The genetics of drug addiction

For an individual to enter an addictive process involves both their social environment and their individual vulnerability factors, which involve both personality and genetic components. Advances in research have identified genes and pathways involved in the process of addiction, leading to the description of common molecular mechanisms in drug dependencies. On October 7th and 8th…

2009

5th edition – Maó, September, 21-22 2009

Teachers face a new challenge with the introduction of the European Higher Education Area. The new system places the student at the center of the teaching process, emphasizing self-directed learning where the student is the protagonist and not merely a passive recipient of knowledge. In this sense, the new teaching methods require active student participation,…

2009

Aula El País: Women in science (2nd)

In her position as Secretary of State for Universities and Research in Felipe González’s first government, Carmina Virgili found but one obstacle for the fact of being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated environment: on more than one occasion, La Moncloa’s doorkeepers would block her way on the grounds that only high-ranking positions were allowed in. She…

2009

11th Award: A truncating mutation of HDAC2 in human cancers confers resistance to histone deacetylase inhibition

Santiago Ropero and Manel Esteller worked together in the epigenetics laboratory of the National Cancer Research Center (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas) (CNIO) when they published in Nature Genetics in 2006 the discovery of the mutation in an epigenetic gene in human cancer. Three years later, Ropero, from the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University…

Migraine headache: Current knowledge and future therapies

Migraine continues to remain a major scientific mystery. We know that it is preceded by premonitory symptoms such as aura or impaired vision in some cases, causing nausea and unilateral pain accompanied by intense headache, and involves sensory distress such as photophobia or excessive sensitivity to sound. However, the treatment of migraine remains a major…

2009

8th edition – Barcelona, May, 18-19 2009

When speaking in front of an audience, only 15% of what actually reaches the public corresponds to the spoken message. In contrast, more than half the information retained by listeners lies in nonverbal communication. Indeed, the lecturer’s posture, gesture and eye gaze tell a lot more on how he/she feels than mere words. These courses organized…

2009