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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

University of Barcelona researchers describe a new anatomic structure in the ankle

University of Barcelona researchers describe a new anatomic structure in the ankle

According to the guidelines of human anatomy, the ligaments in the ankle are grouped structured by two ligament complexes: the lateral collateral ligament –in the side of the joint and formed by three independent ligaments- and the medial or deltoid collateral ligament. In this new scientific study, the UB research team defined a new anatomic structure in the ankle, the lateral fibulotalocalcaneal ligament complex (LFTCL). Describing this anatomic structure is now possible thanks to the analysis of fibers that link two of the lateral collateral ligament compounds.  Also, for the first time, they describe one of the parts in this new structure as intra-articular.

Professor Rocío Da Riva studies a 120-meter Neo-Babylonian relief in the archaeological site of Sela, in Jordan

Professor Rocío Da Riva studies a 120-meter Neo-Babylonian relief in the archaeological site of Sela, in Jordan

A team formed by Spanish, Jordan and German elite archaeologists and climbers, led by UB professor Rocío Da Riva, studied the archaeological site of Sela during a campaign. This is a relief of the Babylonian king Nabonidus (6th century BCE), in a 120-meter high headland. The objective is to know this site in detail, known as the Little Petra, due its similarity to the famous archaeological enclave. To access this 90-meter high place, they needed to learn rappel dropping techniques.

Non-invasive stent monitoring techniques tested

Non-invasive stent monitoring techniques tested

Researchers from the Research Institute Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP), the Biomedical Research Networking Center on Cardiovascular Diseases (CIBERCV), the University of Barcelona and the the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have created a new field probe to detect in a non-invasive and non-ionizing way the presence of metallic stents as well as their potential structural failures through microwave spectrometry (MWS). Results were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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