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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 functional change in brains of patients with type 1 diabetes

Researchers find functional change in brains of patients with type 1 diabetes

Researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and the Institute of Complex Systems ( UBICS ) of the University of Barcelona have identified differences in the pattern of the neurofunctional activation in patients with type 1 diabetes. The study, conducted with neuroimaging techniques, represents an important step towards the understanding of how T1D can affect the brain during the cognitive activity and could have implications in the treatment for people who suffer from this metabolic disease. T1D is a chronic disease caused by a lack of insulin, an hormone that controls the sugar in blood. This type of diabetes forces patients to take insulin daily and it is an important cause for blindness, renal impairment and myocardial infarct, among other complications.

Improving the prediction model of Spanish power grid’s vulnerability in solar storms

Improving the prediction model of Spanish power grid’s vulnerability in solar storms

In September 1859, a big sun burst caused the most violent geomagnetic storm so far –the Carrignton Event- which destroyed the telegraph systems of that time. Nowadays, satellites, electric lines, transport, communication and positioning systems are some of the technological resources that could stop functioning due the impact of geomagnetic storms on Earth.

A new study on environmental economy helps improving the preservation of amphibians in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

A new study on environmental economy helps improving the preservation of amphibians in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

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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