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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

A new study changes the scientific paradigm on the evolutionary origins of the brain in vertebrates

A new study changes the scientific paradigm on the evolutionary origins of the brain in vertebrates

An international team has published in the journal PLOS Biology, an article which alters the classic model of the brain formation process in vertebrates and its biological evolution. The new study, conducted with animal models (amphioxus, zebrafish and mice), is led by the experts Jordi García-Fernàndez, from the Institute of Biomedicine of the University of Barcelona (IBUB); José Luis Ferran and Luis Puelles, from the University of Murcia (UMU), and Manuel Irimia, from the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG).

A study by the UB shows the influence of immersive virtual reality on racial bias

A study by the UB shows the influence of immersive virtual reality on racial bias

Researchers of the University of Barcelona have studied the influence of immersive virtual reality (IVR) on racial bias. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has used this technology to analyse the effects of immersion on a virtual person in automatic behaviours towards other races. The results show that adopting a certain virtual race, regardless of the real one, has an effect on certain unconscious behaviours towards virtual people with the same color. According to the researchers, these results show the impact of these experiences in the perception, behaviour and attitudes but they also open the door to the uses of this technology to fight racist attitudes.

A cellular model to study the relation between neurodegenerative diseases is designed

A cellular model to study the relation between neurodegenerative diseases is designed

Thanks to the cells of a patient with a rare neurodegenerative disease -the Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome (GSS)- researchers from the Institute of Neurosciences of the UB and IBEC have created neurons showing other neurodegenerative processes which so far had not been related to this minority disease. This scientific finding could open new doors to the study of neurodegenerative pathologies with diagnoses similar to Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, according to the study published in the journal Molecular Neurobiology, led by José Antonio del Río, professor from the Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology of the Faculty of Biology, and member of the Institute of Neurosciences of the UB and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).

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