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Researcher of the CIB Center is recognized by his studies on microbiome


Dr. Gregorio Iraola, Assistant Professor of the Integrative Biology Center (CIB) U. Mayor, received the Talent Awards 2021 awarded by the Pasteur Institute in recognition of his work on the network that brings together 31 international centers for biomedical research.

The Uruguayan scientist, Gregorio Iraola, received the Talent Awards, an annual distinction granted by the Pasteur Institute to two young scientists from the Pasteur Institutes Network of the World.

The jury distinguished the scientist for "his talent of him to integrate bioinformatics into experimental science projects" and stressed him that his Latinbiota project "can extend to the centers of the southern hem...

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Chilean scientists seek to improve the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine through intestinal bacteria


Bacteria Help Improve Coronavirus Vaccine Efficacy? Chilean researchers will seek to relate the role of bacterial flora in older adults and how their immune system responds to external pathogens.

It is no secret that the elderly population has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. In fact, they are a priority in the vaccination process against Covid-19. But how can the effectiveness of inoculation be verified in this age range? A couple of Chilean scientists set out to investiga...

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Spring allergies: how to prevent and distinguish them from covid-19?


Paola Murgas, PhD academic in Neurobiology U. Mayor, explains that "as a result of the pandemic, it is possible that there is confusion between the symptoms of both pathologies; however, there are two major differences, since the virus causes fever in almost 100 % of cases and not allergies. Likewise, the latter lead to high mucus, on the other hand, the covid does not cause this".

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Source: Radio Biobío, 22 de septiembre 2021


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Researchers U. Mayor will study the relationship between the microbiota and the efficiency of vaccination against Covid-19 in Chilean older adults


The project of the academics of the Center for Integrative Biology, Erick Riquelme and Felipe Court, was selected in the Global Challenge in Healthy Longevity Contest of the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID) and the US National Academy of Medicine ( NAM) that funds innovative projects in the area of ​​aging.

The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic caused havoc worldwide, mainly affecting the population of older adults, in whom the disease is more severe. In this context, doctors Erick Riquelme and Felipe Court, researchers at the Center for Integrative Biology Read More


CIB, U. Mayor joins the organization of the first Latin American Congress of Neuroarchitecture


The event, led by the Institute of Neuro Architecture and Design (NAD) of Chile, will take place between Monday 4 and Friday 8 October, and will bring together researchers who will expose how neuroscience, architecture and design can come together to create spaces that promote the well-being of people.

Even before the confinement that we have experienced this last year as a result of the pandemic, it was estimated that a person spends more than 90% of the day indoors, which is why it is essential that the spaces we inhabit are thought, designed and built to improve our quality of life and health.

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CIB Microscopy Coordinator spoke about the role of equipment centers during the pandemic


Dr. Ramón Ramírez is one of the founders of the Society of Specialists in Scientific Equipment (SEECA), which brings together professionals and specialists in the area belonging to different Chilean universities and which this month held the II Annual Meeting of Facility Managers, where the agreed, among other points, to prepare a database of all existing equipment in the country.

The coordinator of the Microscopy Hub of the Center for integrative biology of the Mayor University, Dr. Ramón Ramírez, was one of the speakers at the II Annual Meeting of Facility Managers, organized by the Society of Specialists in Scientific Equipment (SEECA),...

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"A current look at cancer in Chile": Researcher exposed the main problems surrounding the disease


Erick Riquelme, Doctor in Biological Sciences and researcher at the U. Mayor Integrative Biology Center, led a new date of The Thought Route, where he addressed the process of tumors, the main treatments, the latest findings for future drugs, and the multiple factors that influence cancer, which transform it into a highly complex condition. Check out the full exhibit HERE.

At a new date in the U. Mayor's Route of Thought cycle, the expert Erick Riquelme, Doctor of Biological Sciences and researcher at the U. Mayor Center for Integrative Biology, led the talk ent...

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Academics and students launch magazine with interviews with outstanding Chilean scientists


Gathered under the "B-Woman" VIP Project, the group has made a series of podcasts with professionals from various areas, with the aim of knowing their stories and motivating auditors. Thus, this coming Tuesday 29, at 11:00 hours, the guest will be the Undersecretary of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Dr. Carolina Torrealba, who will answer the questions of the students and the general public live. To participate in the activity click HERE

"The podcasts are born from the multiple questions asked by school children when we showed a...

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Researcher U. Mayor analyzed advances in the study on Alzheimer's and aging


The director of the U. Mayor Center for Integrative Biology, Felipe Court, argued that the new therapies could increase life expectancy, while reducing chronic diseases associated with old age. In addition, he referred to the approval of a new drug that would attack the causes of Alzheimer's, however, he cataloged the FDA's decision as hasty.

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US approves first new Alzheimer's drug in nearly 20 years


Dr. Felipe Court, director of the Center for Integrative Biology, explained that "the current drugs are symptomatic, that is, they do not modify the course of the disease, but rather reduce the symptoms. What is new about this is that it is the first drug that it is proposed as a drug that can eliminate the cause of the disease and, therefore, slow the progression. "

Radio Agricultura, June 8th, 2021

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Source: Diario Umayor


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Gero Center premiered the third version of "GeroTalks" with a talk about inequality in Alzheimer's


This Thursday 27th began a new edition of that cycle of conferences organized by the Geroscience Center for Brain Health and Metabolism, which brings together researchers from the U. Mayor and the U. de Chile. Thus, the first was carried out by María Carillo, director of the Alzheimer's Association in the United States, who provided revealing data, such as that in 2050 the cost of caring for these patients will reach US $ 1.1 billion in that country. Check the schedule HERE

Alzheimer's affects 50 million people in the world and so far it has not been controlled. In fact, this figure is expecte...

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Check out the Recommended by Dr. Felipe Court, Director of our center and researcher at the Geroscience Center for Brain Helth and Metabolism (GERO).


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Vaccination vs. contagions: how to evaluate the Chilean process?


Dr. Paola Murgas, researcher at the U. Mayor, Center for Integrative Biology, details that "in Chile the vaccines initially arrived" by drip "and mainly for the elderly. Meanwhile, other countries such as Israel went ahead and had already been vaccinated almost all of their population with the dose of Pfizer, in addition they closed the borders and strictly abided by the quarantine rules, which is very important.

