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2017 CNIO summer students

Meet the 2017 summer internship students

Madrid, 18 July, 2017

One of the main objectives of the CNIO is to contribute both in terms of numbers and qualification to the increase of researchers in oncology by means of an extensive training programme. It includes practical laboratory courses for undergraduate students that have been running at the CNIO for the last 14 years. A few days ago, we welcomed the six students selected for the 2017 summer internship, young minds from four different countries focused on biomedical research, selected from more than...

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Óscar Llorca

CNIO incorporates researcher Óscar Llorca to direct its Structural Biology Programme

Madrid, 12 July, 2017

How can you visualise the molecules involved in the development and progression of cancer at the atomic level? The researcher Óscar Llorca will be working on this issue - science fiction until a few years ago - at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), which he has joined to direct and enhance the Structural Biology Programme. The researcher will cooperate closely with other Programmes at the Centre to apply revolutionary molecular visualisation techniques and, thus, contribute to...

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Elena Castro

Elena Castro receives a Young Investigator Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation

Madrid, 11 July, 2017

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) today announced its 2017 Young Investigator (YI) Awards, which support early career scientists who are focused on accelerating the delivery of life-extending and life-saving therapies for men living with prostate cancer. Elena Castro, member of the Prostate Cancer Clinical Research Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), is the only researcher outside the US awarded this year. Her project focuses on how mutations in DNA damage repair...

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Rafael Fernández Leiro

An expert in electron microscopy and crystallography to strengthen the structural biology programme

Madrid, 29 June, 2017

Rafael Fernández Leiro has joined the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) to head the Genome Integrity and Structural Biology Group within the renewed Structural Biology Programme. His work will focus on electron microscopy studies of protein systems involved in regulating DNA replication and repair processes."It is exciting to be able to work at the CNIO because the scientific level is very high and the opportunities for in-house collaboration are many and exciting," says Fernández...

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Luis Paz-Ares has received the Lilly Foundation Award for Clinical Biomedical Research 2017

Madrid, 9 June, 2017

The Lilly Foundation Biomedical Research Awards 2017 ceremony was held yesterday. On this occasion, its 16th edition, the winners were Professors Luis Paz-Ares and Francisco Martínez Mojica, in the categories of Clinical and Preclinical Research, respectively. These awards recognize the scientific careers of researchers who contribute to the advancement of Biomedicine and the Health Sciences in Spain. The Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, presided the...

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Manuel Valiente, jefe del Grupo de Metástasis Cerebral

Manuel Valiente receives funding from Melanoma Research Alliance

Madrid, 22 May, 2017

Manuel Valiente, head of the Brain Metastasis Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), has been funded in the 2017 grant cycle by the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest private funder of melanoma research. The research, titled ‘Blocking melanoma brain metastasis by targeting the microenvironment’, will focus on investigate actionable targets that will lead to more efficient design of anticancer treatments for patients with metastatic melanoma to the brain.MRA’s...

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Iván Plaza-Menacho

Ivan Plaza-Menacho has joined the CNIO to study the biophysics and the structure of proteins involved in cancer

Madrid, 18 May, 2017

Ivan Plaza-Menacho’s exceptional and multidisciplinary scientific approach, which combines experience in both structural biology and cancer cell biology, is coming to the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). The researcher will head the Kinases, Protein Phosphorylation, and Cancer Group, which focuses on studying the 3D structure of kinases, which are intimately involved in the origin and development of cancer, as well as in the resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs.  "The fact...

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CNIO & The City

‘CNIO and The City’: Building bridges with society

Madrid, 11 May, 2017

'CNIO and the City', a project which aims to strengthen ties between the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and public educational centres in the Autonomous Community of Madrid has been one of the projects selected to receive funds from the Spanish Science and Technology Foundation (FECYT) to promote a culture of science, technology and innovation.The CNIO's teaching vocation is firm. Not only because nearly half of the research staff is in training but because of its links to...

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International meeting on proteins that could give rise to a new generation of cancer drugs

Madrid, 28 April, 2017

About 500 proteins involved in several types of cancer have already been identified; however, existing drugs can only act against 5% of them. A major part of research is therefore geared towards finding compounds that act against orphan proteins, whose active ingredients must, consequently, be innovative. This is key, say researchers, to design therapies that adapt to each patient’s type of cancer: the quest for personalised medicine, that is more effective and causes fewer side effects. A...

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Erwin Wagner, director del Programa de Biología Celular del Cáncer

A project that studies chronic systemic inflammation receives EU funding

Madrid, 10 April, 2017

Erwin Wagner, Director of the Cancer Cell Biology Programme at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), has been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to study Chronic Systemic Inflammation, a major health problem that causes morbidity and mortality associated with pathologies of the immune system and cancer.“The aim of this research proposal is to substantially advance our understanding of whole-organism physiology in relation to systemic inflammation as...

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