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The University of Barcelona (UB) is Spain’s leading research university, publishing more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators).

The guidelines for research policy are drawn up by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research. Research activities are managed by the UB office Research Management (OGR), which is in charge of national research programs, the UB office International Research Projects (OPIR), which is responsible for European projects, and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (FBG), which oversees knowledge transfer and relations with the business sector. The Science and Technology Centres (CCiTUB) are a group of UB centres that support research both in the university and in other public and private institutions.

Interesting facts

The UB has:

  • 59 departments
  • 23 institutes and research centres
  • 301 consolidated research groups
  • 663 active research projects

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Recent notable publications

Researchers find basic mechanisms for root growth and cell replenishment

Researchers find basic mechanisms for root growth and cell replenishment

Understanding the functioning of root biology is crucial to know how plants suffer or adapt to adverse environmental conditions like droughts. Two recent studies describe these kinds of mechanisms: one of them, published in the journal Molecular Systems Biology, describes the process through which cells stop growing due cell differentiation; the second one, published in Journal of Cell Science, describes plants’ cell replenishment after being damaged.

Researchers describe a rare disease associated with autistic features after identifying a new patient

Researchers describe a rare disease associated with autistic features after identifying a new patient

The whole-exome sequencing of a patient, published in the journal Scientific Reports, favoured the diagnoses of FOXP1 syndrome, a rare disease, which shows autist features and language delay. Only twenty people have been diagnosed with this genetic disease at a global scale, thus every new case helps describing the disease better. Having a solid molecular diagnose is essential to open the doors towards a better treatment and clinical examination of the patient, as well as providing a prenatal diagnosis to parents and help families sharing experiences and information.

Two important Levantine rock art archaeological sites are found

Two important Levantine rock art archaeological sites are found

The researchers from the Seminar on Prehistoric Studies of the University of Barcelona (SERP-UB) Inés Domingo and Dídac Roman, published the location of two prehistoric archaeological sites which are an important contribution to the knowledge of Levantine cave paintings, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In particular, these findings are in Volta Espessa and Ferranda, in Vilafranca (Castelló), paintings that stand out both for amount and the dimension of the represented motifs.

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