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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

Non-native species do not make native fish more vulnerable to pollution in Mediterranean rivers

Non-native species do not make native fish more vulnerable to pollution in Mediterranean rivers

The presence of exotic fish in rivers does not alter the native fish response to the environmental pollution, according to an article published in the journal Science of the Total Environment and signed by the researchers Alberto Maceda Veiga, from the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio); Adolfo de Sostoa, from the Faculty of Biology and IRBio, and Ralph Mac Nally, from the University of Canberra (Australia).

Researchers identify neural mechanisms that strengthen or weaken memories during sleep

Researchers identify neural mechanisms that strengthen or weaken memories during sleep

A study led by the University of Barcelona has identified the process in the brain which strengthens or weakens memories of our daily events while we sleep. According to the study published in the scientific journal The Journal of Neuroscience , the brain reactivates networks of interrelated memories during sleep, instead of doing so with isolated memories. Also, researchers show that in this memory reactivation process, the brain also promotes the forgetting of less important and less established information in the network of memories.

A theoretical study explains the “natural selection” of proteins

A theoretical study explains the “natural selection” of proteins

Researchers from the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of Barcelona (IN2UB), in collaboration with a team from the University of Vienna, presented the first computational study that mimics the natural selection of proteins in water under different environmental conditions, aiming to design amino acid sequences able to express their functions at specific temperatures and pressures.

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