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CNIO News, Year 2017

José Mota and Mago More encourage you to become a 'CNIO Friend'

José Mota and Mago More encourage you to become a 'CNIO Friend'

Madrid, 28 November, 2017

The big question is: how many laughs have they had to keep for themselves while doing this video? José Mota has laziness; his doctor, Mago More, laughs his head off. Two of the best Spanish humourists put in this video their ingenuity at the service of CNIO Friends, the initiative created so that any person or entity can contribute altruistically to cancer research. Mota and More are clear: "If many of us provide a bit, we will do a lot".That is why they are CNIO Friends, and that is why they...

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CNIO & The City

Succesful start to the CNIO & The City Project

Madrid, 15 November, 2017

Raising awareness among young people and society regarding the work carried out in our laboratories is one of the goals of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and the basis of the CNIO & The City project, which was officially launched with a Teacher Training Course held from 25 September to 10 October. Education in science is a way to protect science because, as Adelaida Martínez, a teacher at CEIPSO Príncipe Felipe who attended the course, pointed out, "we appreciate what we...

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Launch of the “Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence”

Launch of the “Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence”

Madrid, 18 October, 2017

The 25 centres and 16 research units accredited with the “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu” excellence distinctions formally established this afternoon the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Alliance (SOMMa) in their first official meeting. Chaired by the Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, the gathering was attended by directors and representatives of all centres and units that have approved creation of the Alliance and defined the strategic and working plan for the coming...

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Some of the participants of the Hidden No More programme, including Lola Martínez (second from right

Lola Martínez participates in an international programme for women leaders in STEM

Madrid, 18 October, 2017

The US State Department has launched the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) 'Hidden No More: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM' aimed at highlighting women who are leaders in scientific-technological fields. Forty-eight women from various countries were selected by this agency and have been visiting America for some days, participating in a wide range of activities aimed at sharing experiences and promoting the presence of women in these fields of study. Lola Martínez, head of the...

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Manuel Valiente receives the Beug Foundation Metastasis Research Prize

Madrid, 10 October, 2017

The head of the Brain Metastasis Group of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Manuel Valiente, received the Metastasis Research Award, granted by the Beug Foundation, in Vienna. The prize, which was presented during the Opening Conference of The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), is designed to facilitate the implementation of original and innovative strategies to combat cancer metastasis."This award allows us to start key experiments to test our hypothesis," says...

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Maria Blasco has received the Award for Scientific Merit from the Generalitat Valenciana

Madrid, 9 October, 2017

The ceremony took place this morning at the Palau de la Generalitat (Government Building) on the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the Valencian Community. All the members of the Valencian Government were present, including the President, Ximo Puig, who emphasised the values of the winning individuals and their entities. Maria Blasco, Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) received the Award for Scientific Merit. Maria A. Blasco is a molecular biologist...

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The CNIO and the Weizmann Institute, together at the forefront of cancer research

Madrid, 29 September, 2017

“Curiosity moves us to change the future of this terrible disease. Cancer is very complex, and we need to work together to combat it". These were the words of Moshe Oren, director of The Moross Integrated Cancer Center (MICC) of the Weizmann Institute of Israel, during the presentation of the symposium at the Ramón Areces Foundation last Tuesday. Some of the most prestigious researchers from this institution and the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) gathered before an audience of...

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More than 60 CNIO volunteers will be participating in the European Researchers' Night

Madrid, 28 September, 2017

Tomato, salt, pineapple juice, dishwasher liquid, ethanol… These are the ingredients that will be used by 250 people who will be attending the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) on Friday to participate in The European Researchers' Night. This year, the Centre's 60 volunteer scientists will teach them how to extract DNA from any living being. It is "an extremely positive initiative because, even if it is only for one day, you open research centres so that society can become...

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Maria Blasco has received the XXXVI Lección Memorial Fernández-Cruz Award

Madrid, 21 September, 2017

The director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) received the 36th Lección Memorial Fernández-Cruz Award yesterday from the Regional Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Rafael Sánchez Martos, and Arturo Fernández-Cruz, president of the Fernández-Cruz Foundation. The award acknowledges Maria Blasco’s contribution to the progress made in extending life expectancy.The award giving ceremony was held within the framework of the 36th Lección Memorial Fernández-Cruz event,...

