The programme “Els Matins” on TV3 has interviewed Francesc Posas, director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), about the campaign #MetastasisChallenge. Launched yesterday, this fundraising initiative seeks to call society to action in the fight against metastasis. In the interview, Posas said, “investing in research, and finding therapies and treatments has an incredible impact, and this is what has been done and demonstrated until now. We have observed that metastasis is the main cause of death in individuals with cancer. Metastasis describes the process through which cells escape from the primary tumour. They spread and travel around our bodies and then invade other organs, which over the years lose their function, thus leading to death”.
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About IRB Barcelona
Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).