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9% of the ICREA Foundation contracts granted to the PCB

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9% of the ICREA Foundation contracts granted to the PCB

Since its establishment three years ago, the Fundació Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (, Foundation of the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies) has incorporated more that 85 scientists into the Catalan research system; of these, 8 have joined the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB, Barcelona Science Park). Most of the ICREA researchers in the PCB work in fields linked to life sciences and medicine.

On 10 November, the ICREA Foundation presented its report, which provides information on the three application calls to date. According to this report, 63% of the researchers have been assigned to Catalan universities, 19% to research centres that belong to the Associació Catalana d’Entitats de Recerca (ACER, Catalan Association of Research Entities), 9% to the PCB, 8% to centres that belong to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (, Spanish Council for Scientific Research) and 1% to other centres.

With respect to the PCB, the first ICREA call in 2001 led to the incorporation of the researcher Xavier de la Cruz, Ph.D. in Biology, into the of the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IRBB-PCB). Dr. De la Cruz develops methods and bioinformatic techniques with which to study normal and pathological variability within the proteome.

In 2002, Maria Macías, P.h.D in Organic Chemistry, joined the PCB as the principal investigator of the of the IRBB-PCB, with the objective to perform the structural characterization of biomolecules through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

In the last ICREA call, the PCB was assigned four additional researchers, who have joined the IRBB-PCB. Two were Lluís Ribas and Marco Milán, both holders of Ph.D.s in biochemistry. Dr. Ribas is the principal investigator of the , which develops new selection methods for antibiotics. Dr. Milán, on the other hand, heads the , which studies the role of the Apterous LIM-homeodomain protein in the wing growth of Drosophila.

In addition, the following researchers will join the PCB through the ICREA programme: Kristina Ivanova, Ph.D. in physics, specialized in non-lineal dynamic systems and Eduard Batlle, Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, who will join the IRBB-PCB.

Founded in 2001 and the initiative of the Departament d’Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació (, Dept. of Universities, Research and the Information Society) and the (Catalan Research Foundation), the ICREA aims to contribute to the growth of the Catalan research system through providing stable contracts to Catalan scientists who are currently working abroad and wish to return and through the incorporation of researchers of other nationalities who wish to conduct their activities here.