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CNIO News, Year 2016

The year in summary: The science we did in 2016

Madrid, 30 December, 2016

In 2016, the laboratories of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) generated a great amount of knowledge. The scientific productivity, with a high percentage of papers published in high impact journals, remains high quality. This is reflected in rankings, such as Nature Index or Mapping Scientific Excellence, which placed the CNIO among the top 10 cancer research centres in the world. It is impossible to outline all the studies conducted by our researchers so, therefore, we have...

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The CNIO is celebrating its findings this year rewarding its young researchers

Madrid, 1 December, 2016

The sixth edition of the already traditional Lab Day event of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has been held today, Thursday, 1 December. It is an opportunity to learn about CNIO´s greatest achievements this year, exchange ideas, and, for the youngest, obtain experience in the art of presenting their own work in an attractive and understandable manner. It has also been an occasion to celebrate the recognition of research excellence during the presentation of six...

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World experts present the results of major cancer genome programmes at the CNIO

Madrid, 11 November, 2016

It is clear today that cancer refers to hundreds of diseases, which are as different from one another as the many and varied genetic alterations that cause them. Identifying and classifying the thousands of genetic defects associated with cancer is essential to learn how to treat each patient successfully, because the most effective drugs are those that attack specific alterations. A decade ago, researchers launched major programmes to analyse tumours in tens of thousands of patients. The...

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The CNIO is paying tribute to Marie Sklodowska-Curie on the anniversary of her birth

Madrid, 24 October, 2016

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) is hosting an exhibition titled 'Marie Sklodowska-Curie. A Pole in Paris', which revisits the personal and professional life of one of the key women of the 20th century. The exhibition will open on 7 November - the birth anniversary of this Polish-French scientist - and can be visited until 30 of the same month (advance booking required). This initiative of the CNIO’s Women in Science Office (WISE) is part of our commitment to promoting and...

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The U.S. Department of Defense is funding a line of research at the CNIO

Madrid, 14 October, 2016

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Héctor Peinado, head of the Microenvironment and Metastasis Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), a grant to study neurofibromatosis. His project is among the five selected in the latest round of funding in the DoD programme dedicated to this disease and the only one being conducted outside the United States.The DoD, through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), asserts that the project headed by...

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The CNIO opens its doors to the public for the most informative european scientific night

Madrid, 28 September, 2016

From left to right, Nuria Gago, Ailyn Martinez, Pilar Ximénez de Embún y Eduardo Zarzuela, volunteers at the European Researchers' Night./ CNIOThe European Researchers’ Night will take place on Friday 30 September and, once again, the CNIO will be involved. During this event, which will be attended by 200 people, the Centre will open its research projects to the public as part of its commitment to scientific dissemination and education.We need science. This statement may seem obvious....

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'CNIO Friends’ contracts fund research into cancer-related big data and epidemiology

Madrid, 22 September, 2016

At the beginning of the year, the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) organised the first recruitment programme funded by donations from the “CNIO Friends” philanthropic initiative. Now, after a thorough assessment of the candidates, we have chosen two: Vera Pancaldi and Paulina Gómez, who will be able to continue their research projects at the Centre thanks to the generosity of our donors.Both stressed the crucial importance of philanthropy as a driving force in scientific research...

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Miguel Ángel Quintela receives the Young Researchers Award from the AstraZeneca Foundation

Madrid, 16 September, 2016

The head of the CNIO’s Breast Cancer Clinical Research Unit, Miguel Ángel Quintela, has received the Young Researchers Award given by the AstraZeneca Foundation in the Oncology category for his work on the effects of antiangiogenic drugs in breast cancer. The award ceremony was held today at the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC).The prize recognizes that the research conducted by Quintela has “transferability to clinical practice, which could take the form of the...

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CRISPR and its ethical issues will be opening the CNIO's prestigious series of conferences

Madrid, 15 September, 2016

The revolutionary genomic editing techniques that are becoming widespread in laboratories – and related discussions on ethics - began with the findings of Francisco Mojica, a microbiologist at the University of Alicante, who, nevertheless, saw how major scientific journals rejected his papers. That was thirteen years ago. Today, Mojica is the epicentre of one of the most active fields of biology and he will be speaking about it at the conference next Friday. “The history behind the CRISPR...

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CNIO is one of the top European research centres according to Nature Index

Madrid, 11 August, 2016

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) is among the top 100 European research institutions in life sciences and is the second regarding cancer research, only behind the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). The data appears in the latest Nature Index -published towards the end of July-, which tracks the high-quality research of more than 8,000 global institutions through the papers published in 68 high-impact journals, 35 of which deal with life sciences.The index provides almost...

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The AECC is funding two CNIO projects to study pancreatic cancer and lymphomas

Madrid, 13 July, 2016

The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) has granted two important sums to help researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) advance our knowledge of pancreatic cancer and lymphomas, with the aim of developing novel therapeutic modalities and to improve early diagnosis of these diseases. One of the projects will be coordinated by the researcher Mariano Barbacid, head of CNIO's Experimental Oncology Group, who together with Alfredo Carrato, head of the Oncology...

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The students of the Laboratory Training Programme have arrived

Madrid, 13 July, 2016

Marisol Soengas (left) with the students of the Summer Trainning Programme and the Biology Olympiad./ CNIOThis year, as every year, the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has launched its summer session of the Laboratory Training Programme for university students in the Biomedical Sciences field. A few days ago seven of the eight selected students have joined us for this training; the last one will arrive next week.The Summer Training programme, which has been organised since 2002,...

