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An IDIBGI and UPF paper recognised as the best biomedical publication of the year at the Constantes y Vitales awards

10 November 2022
  • The study, published in the scientific journal Cell Host & Microbe in February, associates a type of virus present in the intestinal microbiota with improved cognitive capacity in humans, mice and flies.
  • This morning awards were presented to the authors of the study, led by researchers José Manuel Fernández-Real, Jordi Mayneris-Perxachs and Anna Castells, from IDIBGI, in collaboration with Rafael Maldonado, from the UPF.

A study by the Institute of Biomedical Research of Girona Dr. Josep Trueta (IDIBGI) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) has been recognised as the best biomedical publication of the year in Spain at the Constantes y Vitales awards, promoted by La Sexta and the Axa Foundation. The awards were presented this morning at the eighth edition of the awards at a ceremony held at the Palacio Neptuno in Madrid.

The paper was published in the scientific journal Cell Host & Microbe in February and associates the presence of Caudoviral viruses in the gut microbiota with improved cognitive and memory functions in humans, mice and flies. The results show that some viruses present in the gut microbiota influence the relationship between the microbiome and the brain.

La investigación ha estado liderada por investigadores del grupo de investigación en Nutrición, Eumetabolismo y Salud del IDIBGI, encabezados por José Manuel Fernández-Real, jefe del mismo grupo y al mismo tiempo Jefe de la Sección de Endocrinología del Hospital Dr. Josep Trueta de Girona, Catedrático de Medicina y director del departamento de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad de Girona (UdG), e investigador ICREA Academia; y Jordi Mayneris-Perxachs, investigador Miguel Servet del mismo grupo y primer autor junto a Anna Castells, también investigadora del grupo. Todos ellos pertenecientes también al CIBER de Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBEROBN).

The research was led by researchers from the Nutrition, Eumetabolism and Health research group at IDIBGI, headed by José Manuel Fernández-Real, head of the same group and at the same time Head of the Endocrinology Section at the Hospital Dr. Josep Trueta in Girona, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Girona (UdG), and ICREA Academy researcher; and Jordi Mayneris-Perxachs, Miguel Servet researcher in the same group and first author together with Anna Castells, also a researcher in the group. All of them also belong to the CIBER on Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN).

The article has been carried out in collaboration with the Neuropharmacology Laboratory research group, led by Rafael Maldonado, from the Department of Medicine and Life Sciences (MELIS) at Pompeu Fabra University. The FISABIO Foundation, the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio) of the University of Valencia and CSIC, and CIBERESP; and the University of Alicante (UA) have also participated.

About the Constantes y Vitales awards

The Constantes y Vitales awards are an initiative of La Sexta and the Axa Foundation to highlight the research and preventive health work of the Spanish scientific community. The awards recognise biomedical research projects of excellence in four categories.

The category for the best biomedical publication, with the collaboration of the FECYT, recognises the best original publication in any of the scientific journals included in the Science Citation Index (SCI) published between July 2021 and June 2022. The jury is made up of professionals of recognised prestige in the field of scientific and medical research, and in this category, it especially values that the research may represent an important advance in the biomedical field, taking into account its results, repercussion, social incidence and impact.

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