Flash Talks

Brainstorm@home: Fighting brain diseases with volunteer distributed computing

Mariona Torrens Fontanals

G protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs) are major targets for the pharmaceutical industry, being involved in a large number of physiological processes and pathologies, including neurodegenerative and psychotic disorders (1). Although GPCRs have been extensively studied over the past decades, the molecular details of underlying mechanisms responsible for many critical regulatory processes of this protein superfamily remain elusive (2). An attractive approach …

ResMarkerDB: a database of biomarkers of response to antibody therapy in breast and colorectal cancer

Judith Pérez Granado

The development and clinical efficacy of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies for breast and colorectal cancer have contributed greatly to the improvement of patients’ outcomes by individualizing treatments according to their genetic background [1]. Responding patients, however, may become resistant to treatment in advanced stages. In other cases, patients may be resistant to treatment even though they are molecularly characterized to be …

The importance of the architecture (also for the genome)

Mireia Ramos-Muntada

Genomic disorders are human diseases caused by DNA reorganizations leading to a gain, loss or alteration of dosage-sensitive genes. Usually, these disorders involve unstable chromosome regions, originate during gametogenesis and are due to non-faithful meiotic recombination processes (Non-Allelic Homologous Recombination – NAHR). Unstable chromosome regions involved in genome disorders are usually flanked by several blocks of Low Copy Repeats (LCRs). …

When the heart can not face the day. A new strategy for heart failure treatment.

Laia Yañez Bisbe

The heart is a muscular organ whose primary function is to pump blood containing the oxygen and nutrients the body needs. Heart failure (HF) is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart is not able to pump efficiently enough blood to meet the body’s demands. This could have been caused by heart attack, high blood pressure or lifestyle factors. …

Pedagogical hope: lived experiences of parents of children with Down syndrome

Karen Armijos-Yambay

Research has demonstrated that parental expectations may influence the global development of children with disabilities. But what happens when expectations fall short? Is there something that goes beyond them? When expectations vanish, hope prevails in a true pedagogical relationship. In fact, true educators live pedagogical hope as a core attitude in their daily life. This phenomenon has been explored within …

Characterization of the neutron field in proton therapy treatments.

Miguel Ángel Caballero-Pacheco

Since the first moment it was thought that hadrons could be used as projectile to kill tumours (a pioneer technique different from the usual radiotherapy treatments where photons and electrons are used, a brief comparison between the two techniques will be explained to the audience) it was clear that side effects could show up since in case we use protons as …

Conflicto de leyes y mercado de capitales: utilidad en la educación financiera

Jorge Erazo Robles

Este “flash talks” responde a la trasferencia provisional de resultados de investigación, presentando los hallazgos y utilidad práctica de la ciencia del Derecho internacional privado, sobre el fenómeno de cesión de créditos en la actividad bancaria de la Unión Europea. Por ejemplo, cuando una entidad de crédito, con sede en España vende una cartera de créditos por cobrar -de deudores …

The use of subtitling as an active pedagogical tool

Sonia González Cruz

Subtitling has been used as a didactic tool to develop linguistic skills by means of both passive and active methods. Active subtitling is a translation process which implies that students are in charge of producing their own subtitles. By means of this activity, students are expected to create and edit subtitles for a given audiovisual product. Although many projects related …

How to build a frontier: the Franks and the Spanish March

Sergi Tella

In 801, after a long and hard siege, the Carolingians succeeded in the conquest of the city of Barcelona, in andalusine hands for almost a century. From then onwards, this city became the main Carolingian strongpoint in the south of the Pyrenees, thus becoming the epicenter of the administrative district known as the Spanish March. Which was the interest of …

Next generation batteries: Focusing on Calcium and Magnesium chemistries

Juan Forero-Saboya

Lithium-ion batteries have had a huge impact in our daily lives since their first commercialization by SONY in 1991. The high capacity storage, together with long cycling live and high efficiency allowed the development of diverse portable electronics like smartphones, tablets and laptops.Despite the steady increase in its energy capacity during the years, Li-ion technology is slowly but surely reaching …