Source: Radio FM Digital, 20 de abril de 2021


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CIB researcher was noted for her dissemination of science among children


Paola Murgas, doctor in Cell and Molecular Biology, was recognized by the Conicyt Explora Program on the Day of Women and Girls in Science and Technology, commemorated on February 11. At the institution, they highlighted her role as a scientific advisor to a group of students from La Florida.

"I have been working with Explora for 11 years and it is the first time I have received this recognition." This is how Dra. Paola Murgas, researcher at the Center for Integrative Biology of the U. Mayor, summarizes the mention that Explora Conicyt made on February 11. That day is internationally celebrated the Day of Women and Girls in Science and Technology, and Dr. Murgas was one of ...

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Technology "made in Chile": the contributions of national scientists to face the pandemic


The frenzied battle that laboratories fought around the world to find a vaccine to control the pandemic has not been the only work in the scientific world. Especially in our country, the covid-19 has motivated the generation of initiatives that show that in Chile it is possible to do quality science.

In this way, initiatives as varied as they were innovative emerged, such as tests to detect covid-19 and mobility studies to monitor confinement measures.

In this sense, universities have had to take a leading role in researching and generating scientific solutions to the pandemic, since the pandemic not only has to do with SARS-CoV-2, but with all the medical and social impli...

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Chilean scientist was recognized as one of the best researchers in Australia


Dr. Eduardo Albornoz, who is an associate researcher at the U. Mayor Center for Integrative Biology, is doing a post-doctorate at the University of Queensland, where he is working on possible therapeutic targets to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Thus, a few days ago he was named among the four "best emerging health researchers" of 2020 in that country.

Eduardo Albornoz does not like the treatment of "Dr." nor is it that struggle of "egos" which he has had to face many times in his career as a scientist. However, at 36 years old and with a career focused on stopping the development of neurode...

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Researcher U. Mayor discovers a possible new therapeutic target for leukemia


Dr. Julio César Cárdenas, a member of the Center for Integrative Biology, discovered that by reducing the activity of the mitochondria, blocking the IP3-sensitive calcium channel (IP3R), it was possible to selectively eliminate resistant leukemia-derived cells, which opens a potential treatment for leukemia patients who do not respond to dexamethasone drug therapy. The finding was published in the "International Journal of Molecular Science".

Can there be only one type of treatment that works for all types of cancer? That is the question that for years has motivated the work of Dr. Julio César Cárdenas, a researcher at the Center for Integrative Bi...

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Outstanding panelists discussed the importance of quality aging in Chile


The talk “Towards a healthy aging in Chile” was successfully held, a webinar organized by U. Mayor and the global company Abbott. The event brought together important figures from academia, the public and private sectors, to discuss the importance of generating a better quality of life for the elderly in the country. Relive the call here.

With the presence of prominent panelists, the discussion "Towards healthy aging in Chile" was held, an online event organized by the U. Mayor School of Sciences and Abbott, a multinational high-tech health Company.

In the call, which was attended by the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, specialists on the subject met to discuss the public...

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Researchers from the CIB U. Mayor discover neural benefits in the consumption of murtilla


Dr. René Vidal, together with Dr. Diego Rojas and Dr. Rodrigo Pérez, seek to discover the biomedical properties of this national fruit. To achieve this goal, they perform laboratory tests using cellular models of pathologies such as Huntington's disease. The first results showed that murtilla has neuroprotective properties that could prevent this type of case.

In Chile, the murta or murtilla grows in littoral forests and coastal mountains from the Maule Region to the Los Lagos Region, especially in the Cordillera de la Costa and part of the Andean foothills. In Argentina, it grows in the Andean foothills, and it's used mainly in jams, juices and chocolates. But the murtilla also has...

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CIB academic led the first study on the importance of Vitamin D at the cellular level in Chile


Dr. Carol San Martín and a team of neurologists worked with patients with cognitive impairment for two years. The gene for this receptor is important, since it modulates the gene expression of approximately 3% of our genome.

The researcher at the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB), Dr. Carol San Martín, led the first study on polymorphisms of the vitamin D receptor gene carried out in Chile in patients with cognitive impairment, together with neurologists from the Clinical Hospital of the University of Chile.

For two years, the team worked with patients with this disease, which is the period before Alzheimer's, and another group of controls of the same age, but with...

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CIB member investigates key treatment for a group of muscle diseases


Dr. Julio César Cárdenas, who was recently affiliated with the University of California at Santa Bárbara, is part of a study on idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, which includes dermatomyositis, which still does not have an explanation about its origin. Thus, the academic participated in the first work on mitochondrial function in cells derived from patients, and the results could change the treatment of these pathologies.

For four years, Dr. Julio César Cárdenas, researcher at the Mayor U. Center for Integrative Biology, led a team together with Dr. Carla Basualto from the University of Aysén. Together, they investigated idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, a group of diseases of ...

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Mayor U. rises 29 places in the 2020 Research Quality ranking of La Tercera and is ranked 9


Our house of studies managed to position itself within the top 10 of Chilean universities in the area: “We are very happy with the result. In recent years we have opted not only to deliver knowledge, but also to generate it ”, declared the Rector, Rubén Covarrubias Giordano.

As a reflection of the work that has been carried out in pursuit of academic excellence, the Mayor University made a significant leap in the 2020 Ranking of Universities prepared by La Tercera, going from 25th place in the 2019 measurement, to 18th place, within out of a total of 42 Higher Education institutions evaluated.

Likewise, our house of studies obtained an outstanding result in the area of ​​Res...

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Director of the Center for Integrative Biology of the U. Mayor is a member of the Latin American network for research on dementia


Dr. Felipe Court is part of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium on Dementia, whose objective is to carry out multicenter studies on aging and associated diseases in the population of Latin America and the Caribbean and to access national and international research funds.

Latin America has one of the highest prevalences of dementia in the world. One of the big problems for researchers is that most biomedical studies are carried out in the northern hemisphere, so there is a low representation of the Latin population. To reverse this situation, the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium on Dementia (LAC CD) was formed, made up of ten countries in the region.

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Scientists highlight a CIB researcher, who spoke at the main event on Neuroscience in Chile


Dr. Leonardo Valdivia, principal investigator at the Center for Integrative Biology, was selected to present his line of work at the XVI Annual Meeting of the Chilean Society of Neurosciences. There he exposed how functional eyes are built in a vertebrate model during embryogenesis.

