Kennedy’s disease, an example of new scientific research approaches to understand rare diseases.
An event hosted by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
The scientific literature documents the existence of between 6,000 and 7,000 rare diseases, rare, according to the European Union, because they affect only 5 in 10,000 people. In Europe alone, between 27 and 36 million people have some form of rare disease. Because these diseases are complex, many have no treatment, leaving those who suffer from them, and their familias and care givers, with a heavy burden.
Innovative and cutting-edge basic research offers enormous potential to take the knowledge obtained in cell and molecular biology laboratories and use that to propose treatments and future therapies for rare diseases.
This is the case for Kennedy’s disease, an inherited neurodegenerative condition that affects only men above the age of 25.
Xavier Salvatella, IRB Barcelona Group Leader, and ICREA Research Professor
6 March 2015, 19.00h