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  • 06.03.2018

    Thursday 8 March is International Women's Day, a day to call for real gender equality between men and women. A number of protests have been announced, on the university campus itself and in the city of Vic. The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) supports these demands and reaffirms its commitment to ending all forms of gender discrimination and, in particular, all forms of violence against women. In order to facilitate participation of the university community in the protests of Thursday 8 March, there should be no evaluations or obligatory activities on that day.  

  • 27.02.2018

    The weather around Vic has become milder, facilitating travel once again. The UVic-UCC Rector's Board has therefore cancelled the Protection Plan snow alert and University activity has returned to normal.   Please follow further information on the usual UVic channels (web, social networks, etc.).

  • 20.02.2018

    A new research study reveals RAC1 protein could be a new therapeutic target to study the molecular mechanisms related to the neurodegenerative processes in Parkinson?s disease. The study, published in the online edition of the journal Molecular Neurobiology, is led by Antonella Consiglio, researcher at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona, the Institute of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB) and the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), and Esther Dalfo, from the Univesitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Vic ? Universitat Central de Catalunya. The study describes new protection mechanisms to fight neurodegeneration which is common in neurodegenerative diseases ?such as Parkinson?s and Alzheimer?s-, which usually display a protein accumulation. The study shows that RAC1 protein ?which takes part in the assembly of the active protein, one of the elements in the skeletal substance- could be an important regulatory factor in in Parkinson?s disease?s neurodegeneration process. From Caenorhabditis elegans model to patients suffering from Parkinson In the first stages of the study, the experts proved there was a decrease in the activity of RAC1 protein in the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode ?an animal model in biology and genomics- speeded up dopaminergic neuronal death and degeneration -the first ones affected by Parkinson?s disease. This process caused an accumulation of ?-Synuclein, the main protein that piles up in several neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson?s, Lewy body disease, etc.). Moreover, the use of transcriptomics techniques ?the study of RNA- in cells of patients with Parkinson?s showed that those genes that code proteins of the family of RAC1 were at lower levels compared to cells from those healthy individuals. With these data, the scientific team studied a population of dopaminergic neurons from patients with Parkinson?s disease, which present a higher accumulation of ?-Synuclein, a block in autophagy ?the recycling machinery for cell compounds- and neuronal death.   Objective: boosting RAC1 protein?s function These dopaminergic neurons, obtained from pluripotent cells from patients? skin, ?proved an increase of RAC1?s activity which produces an improvement in the markers of the previously described pathology?, says one of the first authors of the study, researcher Carles Catalayud, member of the IBUB, IDIBELL and the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB). These results point out that boosting the function of RAC1 protein could balance the effects related to Parkinson?s disease, with a benefiting result for those patients. Other experts take part in the study: Miguel Vila and Iria Carballo-Carbajal (University Hospital Vall d?Hebron, VHIR), Ángel Raya (CMRB-IDIBELL), José Miguel Lizcano (UAB), Antonio Miranda-Vizuete (University of Seville), Guy A. Caldwell, Kim A. Caldwell, Hannah Kim and Laura Berkozitz (University of Alabama, United States), among others. The study has been funded by the Fondo de Investigación en Salud (Health Research Fund, FIS), the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), Generalitat de Catalunya and the European Research Council (ERC).

  • 20.02.2018

    Martín Floor, a researcher in the Research Group in Bioinformatics and Medical Statistics of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the UVic-UCC, today received the Horitzó Asia Grant of 2,550 Euros, which will enable him to undertake a research stay at the Arieh Warsherl Institute of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen. The grant, awarded by Vic City Council as part of the Horitzó Asia project, which it organises jointly with the UVic-UCC and the Nits de Cinema Oriental Film Festival, was presented by Susagna Roura, the Councillor for Culture of Vic City Council, accompanied by Àngels Crusellas, the General Secretary of the UVic-UCC, and Joan Masnou, the vice-rector for International Relations and Continuing Education. Susagna Roura said that "as an city of education, Vic aims to contribute to the development of the region and to build a bridge between the East and the West?. She also added that "without the work done by the Nits de Cinema Oriental Film Festival, we would undoubtably not be awarding this grant today." Meanwhile, Joan Masnou expressed gratitude to Vic City Council for two reasons: "for awarding this grant, and for bringing together all the institutions that worked separately with Asia in the Horitzó Asia Project, which has helped create many synergies." Àngels Crusellas highlighted the importance of this grant, which involves "making sending students to Asian universities every year to complete studies a normal situation", since the grant aims to promote the establishment of future relationships with other universities and research centres in Asia, and to promote the joint supervision of doctoral theses, to encourage the economic, social, educational and cultural development of the city and the territory. Students on master's degree and doctorate programmes at the UVic-UCC are eligible to apply for the grant. Seeking new enzymes of industrial and environmental interest Martín Floor's doctoral thesis project is based on the computational design of new enzymes of industrial and environmental interest. Enzymes are proteins that cells use to accelerate chemical processes which would otherwise be too slow to be used by a living being. Evolution has refined these molecular machines to almost perfect levels, through the simple concept of trial and error. "Unfortunately, we still do not know all the details, although we have recently been able to improve our knowledge about the relationship between the structure of enzymes and their function, which has allowed us to start generating artificial versions of the enzymes that catalyse specific chemical reactions," explains Floor. The Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics Laboratory, which is part of the Research Group in Bioinformatics and Medical Statistics (BEM) of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the UVic-UCC, works towards an understanding of how to build new enzymes by designing variants that do not exist in nature, and which have practical applications in various knowledge areas. The characteristics of these enzymes enable these scenarios to be monitored and optimised with high levels of efficiency, open up a new universe of opportunities for innovation. The BEM research group's network of international collaborators contains several experts in the field of computational chemistry and enzymology, including Dr Jenn-Kang Hwang, of the Arieh Warshel institute at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen, which has extensive experience in developing computational methodologies to understand the evolution of proteins. This Horitzó Asia grant will establish close cooperation with Dr Hwang, aimed at optimising the engineering of these molecular machines. For Martín Floor, "receiving this grant is an unexpected honour, and a great opportunity on both a personal and a professional level to be able to work with an important project and with one of the leading computational biology centres worldwide."     