The Annual Meeting of the Chilean Society of Neurosciences is one of the most important congresses in the country in its area. Within this event, the Young Neuroscientists Symposium is organized, in which those who are in the early stages of their careers and are in the process of being (or have already become) independent are selected to present their work. Among them, this year's version featured a l...

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Talks // Center for Integrative Biology takes up talks on popular science for children in Huechuraba


Led by the academic Joaquín Letelier, the initiative was born as an activity aimed at the commune's basic schools, but has now been extended to the community in general due to the pandemic. The main topics are related to the functioning of the brain.

During his doctorate at the Valparaíso Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Center (CINV), Joaquín Letelier visited several vulnerable schools with the aim of bringing science to children. In 2018 he joined the Center for Integrative Biology of the Universidad Mayor (CIB) as a researcher and his concern was kept alive. Thus, at the beginning of 2019, he contacted the Municipality of Huechuraba and the first scientific dissemination talks we...

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Parkinson's disease, dementia and the nervous system: This is how the GERO U. Mayor Center works


The initiative, which aims to study aging in Chile, renewed its project for the next 5 years, which will allow U. Mayor researchers to continue investigating neurodegenerative diseases associated with this stage of life. "After 5 years we were evaluated and we had a very good rating," explains Dr. Felipe Court, director of the CIB.

Source: Radio Biobío, 1 de noviembre de 2020


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The Gero Center of the U. Mayor renews a project that has studied aging in Chile for 5 years.


Through the Center for Integrative Biology, directed by Dr. Felipe Court, various researchers are working on projects that seek to anticipate the onset of diseases and understand how genetic, social and environmental factors influence the way Chileans age. The initiative, which also includes the U. de Chile, is part of the Priority Areas Fund (FONDAP) and will run for five more years.

GERO is a project of the Fund for Priority Areas of Chile (FONDAP), which in 2016 created a National Center of Excellence that brings together researchers from the Universidad Mayor and the University of Chile to study the biological bases of aging and establish genetic and environmental variables. an...

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How is the race for the covid-19 vaccine progressing?


Paola Murgas, a researcher at the U. Mayor Center for Integrative Biology, explains that "Chile acquired 32 million doses to test part of phase 3 (the most advanced) being developed by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech, which showed that the inoculation of 2 dose did not generate major side effects and managed to generate neutralizing antibodies."

Fuente: Diaro U.Mayor


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Covid // U. Mayor implements rapid testing system for covid-19 to restart Investigation efforts


It is Zerocov, a technology that allows saliva samples to be taken and the result obtained in one hour, achieving early and timely detection. So far, and experimentally, more than 100 tests have been carried out on researchers who resumed their functions at the Huechuraba campus.

The Mayor University, together with the Center for Integrative Biology and Genoma Mayor SpA, implemented an experimental system for rapid testing of covid-19, with the aim of partially resuming the work in the Technological and Research Centers. It is the colorimetric RT-LAMP test (cLAMP), which they called Zerocov.

The director of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB), Dr. Felipe Court, explai...

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U. Mayor researchers are part of a team that will seek to generate an early diagnosis to detect Alzheimer's.


Professionals from the Center for Integrative Biology, led by Dr. Felipe Court, are part of the project that was awarded resources from the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development, Fondef IDeA I + D, with the aim of creating a new blood biomarker, based in artificial intelligence algorithms, to detect in early stages subjects at risk of developing this pathology, which would triple those affected in Chile by 2050.

Currently one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases among our population is Alzheimer's, to the point that it is expected that by the year 2050 the number of patients will be three times the current number (600,000 people approx...

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CIB researchers lead a team that discovered a possible therapeutic target to fight various types of cancer


Julio César Cárdenas and Alenka Lovy, members of CIB U. Mayor, lead a group that for 6 years worked to detect that the inhibition of the IP3-sensitive calcium channel reduces cancer cells, but without eliminating normal cells. The research was published in the journal Science Signaling, and academics from the University of Chile and the US universities of Pennsylvania, Tufts and California also worked on it.

Researchers from the Centro de Biología Integrativa U. Mayor, Julio César Cárdenas and Alenka Lovy, led the team that after 6 years of work, published the results of a study that could bring good news in the creation of therapies against cancer, the second cause of de...

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Chilean scientists create and patent new and innovative therapy for deadly neurodegenerative disease


Claudio Hetz and René Vidal from the Millennium Institute of Biomedical Neuroscience (BNI) of the U. de Chile took eight years to develop it and now they have managed to register it in the US and the Netherlands.

Huntington's disease is a hereditary genetic neurodegenerative pathology that occurs due to a genetic mutation that affects a specific group of neurons and that is caused by the accumulation in the brain of a protein called huntington.

Until now, it does not have an effective treatment and after the appearance of uncontrolled movements, cognitive damage, behavioral disturbances and finally death follow.

"Unlike other neurodegenerative diseases, Huntington is ...

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Three thousand Chilean volunteers and six hospitals would test the virus vaccine / Participation of Dra. Paola Murgas about the topic


They will be the first to test the prototype of the Sinovac company. In this regard, Dr. Paola Murgas, researcher at the CIB U. Mayor Center, comments that "this vaccine, by the producer, has to comply with good manufacturing practices so that in Chile it can also be produced and marketed. In Chile we have that production capacity."


Source: CNN Chile


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Vaccine developed by the U. of Oxford opens the hope of a cure for the virus / Participation of Dra. Paola Murgas about the topic


Yesterday it was reported that the vaccine was shown to be "safe" and with signs of "inducing immune responses." Despite this, Paola Murgas, researcher at the U. Mayor Center for Integrative Biology, warns that "there are studies that mention that the response of our immune system would not be in the long term with this vaccine and it would be necessary to inject several doses."

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U. Mayor scientists discover key mechanism in neuronal regeneration


The team at th Center for Integrative Biology, led by its Director, Dr. Felipe Court, unveiled how glial cell transfer genetic material to neurons, enhancing their regenerative capacity. The research was on the cover of the lastest issue of the prestigious Journal of Cell Science.

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Source: Diario Las Ultimas Noticias


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INVESTIGATION // U. Mayor scientists discover possible therapy that would decrease neurodegeneration in Huntington's disease


Researchers from the Translational Neurobiology Laboratory, led by Dr. René Vidal, together with the support of laboratories from the University of Chile, the Netherlands, Israel and the USA, demonstrated the neuroprotective effect of a therapy based on growth factor IGF2. The work took 7 years and was published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, specialist in diseases that affect the brain.

