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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 a new therapeutic target that could slow Parkinson’s progression

Researchers find a new therapeutic target that could slow Parkinson’s progression

A team of researchers of the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) have identified a possible mechanism to slow the neurodegenerative progression of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s neuronal degeneration is caused by Lewy bodies, abnormal aggregates created inside neurons with an altered version of α-sunyclein, a protein found in neurons’ cytoplasm.

Maritime displacements favoured the fast Neolithic expansion in West Mediterranean

Maritime displacements favoured the fast Neolithic expansion in West Mediterranean

The Neolithic spread in Europe occurred mainly by land and progressively. However, a study by the UdG, UB and the Colgate University concludes that the Neolithic expanded eight times faster in the western Mediterranean coast than in the rest of the continent. Therefore the hypotheses stating that Neolithic populations moved through the sea are now confirmed.

New data on Cretaceous plants’ pollinating insects from 105 million years ago

New data on Cretaceous plants’ pollinating insects from 105 million years ago

Darwinlyus marcosi is the name of the beetle –inspired in Charles Darwin’s passion for these insects- representing the first scientific evidence of a new pattern of pollination from insects of the mid-Cretaceous, according to an article of the journal Current Biology, published by researchers of the University of Barcelona, Universitat Jaume I, and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, in collaboration with experts from the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University (United States).

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