• Cancer treatments are always progressing: in addition to diagnostic and surgical improvements, in recent years there has also been a whole battery of new drugs based on precision medicine, drugs that target the specific particularities of each tumor in each patient. On 7th and 8th of April 2016, researchers from around the world gathered at B·Debate to propose ideas and discuss the latest advances, challenges and difficulties in the fight against cancer.Read more
  • B·Debate Microbiome
    An old, and old-fashioned, dream of medicine was to live without bacteria. However today we now know how wrong that was. We play host to approximately 2 kg of them, coexisting and having an impact on a wide range of processes, many of which were unimaginable just a few years ago. It has been called the last organ: the microbiome. To share and discuss these and other advances, some of the top experts in the world met on June 30th and July 1st reunited by B·Debate and the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Center .Read more
  • 21/06/2017
    Children’s brains are always growing and developing, but unfortunately this complex machine can also break down. Traditionally, pediatric neurology has addressed these problems according to the symptoms that cause them: epilepsy, mental retardation, autism and movement disorders, for example. However this approach isn't enough because the categories overlap and the symptoms are only the external manifestation of the underlying problem. Studying only these manifestations isn't normally enough to treat the problem. In this meeting, co-organized by B·Debate and the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital , scientific leaders in different aspects of neurobiology and other sciences coincided and discussed about the relation between the synaptic dysfunction in neuropediatric disorders.Read more
  • 22/06/2017
    Genetic information is stored in DNA, like an instruction manual. But it isn't so easy to read. In general, the same letters appear in books that are as different as a skin cell, liver cell or heart cell. What sets the stories they tell apart then? Epigenetics, the intimate relationship and regulation of the letters and their readers. To discuss part of the new advances, some of the top international experts in the field met for a B·Debate session during the 29th and 30th of October.Read more
  • Thanks to advances in medicine and public health in recent decades, we’re living longer lives, however new challenges have appeared, like curbing the impact of cognitive deterioration associated with ageing and neurodegenerative diseases. Top international experts in the field of brain presented the results of their research at B·Debate, an initiative of Biocat and the "la Caixa" Foundation, co-organized in this case by Institut Guttmann and sponsored by BILAT USA 2.0.Read more
  • Biomedical research has advanced leaps and bounds in recent years, but there are still many roads ahead to explore. One thing that is normally considered a limiting factor is the technology used in research, which not only gives us access to more information but also makes it more reliable. To debate these advances, some of the top international experts met on October 1 and 2, 2015, for a session of B·Debate, an initiative of Biocat and the “la Caixa” Foundation to promote scientific debate.Read more
  • Synthetic biology is the field of science that deals with designing (or redesigning) living organisms in order to understand how they work and attempt to adapt them. The goal: to create what nature hasn’t yet on its own. Some of the top international experts discussed the latest advances in this field at B·Debate , an initiative of Biocat and the “la Caixa” Foundation to promote scientific debate.Read more
  • Each human being plays host to some 100 trillion bacteria, of some 10,000 different types, weighing an average of 2 kilograms. And while in the past we dreamed of being free of microorganisms, today we know that aspiration was misguided. Some of the top international experts in the microbiome presented and commented on the latest work in this area at B·Debate, an initiative of Biocat and the “la Caixa” Foundation to promote scientific debate.Read more
  • Breakthroughs in knowledge and technology mean we’re seeing a boom in neuroscience. The prefix "neuro" has invaded nearly every area of our vocabulary, and society demands constantly updated information on developments in this field and their ever more widespread applications. Some of the top global experts in the field presented their work at this B·Debate –an initiative of Biocat and the "la Caixa" Foundation to promote scientific debate– co-organized by IDIBAPS.Read more
  • The production of food (mainly grains) will have to increase 70% to feed the more than 9 billion people on the planet by 2050, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Top global experts in agrigenomics presented their work in this field at B·Debate, an initiative of Biocat and the “la Caixa” Foundation to promote scientific debate, in conjunction with the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and with support from the National Science Foundation (United States).Read more