"Huntington's disease is the leading hereditary neurodegenerative disease worldwide. It has an incidence of 3 people per 100,000 inhabitants." This is how Dr. René Vidal contextualizes the finding he made together with the academics of the Translational Neurobiology Laboratory, belongi...

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U. Mayor researchers discover cellular mechanism that would be key to increase neuronal regeneration


The team at the Center for Integrative Biology, led by its director, Dr. Felipe Court, unveiled how glial cells transfer genetic material to neurons, enhancing their regenerative capacity. The research was on the cover of the latest issue of the prestigious Journal of Cell Science.

"The study on the regeneration of neurons is of clinical importance, since regeneration is associated with the recovery of sentimental and motor functions in patients who have suffered damage to their nervous system, such as the spinal cord or as a consequence of neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging ".

In this way, Dr. Felipe Court, director of the Center for Integrative Biolog...

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Director of the CIB details the progress of his research on the reduction of neuropathies caused by chemotherapies


Dr. Felipe Court, together with academics Bruno Nervi and Margarita Calvo, recounts the results of therapy where they use metformin, a drug used in diabetic patients, as a compound to reduce side effects that occur in cancer patients, among numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet are counted.

The research began 6 years ago, when Dr. Felipe Court, director of the U. Mayor Center for Integrative Biology, began to collaborate with Dr. Bruno Nervi, who works at the Cancer Center of the Catholic University. They were later joined by Dr. Margarita Calvo, an expert in neuropathic pain.

Thus, after a time, the team that included doctoral students, medicine stud...

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U. Mayor signs research agreements with three top 70 universities in international rankings


Our house of studies established framework agreements with the universities Princeton (USA), Heidelberg (Germany) and Queensland (Australia), which will allow the exchange of academics and students, apply for funds together and create collaboration networks.

Taking a further step in its internationalization plan, the Universidad Mayor completed the signing of three agreements with major world study houses, located in the top 70 of various academic rankings, such as the Times Higher Education.

It’s about, Princeton University (United States), Heidelberg University (Germany) and the University of Queensland (Australia), with whom structured framework agreements were establishe...

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About 100 undergraduate students have completed internships at the U. Mayor Research Centers


Since 2018 to date, young people from different careers have participated in these instances, which seek to involve them in scientific projects or give them their first work experiences. The initiative, which is organized by the Research Immersion Program, has already been developed at the Santiago and Temuco locations.

Since 2018, nearly 100 students from different careers have participated in the internships organized by the Research Immersion Program, whose purpose is to involve young people in the research that takes place at the Universidad Mayor.

The Research and Teaching Link Coordinator, Victoria Paredes, commented that "the focus has ...

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U. Mayor researcher study suggests ketogenic diet may help treat a group of muscle diseases known as dysferlinopathies.


The work of Julio César Cárdenas, from the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB), found a possible relationship between this regimen - low in sugars and high in fats - and dysferlinopathies, a group of muscular diseases that generate progressive muscle weakness and that have not yet They have no cure or medical treatment.

Since the researcher of the Integrative Biology Center (CIB) of the U. Mayor, Julio César Cárdenas, completed his Doctorate in Skeletal Muscle at the University of Chile, he was attracted to this organ and its ability to modify or generate reactions that impact to the whole organism.

This interest led him to work and collaborate with Dr. Jorge Bevilaqcua, wh...

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Felipe Court: "The lower the level of education, the greater the probability of having Alzheimer's"


He is a neurobiologist and is dedicated to studying the aging process in order to preventively detect and treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and dementia. In addition to the results he monitors in his laboratory, he dedicates part of his free time to the violin and microscopic photography.

On a hillside in Huechuraba, overlooking the business city, is one of the Universidad Mayor's campus. There, installed in an office next to his laboratory, is Felipe Court (44) full professor and director of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of this university. Before arriving here, his academic career has been as follows: he studied biology and art at the C...

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VIP Projects: the tool that fosters the link between undergraduate and research carried out in the U. Mayor.


After a year since its implementation, this program of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, which seeks that academics, researchers and students work together, has 14 projects underway.

A new type of subject that allows the link between undergraduate and research carried out at the Universidad Mayor, in a format that encourages work on highly challenging and motivating interdisciplinary projects. That is what the “Vertically Integrated Projects VIP” program is in charge of, in charge of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies of our house of studies.

This initiative was presented in September 2018 by Edward Coyle, an academic from the prestigious Georgia Tech, an Ameri...

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CIB Coordinator participated in the organization of the first meeting of Microscopy Units of Chilean universities


Dr. Ramón Ramírez is one of the founders of the Advanced Imaging and Bioinformatic Initiative (AIBI), which seeks to create a network of professionals and equipment nationwide.

The coordinator of the Microscopy Unit of the Center for Integrative Biology of the Universidad Mayor, Dr. Ramón Ramírez, was one of the organizers of the first meeting of professionals and specialists in the area belonging to different Chilean universities.

The activity was held on January 23 and 24 and 30 centers participated, in addition to institutions such as the University of Chile, Catholic, Austral and Andrés Bello, in addition to sponsoring companies such as Microsxchile, Micromundo, PerkinEl...

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Largest study of its kind in which 50 centers participated: Finding 102 genes associated with autism opens doors to better diagnosis and more therapies.


Although it is estimated that cases of autistic disorder (ASD) have doubled in the last 10 years, their origin and causes are still unknown.

But research published yesterday in the scientific journal Cell delivers a sharper picture of this condition.

In a work carried out among 50 centers around the world, a group of scientists discovered 102 genes associated with the disorder, which means that there are clues of which vehicles would lead to the disease.

The finding is not minor if two data are considered: until 2015, there were only nine genes identified and, on the other hand, almost 50% of the cases are due to genetics, but how many of the 20 thousand genes are sti...

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Researcher U. Mayor describes gene associated with autism and regulating the formation of the cerebral cortex


The research, led by Dr. Gonzalo Cancino of the CIB, was published in the prestigious Cell Reports Magazine.

They were approximately 4 years of work, since the idea was conceptualized until it was finally published in the Cell Reports Magazine, led by Dr. Gonzalo Cancino, principal investigator of the Center for Integrative Biology at the Universidad Mayor. The research was carried out by members of Dr. Cancino's laboratory; the postdoctoral researcher Dr. Francisca Cornejo and the doctoral student Begoña Aranda, in collaboration with researchers from the United St...

