The general strike called at European Union level to protest the austerity measures and support a new strategy to deal with the economic crisis will also affect Catalonia, 11 days before the Catalan elections. Despite coinciding with the official...
A microscopy image of growing colon cancer cells surrounded by stroma cells (by E. Batlle lab, IRB, Alexandre Calon)

12 November 2012 11:25 PM

The key process behind the metastasis of colon cancer is discovered by Catalan scientists

Scientists from the Colorectal Cancer Laboratory at the Barcelona Institute of Biomedical Research (IRB) have discovered the essential process that allows colon cancer cells to metastasise. They have concluded that tumour cells need to form...
From left to right: the Digestive Endoscopic Service Head, the hospital's Care Director and La Caixa's Director for Science

27 October 2012 12:05 AM

World pioneering technique developed by a Catalan hospital removes two tumours without surgery

For the first time in the world, Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital removes two tumours through the body’s natural holes without the support of laparoscopy. This technique allows the patient to recover much quicker, since there are no...
A chemist's in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, in Greater Barcelona (by J. Molina)

25 October 2012 01:53 AM

Catalan chemists go on strike because of public payment delays

Chemists in Catalonia had called to go on strike on Thursday because the Catalan Government owed them two payments for publicly funded drugs. According to the Catalan Government, the payments were delayed as they depended on receiving the funds...
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