Flash Talks

Tolcapone: one drug to rule them all

Francisca Pinheiro

The standard drug discovery pipeline comprises target discovery and validation, screening or designing chemicals with biological activity, evaluate their absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity and optimizing the drugs, assessing the efficacy and toxicity in clinical trials and final obtaining the approval. This is a very large process that takes around 12 to 17 years, involving a huge amount of …

Entropy and gravity

Marius Oltean

It is a manifest fact of our everyday experience that the universe is moving towards greater and greater disorder, called in physics “entropy”: smoke exits a cigarette but does not enter into it, a drop of milk spreads through a cup of coffee but does not collect itself back together. At the same time, the laws of physics at the …

Making sense of the world: The role of foreign correspondents in intercultural communication

Adrià Calatayud-Vaello

In a globalized world, there is little doubt about the importance of intercultural competences. Yet intercultural communication studies are a relatively young field, which means that there is much to be done. The research on intercultural communication has generally focused on interpersonal communication rather than on the mediated one. There is a research gap to be filled there. Within mediated …

Differential water cristal formation regarding latitude

John Slow

During last years several studies have been carried out to observe the evolution of the growing pattern of water ice crystals, colloquially known as snowflakes. The entropy change involved in the phase transition between both states could be easily measured with standard techniques and several other variables can be traced, as the Gibbs energy and, specially, the enthalpy. It has …

EL INMIGRANTE COMO “ENEMIGO INTERNO”: ANÁLISIS DE LA SECURITIZACIÓN DE LA MIGRACIÓN EN CHILE

María Fernanda Barrera Rodríguez

El presente trabajo  estudia la relación entre seguridad y migración en Chile. La perspectiva teórico-metodológica se construye a partir del concepto de securitización, y de claves teóricas como el concepto de Estado y expulsabilidad de Abdelmalek Sayad. De esta forma, se toma una idea ampliamente difundida por la escuela de Paris, la cual, a su vez inspirada por teóricos como …

The epidemiological relevance of cats in leptospirosis

Andrea Murillo

Leptospirosis is caused by a spirochaete bacterium of the genus Leptospira. Is a zoonotic disease of worldwide distribution that affects a huge diversity of species. In humans, leptospirosis is characterized by nonspecific symptoms such as headaches, high fevers, jaundice, hemorrhagic mucous membranes. When the presentation is severe it can produce multisystemic complications such as acute or hepatic renal failure, or …

Review of classical film theory from the neurocinematics

Sanz Javier

One of the main discussions in film theory is the controversy around the existence of a cinematographic language. In the 1920s the first theories appear about the cinematographic language. These first theories proposed the change of shot as the language syntax. But is in the 1960s when the positions would be clearly defined through Mitry, that affirms the existence of …

Health Inequalities: What do we know about them? How to address them? How to strengthen action on them?

Lucinda Cash-Gibson

Background: Globally there is ever growing interest in health inequalities – i.e. avoidable systematic differences in the health status of a society – and with this interest there has been an increasing volume of research over the past few decades which identifies that these inequalities exist between and within societies at all levels (i.e. neighbourhoods, regions and countries). Emphasis has …

The Importance of Critical Editions and the Fostering of Philosophy and Classics

Joan Tello

The aim of my presentation is twofold. On the one hand, to point out the importance of undertaking critical editions; and, on the other hand, to draw attention to the unspoken policy of neglecting the fostering of Classical Studies and Philosophy. Strange and paradoxically as it might seem, our contemporary world seems to be about to experience another Dark Age. …