Discoveries made in research into rare diseases can be extrapolated to more common diseases

Jordi Durán, researcher with the Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab at IRB Barcelona
Jordi Durán, researcher with the Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab at IRB Barcelona

Betevé TV’s “Notícies Vespre” (Evening News) has broadcasted an interview with Jordi Durán, researcher with the Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab at IRB Barcelona, about research into rare diseases. 

This lab carries out research into Lafora disease, a genetic neurodegenerative disorder. “The aim of this work is to explain why neurons degenerate and die. What happens is that glucose, a cellular product accumulates, and this causes the neurons to progressively die, causing neurodegeneration,” says Durán. 

Of note, all these discoveries being made about rare diseases can be extrapolated to more common diseases.

Link to: Betevé TV (minutes 43:30- 46:24)