• Date: February 08, 2018

Pere Roca-Cusachs, a researcher at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), has won the 2017 City of Barcelona Award for Life Sciences. The jury panel unanimously decided to award Roca-Cusachs for a paper published in the journal Cell. The study describes a molecular mechanism that explains how the rigidity of tumour tissues could encourage the survival and spread of cancer cells.

Leader of the Cellular and Molecular Mechanobiology group, Roca-Cusachs took part in CaixaImpulse 2016 as project manager for the Solid Tumor Therapy project. The project aims to develop new cancer treatments based on the relationship between tumour rigidity and cancer progression, as mentioned above.

The City of Barcelona Awards will be presented at the Saló de Cent room in Barcelona City Hall on 15 February, in an award ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the Commissioner of Culture, Joan Subirats.

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