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Erick Riquelme, medical technologist: Scientist works to create the first Chilean cancer research network


The idea is to generate contacts between experts who study in isolation, to be able to share information, contribute to their projects and, in the future, generate a national center.

Erick Riquelme (43) returned to Chile six months ago after spending nine years working on cancer research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, one of the world's most important centers in this area. Now, back in the country, he works as a researcher at the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the U. Mayor.

In the United States, together with a team of experts, he developed a research on pancreatic cancer that was published in one of the most prominent journals (Cell) and was...

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150 Years of Nature and Chilean scientists who have managed to publish in the famous magazine.


Founded by the Macmillan brothers in London, today the magazine is a benchmark of science worldwide, a place where several Chilean researchers have been part of their legacy.

In 2003, astronomers Mario Hamuy, National Prize for Exact Sciences of Chile (2015), and José Maza, National Prize for Exact Sciences (1999), discovered a novel method to measure the distance between stars. The research, named "An asymptotic giant branch star in the parent system of a type of supernova," and published in the journal Nature, served as inspiration and basis for astronomer Brian Schmidt to obtain the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 to discover that the universe was expanding rapidly.


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U. Mayor CIB researcher traveled to the laboratory of Dr. Koichi Kawakami, one of the drivers of transgenesis in zebrafish


Dr. Leonardo Valdivia did a transgenic line scan in the laboratory of this academic, in the National Institute of Genetics of Japan, with the aim of identifying the genetic basis of the formation of the visual system in vertebrates.

The researcher at the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the Universidad Mayor, Dr. Leonardo Valdivia, was awarded a fund to visit the laboratory of Dr. Koichi Kawakami at the National Institute of Genetics of Japan, located in Mishima.

The academic of our house of studies made a positive evaluation of his stay of 10 days in the Asian country, both professionally and personally.

“Dr. Koichi Kawakami was one of the first people w...

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European Cancer Research Association selects the work of our researcher Erick Riquelme as one of the 10 most important works


Pancreatic cancer is a highly deadly disease, with limited therapeutic options. However, a small group (9%) survives for more than 5 years. The reasons that determine this survival are unknown. In this work, the role of the intratumoral microbiome and its interaction with the immune system in determining this greater survival was determined. It was detected that tumors of patients who have a long survival have greater intratumoral microbial diversity and a greater density of intratumoral immune infiltrate (CD3, CD8 and Granzyme B + T cells). Suggesting that microbial diversity contributes to the anti-tumor immune response, favoring the recruitment and activation of T cells, increasing the...

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Medical technologists reward thesis work done by students of the U. Mayor


The College highlighted projects in the areas of Ophthalmology and Bioanalysis. The latter had the collaboration of researchers from the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB). The achievement is the result of interdiscipline and represents another step in the involvement of the centers in the undergraduate.

For the first time, the College of Medical Technologists of Chile gave recognition to the thesis work of students in five mentions. Thus, the Universidad Mayor obtained awards in two of them, corresponding to the areas of Ophthalmology and Bioanalysis.

Esteban Leyton and Diego Matus, who were guided by researchers from the C...

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CIB academics presented their research at congress on mitochondria and cancer in Prague


Dr. Julio César Cárdenas and Alenka Lovy were the only representatives of Chile in the event held in mid-September.

The role of mitochondria in cancer was the central theme of the congress held in mid-September in Prague, Czech Republic, where researchers from the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the Universidad Mayor, Julio César Cárdenas and Alenka Lovy participated.

The Doctors presented their work on the regulation of mitochondria through calcium and what is its impact on tumor growth.

My presentation was a particular group of tumors that shows a special sensitivity to this regulation. While in the vast...

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Director of the CIB U. Mayor participates in research that created a method that successfully slows the progress of Parkinson's


A new strategy to stop Parkinson's disease at an early stage is the result of three years of collaborative research between Dr. Felipe Court, director of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the Universidad Mayor and Claudio Hetz, director of the Millennium Institute of Biomedical Neuroscience (BNI) of the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de Chile.

The technique consists in blocking the destruction of the axon with a drug, a segment of the neuron similar to an extension or branching that allows communication between different brain cells.

Parkinson's disease that causes loss of motor control, occurs when dopaminergic neurons stop functioning or die. These cells ...

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U. Mayor is awarded $ 240 million and becomes the only private institution among the winners of the Fondequip.


The project, presented by academics from the Center for Integrative Biology, was one of 28 selected from 168 applicants, and will allow the acquisition of state -of- the art microscope, which will also be the first of its kind present in a university in South America.

Great news. A few days ago it was announced that the Universidad Mayor was the only private institution to win the Fondequip Medium Scientific and Technological Equipment Contest, which each year the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, Conicyt.

Our house of studies was awarded $ 240 million, the highest amount distributed by the entity, which will al...

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Universidad Mayor will sponsor the World Congress on Aging that will host Chile.


The event will take place between November 18 and 21 in Puerto Varas, and is part of a series of continental meetings on geoscience, a discipline that seeks to intervene to slow down the process of natural deterioration of the human organism.

During November, Chile will host the World Congress “International Perspectives on Gerocieties 2019”, organized by the Center for Gerocience, Mental Health and Metabolism (GERO) and sponsored by the Universidad Mayor.

The activity is part of a series of meetings sponsored by the network of Nathan Shock Center centers of excellence, which have been held in the United States, Australia, Spain, Israel, Singapore and China on this ...

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Researchers from Uruguay and Mexico carry out an internship at the Center for Integrative Biology to study cell aging.


Sofía Ibarburu, Andrés Cawen and Daniel Moreno were interested in the work done by the unit's director, Dr. Felipe Court.

Two Uruguayan researchers and a Mexican do an internship at the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the Universidad Mayor, with the aim of studying cell aging.

Sofía Ibarburu, who works at the Pasteur Institute in Montevideo on neurodegenerative diseases, arrived in Santiago interested in the work of the center's director, Dr. Felipe Court. “He went to present a job to Uruguay and a project on exosomes caught my attention and I contacted him,” he said.

The young woman said that her idea “is to study the senescence of a population of cells that...

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New finding adds evidence on the role of the microbiota in health: The state of the bacterial flora influences cancer survival


A study led by a Chilean scientist showed that greater diversity in the body's bacteria drives an increase in life in cases of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease. In most cases, it does not respond to available treatments and causes thousands of deaths each year.

