The new clinical trial CONSTAN testing of effectiveness of the RUTI® vaccine to shorten tuberculosis treatment times

The biotechnology company Archivel Farma has designed and set up a phase IIb clinical study called CONSTAN to explore whether administering the immunotherapy RUTI®, known as the RUTI® vaccine, along with the standard treatment for patients with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) improves results. The principal investigator of the project is Dr Cristina Vilaplana, leader of the Experimental Tuberculosis Unit (UTE) at the Germans Trias I Pujol Research Institute (IGTP). The study has been approved by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) and the First Patient In will be welcomed in January 2022

Presentation of the ACROFACE project at Germans Trias for early detection of people with acromegaly

The Endocrine, Thyroid and Obesity Research Group led by Dr Manel Puig Domingo and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) spin-off company UP2SMART have created an artificial intelligence that can detect early facial changes in photographs.  The software opens the door for an early detection system for acromegaly, a rare disease which produces deformities in facial and skeletal bone structure and has a range of other effects such as cardiac problems, diabetes and cancer. It is frequently diagnosed 10 years after onset, which leads to further complications.

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Air pollution does not increase the risk of getting infected but does increase the risk of getting sick from COVID-19

Long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with a higher risk of developing COVID-19 among those people who get infected, shows the COVICAT Study led by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation, and co-led by the GCAT' Genomes for Life-Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), Badalona. The study, published in Environment Health Perspectives, provides further evidence on the health benefits of reducing air pollution.

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IV Workshop on translational research on urological tumours. From the laboratory to clinical practice

On 11-12 November the IV Workshop on translational research on urological tumours: from the laboratory to clinical practice took place at the Badalona Conference Centre (BCIN). They were jointly organized by the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) and the Badalona Applied Research Group in Oncology (B·ARGO), and the Institut Català d'Oncologia (ICO) and are scientifically accredited by SEOM and SOGUG.