  • 16.01.2018

    During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences will be commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the School of Teachers that constituted the beginning of this Faculty, as well as of the University. The main event in the commemoration will take place on the 18 May in the Atlàntida theatre in Vic, with an interactive show that will highlight the history of the School and the values of education. Officially named the Jaume Balmes University School of Teachers, the centre was opened on 4 October 1977 with the aim of "contributing to lifelong education, education integrated in the world and integrating that world, and education as the heritage of everyone," in the words of the first director of the School, Salvador Reguant, during the opening ceremony in the first academic year in the Column Room in Vic City Hall. The school began with 150 students, who were divided into three groups - two in the morning and one in the afternoon, and 17 lecturers. In 1997, when the University of Vic received recognition from the Parliament of Catalonia, the centre became the Faculty of Education, and later it became the Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences, as it is known today. Its directors have included Salvador Reguant, Ricard Torrents, Josep Tió, Antoni Tort, Assumpta Fargas, Francesc Codina, Pere Pujolàs, Joan Soler and the current dean, Eduard Ramírez. Around 5,000 graduates and about 250 lecturers have passed through its classrooms. The Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences is now the faculty that accounts for the most students in the University as a whole. There are a total of 1,570 students registered on 7 bachelor's degree programmes, which is 36% of the total number of students at the UVic. The Faculty offers degree courses in Pre-School Teaching, Primary School Teaching, a double bachelor's degree in Pre-School Teaching and Primary School Teaching with a mention in English; Physical Activity and Sports Sciences; Social Education and Psychology. It also offers Translation, Interpreting and Applied Languages, with the Open University of Catalonia, in addition to 7 official master's degrees. A year full of celebrations Various events have taken place throughout the academic year to commemorate the past 40 years. The first took place on 4 October, with the lecture by Ricard Torrents on "The university option (in Vic): between reality and utopia." A Wikimarathon was organised on 10 October in order to update the content of the Faculty on the Internet, while in late November the retirement lessons of ex-dean and former rector Assumpta Fargas, and Ramon Sitjà took place. Other activities have included the exhibitions "L?art de jugar" [The art of play], which exhibited the work done by the students on the subject "Art and play" and "Guerra, èxode i exili a la literatura infantil" [War, exodus and exile in children's literature], curated by the lecturers M. Carme Bernal and Carme Rubio. This year, the presentation of the book on the Fourth Catalan Teaching Symposium is scheduled for 14 February and the central event in the commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the School of Teachers will take place on 18 May at the Atlàntida Theatre, concluding the celebrations. An interactive geolocation map has just been launched to obtain an image of where teaching professionals who trained in Vic are working, in order to see the impact that the School has had on the country. The arrival of the Teaching course in the city of Vic in 1977, affiliated to the University of Barcelona, represented the restoration of the city's university tradition, which dates back to the tenth century with the Cathedral School and subsequently, to the General Study or Literary University, which was open until 1717. The Nursing School was incorporated into the university in 1981, followed five years later by the Osona University School of Business Studies, forming the University Studies of Vic, which would incorporate the Polytechnic University School of Osona in 1989.  

  • 16.01.2018

    This January, the Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences will begin a new practicum project in the Gambia. On 20 January, seven students from the Faculty (4 from the Psychology degree course, 2 from Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and 1 from Social Education) will travel to the sub-Saharan country to spend between one month and two months there. The students will visit the University of Gambia, the Ministry of Education and various projects in the country's capital, Banjul, and then travel to Jali, a small village in the interior, in the Kiang West region, where they will undertake teaching practice at several schools. The objectives of the practicum are to find out about and participate in the Gambian educational system, to engage in community projects in the village of Jali, and to live within and adapt to a new culture. The practicum falls within the framework of the agreement between the UVic-UCC and the Abaraka Bake Sant Julià de Vilatorta-Jali association.