But, on the other hand, science has advanced in discovering the relationship between bacterial flora - known as microbiota - and health. And precisely cancer is a condition that has been associated with the composition of these microbes.

Now, new research led by Chilean scientist Erick Riquelme, a researcher at the Center for Integrative Biology at the Mayor University, has shown th...

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2020 Accreditation and increase of indicators: Review the keys of the Third Meeting of Researchers U. Mayor


The event brought together 70 academics on the Huechuraba campus, where, for example, the number of indexed publications and the challenges that will bring the process to certify our quality in the Research area were highlighted.

A call to join and actively participate in the 2020 Accreditation Process was made by the Rector of the Universidad Mayor, Rubén Covarrubias Giordano, who led the inauguration of the Third Meeting of Researchers 2019.

The activity, held this Friday, August 9 at the Huechuraba campus, served both to highlight the results achieved in 2018 in the Research area, and to discuss the challenges that the process that will certify our quality for the fourth...

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Test gene therapy in Huntington's disease


Claudio Hetz and René Vidal used a method that replaces drugs in mice.

In Claudio Hetz's imagination, gene therapy is the simile of a vehicle that transports the essential merchandise to survive. "It is avant-garde, well emerging. Instead of using a pill with a chemical compound, a gene is used as a therapeutic agent," explains the director of the Millennium Institute of Biomedical Neuroscience of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile.

The doctor of Biomedical Sciences uses this technique in a specific place in the brain. In simple, it introduces a gene wrapped in a virus, which is responsible for infecting damaged neurons. "Think of a capsule dru...

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Scientist U. Mayor organized symposium on glial cells in Portugal


Dr. Felipe Court was the only representative who had the opportunity to present at the XIV European Meeting of Glial Cells in Health and Disease, among hundreds of applicants.

The director of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the Universidad Mayor, Dr. Felipe Court, organizes a symposium on glial cells and its effect on neuronal circuits, within the framework of the XIV European Meeting of Glial Cells in Health and Disease. in the city of Porto, Portugal, which gathered more than a thousand people.

This congress is the largest in the world associated with the study of the nervous system of a perspective not focused on the neuron but on the glial cells, whi...

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U. Mayor Scientists integrate team that delivered a national proposal to prevent dementias


Doctors Felipe Court and Julio Cesar Cardenas, members of the Center for Integrativa Biology (CIB),participate in the development of a document published in ther former Congress, that deliver an interdisciplinary proposal to approach this problem and that has been prepared by 70 researchers from Chile and Foreign.

Currently, 200 million people have some kind of dementia in the country. However, this pathology is not only affect the patient, but also their families and caregivers. Thus, and due to the fact that the Chilean population is aging, various forecasts indicate this problem is becoming more complex over the years.

Faced with this challenge, a group of more than 70 n...

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Artist and Scientist transform photographs of neural networks into works of art


“Cultivo", the exhibition by Juana Gomez, is based on the work of Dr. Felipe Court, principal of the Center for Integrative Biology of the U. Mayor.

The concepts of Art and Science came together to give life to the work of the renowned national artist, Juana Gomez, whose work has been cataloged as a true anatomical study, since it links disciplines such as mathematics and biology with photography, drawing and the embroidery.

Thus, her creation, called "Cultivo", arises from his dialogues with Dr. Felipe Court, principal of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the U. Mayor, who has focused his work on investigating how the nervous system works and why neurons die.


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Center for Integrative Biology presented advances in its research on Alzheimer's and ELA


The activity, carried out in the Huechuraba campus, sought to disseminate results and obtain complementary information that provides new perspectives for the studies that are under development.

The research seminars are a platform and, at the same time, an opportunity for the scientific community of the U. Mayor to communicate the progress and results of their research. In this context, on May 23 and 24, the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) brought together, on the Huechuraba campus, students, academics and the general public to approach two issues in the field of health.

Dr. Ute Woehlbier, associate professor at the Center for Integrative Biology and organizer of the ac...

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U. Mayor and Huawei agree joint collaboration on technology and research


In a significant event for our institution, the Rector Rubén Covarrubias Giordano and the Executive Director of Huawei Chile, Dou Yong, signed an agreement that becomes an exchange of ideas, technical services and artificial intelligence, transcendent topics for the university.

Cloud services, quantum computing and artificial intelligence are some of the areas in which the Universidad Mayor and Huawei Chile can work together as of this year, thanks to the memorandum of understanding that both organizations signed this Wednesday May 22 in dependencies of the rectory.

The meeting was headed by Rector Rubén Covarrubias Giordano and Huawei Chile Executive Director, Dou Yong, who...

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Researcher published article in prestigious journal Nature Communications together with academics from Belgium


Dr. Diego Rojas Rivera, from the Center for Integrative Biology U. Mayor, recently published an article describing the complexity of the mechanisms of regulation of cell death, it could impact on different anti-inflammatory therapies.

A pioneering research team in Chile, formed at the eaves of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the Universidad Mayor, is beginning to see its first results.

In this case, we refer to Dr. Diego Rojas Rivera, who recently participated with the Inflammation Research Center of the University of Ghent (Belgium), in the development of an article that was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications and describes mechanisms of regu...

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Michael J. Fox Foundation supports Chilean laboratory to develop therapy against Parkinson's.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Research of the Parkinson’s gave a competitive fund of more than one hundred million pesos to the Center for Integrative Biology of the Universidad Mayor, directed by Felipe Court, to research for a possible therapy against the neurodegenerative disease that It has no cure.

"They are a study where new mechanisms that contribute to Parkinson's disease are discovered," says Court, biologist and doctor of Neuroscience.
“We found in the laboratory, that blocking a mecanism of the neurons, when they die, they produce the disease, we could block the development or progression of the symptoms associated with the dis...

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Universidad Mayor Researcher detailed the main behaviors that would boost the onset of brain diseases

At the second conference of "The Route of Thought", PhD. René Vidal, researcher at the CIB (Center for Integrative Biology), called for a healthy diet and constant physical and intellectual activity. In addition, he explained that the use of probiotics could help prevent pathologies such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.

"The route of thought", which is the cycle of speeches with which the Direction Public Engagement is looking to bring scientific topics to the community, had its second conference this year. This time, the protagonist was PhD. René Vidal, researcher at the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) Universidad Mayor, who e...