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Alejandro Sanz endorses the agreement between Juegaterapia and 'CNIO Friends'

Madrid, 1 July, 2016

The Juegaterapia Foundation, which helps children suffering from cancer, has signed a collaboration agreement with the 'CNIO Friends’ initiative to fund a grant worth 100,000 euros that will be dedicated to research projects related to childhood cancer over a period of two years. The singer, Alejandro Sanz, accompanied the Juegaterapia Foundation as its Goodwill Ambassador during a visit to the CNIO.Juegaterapia and 'CNIO Friends’ are joining forces to provide an opportunity for young...

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An international team lead by CNIO receives a grant from L’Oréal and the MRA to study metastatic melanoma

Madrid, 25 May, 2016

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) is pleased to announce that a global, multi-institutional research team consisting of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), The Wistar Institute, Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre (University of Edinburgh), the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been awarded the L’Oréal Paris USA–MRA Team Science Award for Women in Scientific Research bestowed by the...

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Óscar Fernández-Capetillo and Marcos Malumbres, new EMBO members

Madrid, 23 May, 2016

The European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) has published the list of investigators who will join this prestigious organisation this year. A total of 58 researchers from the field of life sciences will be joining its ranks. Among them, Marcos Malumbres and Óscar Fernández-Capetillo from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO).Their appointment is based on “the acknowledgement of their contribution to scientific excellence” and as “a tribute to their research and achievements”,...

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A new horizon in dealing with familial cancer

Madrid, 18 May, 2016

Progress in the field of genetics has enabled us to study hundreds of genes that, in some cases, have been linked to the onset of diseases such as cancer; for some of these genes, the causal relationship has been clearly established. In other cases, however, the link is uncertain. This is one of the main problems that familial cancer genetics specialists face, and one of the principal reasons why they are meeting in Madrid this week at one of the most significant scientific conferences in the...

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The Internet Day Awards recognize the efforts of 'CNIO Friends'

Madrid, 12 May, 2016

The 'CNIO Friends' initiative is in luck. This morning, its Facebook page has risen to first place in its category in the Internet Day Awards, sponsored by Google, Fénix Directo, Telefónica, Facebook, El Corte Inglés, and HP. The Centre's Director Maria A. Blasco has attended the ceremony held at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica.The fan page of 'CNIO Friends', which was launched in February last year, has 31,000 followers and is a unique platform for raising funds to finance the work of about...

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An ERC Advanced Grant to fight pancreatic and lung cancers

Madrid, 22 April, 2016

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded one of its prestigious Advanced Grants to the Director of the Experimental Oncology Group of the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), researcher Mariano Barbacid.The ERC-Advanced Grant project, titled THERACAN (Novel THErapeutic strategies to treat pancreatic and lung CANcer), will run for 60 months. This is one of the two projects presented by Spanish researchers funded in the 2015 call by the ERC in the area of Biomedicine.Lung cancer and...

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The CLH Group joins ‘CNIO Friends’

Madrid, 21 March, 2016

The Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Maria A. Blasco, and the President of the CLH Group, José Luis López de Silanes, met last Friday in the CNIO headquarters, in Madrid, to sign an agreement that will foster cooperation between both institutions. This agreement will allow the company to support research and training of research personnel, with the goal of advancing the development of innovative and specific therapies against cancer.Through this collaboration, the...

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A talk on the instinct of perseverance to celebrate International Women's Day

Madrid, 4 March, 2016

The gender inequality gap can also be found in the field of science. While the number of women with post-doctoral positions has grown exponentially in Europe over the last decade, achieving a 4% increase each year, the average rate of women in positions of responsibility in science and technology falls short of 22%, according to data from the 'She Figures 2015' report drawn up by the European Commission. A large part of the problem has to do with gender stereotypes.In order to promote gender...

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Alejo Efeyan will study the relationship between metabolism and cancer at the CNIO

Madrid, 11 February, 2016

According to Alejo Efeyan, “the limitation of nutrients and the manipulation of the cellular processes regulated by them may be one way of halting an incipient tumour.” This is the idea on which the research of this Argentinian biologist will be based. He has just joined the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) to head a study on the relationship between metabolism and cancer. Efeyan has been working on the mTOR protein for years. This protein is key in how cells respond when there...

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Maria A. Blasco wins the 2015 Miguel Catalán prize in recognition to the scientific career

Madrid, 9 February, 2016

The Miguel Catalán Awards acknowledge the scientific activities, as well as the scientific and human values of current researchers. The Community of Madrid awards them each year to celebrate brilliant careers in science and humanities.The Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and Leader of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group, Maria A. Blasco, has been awarded the Miguel Catalán 2015 prize (eleventh edition) for her scientific career and her important contributions to the...

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New cancer research contracts thanks to the ‘CNIO Friends’ initiative

Madrid, 27 January, 2016

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) launched the ‘CNIO Friends’ philanthropic platform in late 2014 that brings together individuals and legal entities (associations, foundations, companies) enabling them to cooperate and become part of a project that has become a shared endeavour for all: cancer research.On occasion of its first year in existence and thanks to the almost 600 people — between Friends, Benefactors and Sponsors — who have contributed to the initiative, the Centre...

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