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Join us at BIYSC! Drosophila melanogaster: a model to study human disease

Do you want to learn how to use flies to study neurodegenerative diseases?

In this project, included in the two-week excellence program Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) of Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, scientists of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) challenge young students from all over the world to work hands-on in the laboratory with the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to study the main mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases!

The participants will experience the long process from basic research to clinical application of the knowledge gained. They will learn about the many tools researchers can use to study the putative genes involved in neurodegenerative diseases, they will hypothesize on the genes and processes implicated and, finally, they will propose a working model and search for a way to decrease or abolish the disease phenotypes. In particular, the students will take advantage of established Drosophila melanogaster transgenic flies that express disease-related genes and they will acquire skills in genetic tools and laboratory techniques such as immunostaining and confocal microscopy. The conclusions obtained from these kind of basic research studies provide the grounds for a later application to humans, to the ultimate benefit of society.

Are you willing to contribute in the cutting-edge research of human disease? Do you want to enjoy the company of peers that share your same passion?

Visita el webDo you love science? Apply now!

Check all the information at www.biysc.org.


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