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Director of the CIB awarded project of the Michael J. Fox Foundation to study new therapeutic targets against Parkinson's

PhD. Felipe Court explained that his proposal is to block pharmacologically the process of neuronal degeneration to stop the progression of the disease.

PhD. Felipe Court, director of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB) of the Universidad Mayor, was awarded an important project of The International Michael J. Fox Foundation to study new therapeutic targets for Parkinson's disease. These projects are open to researchers around the world and are highly competitive.

The scientist explained that in his laboratory has been investigating the cellular mechanisms involved in neuronal deterioration in Parkinson's disease, which affects the nervous system and results in loss of ...

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What Do We know about diseases that affect the brain? Scientific research as a motor of change in society

PhD. Rene Vidal, Researcher of the Center of Integrative Biology of the Universidad Mayor. PhD in science-biology and cellular.

The brain functions as a complex network, organized temporally and spatially. This organ, as it ages, is losing its ability to adapt to the paths it experiences daily. In Addition, it decreases its size and thus the neural communications (synapses), which are key to the normal functioning of this. On the second date of the cycle of the Route of thought, the academician of the Center of Integrative Biology U. Major, PhD. Rene Vidal, detailed the scientific efforts to create new tools that reverse or delay this process, in order to avoid the emergence of d...

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PHD in neurobiology began its version 2019 with talks by Outstanding Scientists

In the encounter participated and exposed the National Science Award 2006, PhD. Cecilia Hidalgo, who reflected on the incorporation of women into the world of science. The welcome to the seminar was given by PhD. Nicole Trefault, who recently assumed the Direction of Doctoral Programs, seconded by the Director of the Integrative Biology Program, PhD. Melissa Calegaro, who greeted the new students that incorporate to the Doctoral Program: Begoña Aranda, Camila Weiss, Felipe Grunenwald and Güilherme Gischkow Rucatti, the latter coming from Brazil.

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Center of Integrative Biology began seminar cycle with talks about cancer cell treatment

On this session of seminar, PhD. Matías Escobar, who is a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania explained the ability of certain cell signaling pathways to mediate the reactivation and proliferation of cancer cells.

In women, breast cancer is the first cause of death worldwide, according to information from the International Journal of Cancer and institutions dedicated to studying this disease. And for PhD. Matias Escobar-Aguirre, post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, this "mortality" is mainly linked to the metastatic recurrence that follows the initial treatment of cancer.


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Geroscience Center for Brain Health and Metabolism seeks motivated post-doctoral researchers


Information about GERO available at

Topics include:

– Cytoskeleton dysfunction in aging and neurodegenerative diseases
– Proteostasis in aging and neurodegenerative diseases
– Axonal degeneration and regeneration in neurodegenerative diseases
– Age-dependent microbiome changes
– Mitochondrial dysfunction in aging and neurodegenerative diseases
– Novel models for aging research (Killifish, Droshopila, mice)
– Stem cell generation (iPSC) from human neurodegenerative conditions
– Neuropsychology of aging and neurodegeneratives diseases
– Aging: Psychosocial studi...

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Biome Therapeutics is looking for Lead Scientist


Call for a researcher to work in Biome Therapeutics Company, Santiago, Chile.

Biome Therapeutics, a startup dedicated to develop innovative technology from the gut microbiome, calls interested parties to apply for a position as Lead Scientist for projects associated with the study of the human microbiome and its possible therapeutic effects.

Functions: The activities associated with this charge will be the development of high quality research in the area of analysis of gut microbiome, isolation of bacterial strains and studies of the effect of the microbiome in different cellular models "in vitro".

Requirements: professional degree or Bachelor's degree in...

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Center of Integrative Biology at Universidad Mayor seeks a Veterinary Technician


The Center of Integrative Biology at Universidad Mayor (CIB-UM) is offering a position as Veterinary Technician associated to the FONDAP program of the Geroscience Center.

The selected professional must demonstrate experience and potential to develop the activities associated with the position, being able to fulfill the following functions:

Do the change of boxes, water fountains, grilles, in conjunction with washing crates, troughs and grids.
Prepare spare boxes in advance to the days of changing boxes, preparing enrichment material for autoclaving and then providing it to the mice.
Keep clean and in-order the dependencies of the animal facilities.

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With cutting-edge technology: Chilean study seeks to create the rejuvenating brain injection to fight Parkinson's


A scientific team at the U. Mayor, led by Dr. René Vidal, works on a gene treatment to delay and reverse the symptoms of the disease.

By Gabriel Arce
Monday 28, January 2019

According to recent data from the Ministry of Health, more than 40 thousand Chileans live with Parkinson's. Therefore, the alert is a fact, since the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the number of pe...

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U. Mayor granted with 8 Fondecyt Projects for a total sum of CLP$1600m


The scientific initiatives are aimed at the study of neurodegenerative diseases, aging, the development of ecosystems and genomics, among other areas.

A new and important achievement in research is the one that the Universidad Mayor has just obtained, after the awarding of 8 regular Fondecyt projects, which were presented by its Genomics, Ecology and Environment Centers (GEMA); Modeling and Monitoring of Ecosystems; Integrative Biology; Society and Health; and Optics and Quantum Information.

These initiatives represent 40% of the total of the works presented by this house of studies (20), higher than the national average, which reached an average of 20%.

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The effect of autophagy on brain health


All Content under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License of HEUREKA.

By Melissa Calegaro, PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctorate Program in Neurobiology Universidad Mayor.

I am an initial training pharmacist. However, since I started this career, the question I wanted to help answer was why our brain gets sick. In the second semester I asked to work as a volunteer in a laboratory during my free time. I wanted to learn about this organ and how to treat it in case of illness. From there I never left science, nor the ques...

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Can Aging be controlled? Check how our Center for Integrative Biology Works


Check the interview with Dr. Felipe Court, who talks about Geroscience, an area which look for solve the mysteries of aging, pointing at common diseases.

Click for the first part of the interview

In a new edition of ""Exploradores: Del Átomo al Cosmos", from 24 Horas Channel, the main topic is how science is working with the growing of life expectancy.

Click fot the second part of the interview

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Center for Integrative Biology is awarded 2 projects "Fondecyt de Iniciación 2018", from the 13 awarded to Universidad Mayor.


The two projects are the following:

The aim of this project is to study the cellular and regulatory impact over fish visual system formation upon Vsx transcription factors removal. 

