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Tackling shocking decline in nature needs a ‘safety net’ of multiple and ambitious goals

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A new report in Nature involving ICTA-UAB demonstrates that this measure would allow the absorption of nearly half of the carbon built up in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution.

Diet of pre-Columbian Societies in the Brazilian Amazon Reconstructed

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A new EJAtlas map launched by the ICTA-UAB denounces that the current model puts growth and gains before human lives and the nature it is intended to protect.

Ocean Warming and Acidification Effects on Calcareous Phytoplankton Communities

A new study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that the negative effects of rapid ocean warming on planktonic communities will be exacerbated by ocean acidification.

ICTA-UAB economist Joan Martínez Alier wins the Balzan Prize for Environmental Challenges

Economist Joan Martínez Alier from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology  of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the winners of the 2020 Balzan Prize in the category of "Environmental Challenges: Responses from the Social Sciences and Humanities".

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An international research involving ICTA-UAB scientists shows how local and indigenous knowledge can help manage ecosystems and wildlife.

New publication in the MAGIC project takes a critical look at circular economy

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Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet’s Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs at Least 5-to-1

First-of-its-kind report involving ICTA-UAB researcher shows the global economy is better off with more nature protected.

ICTA-UAB awarded the "María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time

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Environmental justice defenders victims of violence and murder

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Neolithic vessels reveal dairy consumption in Europe 7,000 years ago

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Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

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Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

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Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

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Catalonia's Scientific Contributions to Fighting Covid-19

Date: 2020-06-16

Sixty ICREA researchers, including Isabelle Anguelovski of the ICTA-UAB, lead more than a hundred research activities on Covid-19. 

More than a hundred research activities on Covid-19 are led by some sixty researchers from the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), including ICTA-UAB researcher Isabelle Anguelovski.

Thirty of these scientific investigations are also part of projects with financing granted through European or national competitive calls for research related to the current coronavirus pandemic.

These research activities are carried out solely or in collaboration with others, within the framework of the Catalan knowledge system (research centres, universities, large research facilities), and focus on various approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Among the projects in the field of epidemiology and prevention, the researcher Isabelle Anguelovski (ICTA-UAB, IMIM) works to identify the main manifestations of environmental justice related to Covid-19 in the cities of Barcelona and Boston. Her research analyses how social vulnerability plays a role in exposure to the pandemic, in infections and  in the responses posed to them. The research is also focused on how pandemic reactions exacerbate health inequalities. The study was organised through an international and open webinar held on June 5.

ICREA is a foundation launched in 2001 by the Government of Catalonia with the aim of attracting, selecting and hiring leading international researchers to work in research centres and universities in Catalonia.

Despite being a relatively small scientific institution compared to other international centres in terms of the number of researchers hired (264), ICREA stands out for producing publications of excellent quality and with a capacity for first-rate influence among the scientific community. This places ICREA as one of the world's leading scientific institutions in terms of the percentage of researchers with the most citations in the world (3.8%), ahead of other centres such as Harvard (7.7%), Stanford (4.5%), or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4.3%), and right behind the prestigious universities of Cambridge (2.5%) and Oxford (2.4%) .



Más de un centenar de actividades de investigación sobre Covid-19 desplegadas están lideradas por unos sesenta investigadores de la Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), entre los que se encuentra la investigadora del ICTA-UAB Isabelle Anguelovski.

Treinta de estas investigaciones científicas, además, forman parte de proyectos con financiación concedida a través de convocatorias competitivas europeas o estatales de ayudas contra la actual pandemia de coronavirus. Estas actividades de investigación se desarrollan en colaboración o en solitario en el marco de agentes del sistema catalán de conocimiento (centros de investigación, universidades, grandes infraestructuras de investigación) y se centran en varias aproximaciones al diagnóstico, el tratamiento y la prevención del virus SARS-CoV-2.

Entre los proyectos en el ámbito de la epidemiología y la prevención, la investigadora Isabelle Anguelovski (UAB-ICTA, IMIM) trabaja en la identificación de las principales manifestaciones de justicia ambiental de la Covid-19 en las ciudades de Barcelona y Boston. La investigación analiza cómo la vulnerabilidad social desempeña un papel en la exposición a la pandemia, en infecciones y en las respuestas que se les plantean; también se pone el foco sobre cómo las reacciones a la pandemia agudizan las desigualdades de salud. Estudio organizado a través de un seminario web internacional y abierto celebrado el 5 de junio.

El doctor Frederic Bartumeus (CEAB-CSIC) avanza en un sistema de predicción y seguimiento versátil útil para el estudio del efecto de la propagación del SARS-CoV-2; Toni Gabaldón (BSC, IRB) hace uso de genómica comparada de coronavirus animales y humanos secuenciados para ayudar a definir dianas para el desarrollo de vacunas o tratamientos. Por su parte, el investigador ICREA Carlos Perez García-Pando (BSC) caracteriza mediante supercomputación el impacto del confinamiento a escala estatal y europea sobre la polución en el aire.

Aunque dentro del estudio epidemiológico, desde ISGlobal el investigador Quique Bassat realiza un trabajo sobre los factores que provocan sobre los factores que provocan que menores índices de prevalencia de la pandemia entre los niños, mientras que el grupo liderado por Xavier Rodó implementa un modelo matemático para la Covid-19 para probar los efectos de diferentes grados de confinamiento, al tiempo que simula las diferentes estrategias de desconfinament.

Por cuanto al estudio de nuevas terapias contra la Covid-19, el investigador Xavier Barril (UB) participa de una iniciativa internacional para descubrir inhibidores de la principal proteasa del SARS-CoV-2, a la vez que investigador Miguel Chillon mejora desde el VHIR la caracterización biológica y molecular de la Covidien-19 para identificar nuevas dianas y opciones de tratamiento.

Finalmente, entre los proyectos de diagnóstico de la pandemia, el grupo Nanobioelectrónica & Biosensores del investigador Arben Merkoçi (ICN2) trabaja en un proyecto financiado por una convocatoria urgente de la CE para desarrollar una plataforma de detección a partir de nanopartículas de oro.

Puede consultar los detalles de estos proyectos y del resto de investigaciones lideradas por investigadores ICREA sobre SARS-CoV-2 en el apartado Actuaciones y proyectos del nuevo espacio web de Información actualizada del ámbito de conocimiento en relación con la Covid-19, creada desde la Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d’Empresa i Coneixement.
Entre las instituciones científicas mundiales con más impacto ICREA es una fundación impulsada en 2001 por el Gobierno de la Generalitat de Catalunya con el objetivo de atraer, seleccionar, y contratar investigadores de primera línea internacional para que trabajen en centros de investigación y universidades de Catalunya.

A pesar de ser una institución científica relativamente de baja dimensión comparada con otras de internacionales en cuanto al número de investigadores contratados (264), ICREA destaca por producir publicaciones de una excelente calidad y con una capacidad de influencia de primer orden entre la comunidad científica. Esto sitúa ICREA como una de las principales instituciones científicas mundiales en cuanto al porcentaje de los investigadores con más citas del mundo (3,8%), por detrás de otros centros como la Universidad de Harvard (7,7%), la de Stanford (4,5%), o el Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4,3%), y por delante - por ejemplo- de universidades prestigio como Cambridge (2,5%) y Oxford (2,4%).

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