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CLH group has nenewed its commitment to 'CNIO Friends'

Madrid, 13 September, 2017

The Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and the President of the Board of Trustees of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Carmen Vela, together with the President of Grupo CLH, José Luis López de Silanes, and the director of the CNIO, Maria A. Blasco, have signed a new collaboration agreement between the company and the Centre, based on the 'CNIO Friends' philanthropic initiative. The agreement is intended to promote cancer research and train scientific...

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Raúl Rabadán, Jesús Serra Foundation 'visiting researcher'

Madrid, 7 August, 2017

The ninth edition of the Visiting Researchers Programme of the Jesús Serra Foundation (from the Catalana Occidente Group) is bringing Raúl Rabadán, Professor of Systems Biology and director of the Columbia University Center for Topology of Cancer Evolution and Heterogeneity (USA), to the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) this summer. Rabadán and his team, experts in the mathematical analysis of biological data, will be spending a few months at the centre working with various groups...

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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CNIO and PharmaMar have signed a collaboration agreement to identify new anti-tumour therapies

Madrid, 21 March, 2017

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and PharmaMar (MSE:PHM) have signed a collaboration agreement which consists in the implementation of new screening tests to characterise potential anti-tumour compounds of marine origin.This agreement was presented at a ceremony held at the CNIO headquarters in the presence of Dr María A. Blasco, CNIO Director; Ms Carmen Vela Olmo, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and President of the Board of the CNIO; and Mr José...

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A play at a cancer research centre

Madrid, 1 March, 2017

The stage of the CNIO auditorium has hosted some of the world's most illustrious scientists. Nobel laureates, political leaders, cultural icons… However, on 7 March, the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) will become a theatre. On occasion of the International Women’s Day, and promoted by the centre's Women in Science and Engineering Office (WISE), a single performance of 'A Room of One's Own’, a stage adaptation of the work by Virginia Woolf, will be offered.In this work, Woolf...

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World-renowed brain tumour experts gather at the CNIO

Madrid, 16 February, 2017

Brain tumours are going to be the key players at the upcoming CNIO-"La Caixa" Foundation Frontiers Meetings (CFM), which will bring together 130 experts from around the world to address, from a multidisciplinary perspective, all aspects related to this heterogeneous and complex pathology. The meeting will take place from 19 to 22 February in the auditorium of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)."Primary and secondary brain tumours are an unmet clinical need," explains Manuel...

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ASISA Vida and 'CNIO Friends’ join forces for cancer research

Madrid, 30 January, 2017

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has signed a collaboration agreement with ASISA Vida linked to a new product launched by this company. It is an insurance policy for women, which includes specific coverage of gynaecological cancer. Thanks to the awareness the insurance company has for this issue, 5% of the premiums of ASISA Vida Mujer will be donated to the 'CNIO Friends’ initiative to fund cancer research.ASISA Vida has, therefore, become a member of the 'CNIO...

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'Excelentes': A book of portraits on ideas that drive the world

Madrid, 27 January, 2017

Where do the ideas that expand our vision of the world come from? What lies behind discoveries, technological progress, great social change? The answer is: people. People with ideas, with emotions, and with a way of processing reality. However, when a discovery is announced, the intangible spark with which that advance originated is hardly ever mentioned, nor the mental process involved in the minds of those who made it possible. Were there any doubts? What role did perseverance, inspiration,...

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Maria Blasco, Doctor 'honoris causa' by the University of Alicante

Madrid, 26 January, 2017

On Friday 27 January, the University of Alicante shall confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor honoris causa upon Maria A. Blasco, Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). She will be the eleventh woman to be conferred this honour by this academic institution in its 37 years of existence.The ceremony will take place at 12:00 in the auditorium of the University and will be chaired by the Rector. The Vice-Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer, Amparo Navarro, will be...

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