The general aim of this project is to determine the role of two autophagy-regulatory proteins, Rubicon and Pacer, on cell death induced by TNF and to define their potential of therapeutic targets en Mesenchymal Stem Cells.


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Scientists from the Center for Integrative Biology at Universidad Mayor obtains two Conicyt projects for the formation of International Networks 2018.


The grant entitled “Modelling human brain disorders using iPSCs and brain organoids” aims to create a network among the researchers Dr. Gonzalo Cancino, Dr. Melissa Calegaro and Dr. Leonardo Valdivia at the Center for Integrative Biology at Universidad Mayor in Chile and the UK based researchers Dr. Madeline Lancaster at University of Cambridge and Dr. Greg Findlay at University of Dundee. This network is focused in understanding how the human brain develops and how genes associated to neurodevelopmental disorders regulate human brain cortical development using human iPSCs, brain organoids and phospho-proteomic analysis.

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Dr. Mario Sanhueza from the Center for Integrative Biology at Universidad Mayor obtains a project for insertion in the Academia.


Conicyt´s grant Installation in the academy seeks to contribute to the institutional strengthening of national higher education entities, by hiring researchers who start their independent career, in order to close the gap between the last stages of doctoral training and their insertion in the academy

The installation proposal of Dr. Mario Sanhueza meets the guidelines of the development plan of the Center for Integrative Biology of the University, based on high quality science, a high level of scientific collaboration, and experience in teaching and outreach.

In his research project Dr. Sanhueza will try to understand mechanisms with the potential to delay the onse...

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CIB Investigator conducting a research internship at Institut Curie, Paris, France


Through an ECOS-Conicyt project association between Dr. Felipe Court Lab (CIB) and Christophe Lamaze Lab (Institute Curie), the investigator Cristian Saquel is conducting a research internship in Paris. He is studying the association between mechanic deformation of cells in NS and the liberation of molecular messages through extra cellular vesicles, a mechanism which could be related to tumours growth in NS.



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Felipe court, Ph.D. took part in the international congress organized by Spinal Research Foundation in UK.


Felipe Court, Ph.D. took part in the International Congress organized by the Spinal Research Foundation in UK, one of the biggest foundations in that country that support researching related to SN regeneration, specially in spinal cord damage conditions. This international congress is made every year and the speakers are invited to show their findings. Dr. Court spoke about his investigation associated to SN regeneration and new information related to genetic networks which could participate in regeneration after spinal cord damage. This new findings could eventually be therapeutic targets to improve regeneration and functional regeneration after the damage to SN.


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Vice Chancellor explained the unknown role of bacteria in Alzheimer or food alergies.


Patricio Manque, Ph.D in Microbiology & Inmunology from U. Federal do Sao Paulo (Brasil), offered a lecture in which highlighted the study in microbes as a "revolutionary tool" for medecine.

¿What does have in common Alzheimer and Periodontitis? ¿Cesarean and food alergies in kids? ¿Depresion and diet?. For Dr. Manque, Researching Vice Chancellor from U. Mayor, there's a created relationship. He stated so in the lecture "The super organism: How our microbes impact our health", offered this tuesday at GAM.

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Through lectures about the challenges of future, U.Mayor took part in "Protagonistas 2030"


Also there was proposed a group of ideas to help to be prepared to a society more aged, like the investigation of this topic in an interdisciplinary way, joining public policies and personalized medicine; boost the early literacy for a healthy retirement, break the standard of the life course for a better functioning of elder stage; encourage the social and biological protection to break the chains that cause stress.

In this activity, organized by El Mercurio journal, Patricio Manque, Ph.D and Esteban Calvo, PhD. talked about the revolution of human genome and the aging phenomenon in our country.

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Second Contest: Centers for Research on Aging Stay


Presentation: This contest is focused on Postdoctoral Investigators (Ph.D Students will be exeptional considered), associated to GERO whom want to carry an intership to develop collaboration projects between GERO and Research Institutions on Aging, like Buck and ERIBA. The center will provide the necesary funding up to 4 postdoctoral stays.

Benefits: Each stay will be granted with:

a) An Economy Class Ticket Santiago-Destination-Santiago up to $1.500.000CLP
b) An economic help up to $1.500.000 for PostDoc or $1.000.000 for Ph.D students
c) Travel Insurance during the staying.


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Research Centers from U.Mayor open their doors to undergraduates to show how they work


Difussion Day is organized by Biotechnology School, its objective is to bring the science closer to students and to show the laboratories and current projects. 

The activity was set in two parts, a presentation by each Investigator at the main auditorium in Campus Huechuraba, and then a guided visit to the laboratories.


Felipe Court, Ph.D, Director from CIB stated: "our presentation contributed to invite Biotechology students in a way they could know what are the research lines from our 11 Investigators, who study different as...

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Investigator warns :"Stem cells are not magic"


Molecular Biology Ph.D is worried about the lack of integrity of some treatments.

Gonzalo Cancino, Investigator from the Center for Integrative Biology of Universidad Mayor, states that stem cells "are not a panacea" and says that some health centers don't comply with what they offer.  "In a certain moment, it looked like stem cells could cure a lot of diseases, but that didn't happen. Parents who used to keep their children's umbilical cord, nowadays don't trust in health centers who offer to conserve the cells in exchange for money because of several cases in which they were misused. They even weren't stocked in NO2 at -180°C, the correct tempera...

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Interview to Felipe Court in Duna Radio


Felipe Court, Director of the Center for Integrative Biology, talks about the investigation to face neurodegenerative diseases. Several experiments in flies could allow the extension of their lives through a procedure which could be replicated in human beings. 

You can check the full interview in the following link  click here

Source: Duna Radio, Aire fresco, June 4th 2018


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Chileans are searching for the origin of autism in a brain protein


Scientifics analize the role of PTPRD gen at embrionary level to know how affects to bran functioning.

We still don't know so much on Autist Spectrum disorder ASD, a group of complex disorders of brain development, which cause is linked to genetic and enviromental factors. To understand its origin, a group of Chilean investigators from the Center for Integrative Biology CIB, from the Universidad Mayor, lead by Gonzalo Ignacio Cancino, Cell and Molecula Biology PhD, are carrying out studies on PTPRD protein, present in the brain of autism patients.

Source: Diario La hora, María Eugenia Durán 03/27/201...

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