How to get drugs into the brain?

Meritxell Teixidó, IRB Barcelona

Meritxell Teixidó, IRB Barcelona


In its “Preguntas Big Van” section, the newspaper La Vanguardia has interviewed IRB Barcelona researcher Meritxell Teixidó about her project, which seeks to develop “shuttles” that transport drugs into the brain. In this regard, 98% of drugs that start to be developed to treat diseases of the central nervous system are abandoned because they cannot cross the barrier that protects the brain. Inspired on bee and scorpion venom, Teixidó has identified several families of peptides capable of crossing this barrier. The research has been possible thanks to the funding of a CaixaImpulse project from the ”la Caixa” Foundation and a project awarded through the La Fundació La Marató de TV3.

 

 

Link to La Vanguardia