Since the affiliation of our research team at Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Deu, a fruitful program of collaborative research in pediatric endocrinology has developed with the team leaded by Dr. Lourdes Ibàñez. Recent results on the importance of sex differences in brown fat activity in the first year of life and the role of the batokine CXCL14 have been presented at the III IRSJD Scientific Meeting  held at Facultat de Biologia, University of Barcelona, the last  October, 28 These results have been recently published at J Clin Endocr Metab.



 




Obesity is expanding in dogs leading to disease conditions in these domestic pets and affecting their quality of life and that from their owners. Moreover, management of obesity in pets has relevant economic implications. F.Villarroya participated as invited speaker in the on-line symposium with a presentation on the mechanisms involved in the pathogenic consequences of hypertrophied fat, plasticity of adipose tissue and evidence of these phenomena in dogs.

 




The event of presentation of Sanna Laurila thesis, from the PET laboratory at the University of Turku, took place last 13 August, with Francesc Villarroya acting as opponent, a honorary role for doctorate qualification in the Finish University. The work by S.Laurila was related to the role of secretin in the control of human brown adipose tissue activity and was developed in the laboratory of K.Virtanen and P.Nuutila, international leader in research on human brown fat.






A project on hepatocarcinogenesis and metabolic lipotoxity, led by Francesc
Villarroya, has been one of the initiatives selected by the AECC, in the category of Ideas Semilla 2019. F. Villarroya was in charge of representing the project in the commemorative act that the AECC held on September 24, in the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, on the occasion of World Research Day in Cancer (World Cancer Research Day).
In this edition, the AECC Scientific Foundation Research programs awarded 171 projects worth about 21 million euros, which integrate from great innovative and disruptive ideas to projects financed in a coordinated manner with large European foundations. Our focus is to investigate whether brown fat activation could be protective against liver cancer, as preliminary studies in our laboratory suggest.