The Mediterranean Office for Youth (MOY) lauded the excellence of the URV’s international master’s and doctoral programs, which promote exchanges between 16 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). The MOY awarded the program the seal of excellence as well as a package of scholarships for international master’s programs which include obligatory exchanges within the 16 UfM member countries. The Master’s in Euro-Mediterranean Relations (RELMED) is a joint international degree offered by the URV. The preregistration period for the degree has already begun. The RELMED was created in order to offer advanced courses on issues related to the main areas of cooperation in research and technology within the Union for the Mediterranean.
One of the members of the Microbiology Unit of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences of the URV, Doctor Alberto Miguel Stchigel, spent last December and January in Antarctica isolating and identifying microscopic fungi found in different types of materials. This fieldwork has resulted in the identification of two potential new species of the genus Chrysosporium and another of the genus Polypaecilum. These successes build on the successes of past years, which include the discovery of a new genus (Antarctomyces) and three new species of fungi found in Antarctic soil and lichens.
The Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre (CTTi) of the URV Foundation has implemented and applied an R&D&i Integrated Quality Management System which provides added value to the management of technology transfer projects conducted by researchers at the URV. The centre – one of the structures which comprises the knowledge transfer system of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia − continues to be the only public technology transfer centre in Spain to be awarded this quality certification.
Francesc Díaz and Òscar Pàmies, lecturers in the URV’s Faculty of Chemistry and Anthony Pym, a lecturer in the Faculty of Letters, have been recognized by the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) within its Academia program. Seven URV lecturers have now been honoured by the program: two in 2008, Josep Domingo Ferrer and Benjamín Iñiguez Nicolau from the School of Engineering; two in 2009, Francesc Medina from the University School of Chemical Engineering and Montserrat Diéguez from the Faculty of Chemistry; and these three in 2010, who have enjoyed the advantages of the program since 1 January.
Tecnoparc and the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) will join forces to work on issues related to the nutritional and health value of foods and their safety, and especially to evaluate the efficacy of nutritional foods. The cooperation agreement will be implemented through activities related to generating scientific knowledge, training, and publicising information on the efficacy of health claims of food products.
The Gastroenterology Unit of Joan XXIII University Hospital has added a new technique to its portfolio of services known as capsule endoscopy, an advanced technique for studying the small intestine. This technique is primarily used to study gastrointestinal haemorrhage of obscure origin, tumours in the small intestine, intestinal polyp syndromes and inflammatory bowel disease.
The Neurosurgery Unit at Joan XXIII University Hospital employed a new pioneering technique to drain haematomas in patients who have suffered an injury to the head, or what is known medically as a chronic subdural hematoma. The doctor who specialises in this technique, Marcos Escosa, is the lead author of a scientific article describing the successful use of the technique. The neurosurgery team at the hospital published the study in the official journal of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, Acta Neurochirurgica. This technique is not very invasive and is as effective as other conventional procedures, but it has the advantages of reducing hospital stays and postoperative complications.
A study coordinated by Doctors Ricardo Closa and Joaquín Escribano -of the URV’s Research Unit in Paediatrics, Nutrition and Human Development and researchers of the Pere Virgili Institute for Health Research- concluded that infants who consume a greater quantity of proteins in the first six months of life have kidneys that are 10% larger than other infants. The study was conducted as part of the 2002 EU Childhood Obesity Project which studies the relationship between protein consumption in the first six months of life with later metabolic programming. The study was published in Kidney International (in partnership with the Nature Publishing Group), a highly respected international journal in the field of nephrology.
This Tuesday the Minister of Education, Ángel Gabilondo, presided over the signing of the membership agreement for inclusion in the CEI network of universities selected as Campuses of International Excellence. The URV was responsible for one of the 23 projects recognized as Campuses of Excellence in the programme’s two calls for proposals.
Nineteen scientists at Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and two researchers from Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS) institutes have made the list of the best Spanish researchers in the fields of chemistry, information technology, physics, health sciences, food science and technology, biology and materials science. The list of experts is based on the “h-index”, which evaluates the impact of researchers in the scientific community.
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