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IRB Barcelona participates in four cancer research projects supported by the "Fundació La Marató de TV3"


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Salvador Aznar-Benitah, Angel R. Nebreda, Modesto Orozco, and Manuel Palacín are beneficiaries of funds raised in the 2012 “Marató” destined to fight cancer.

The IRB Barcelona projects—one individual and three coordinated—are to receive approx. 1.2 M€.

Having raised more than 11 M€, “La Fundació” will financially support 47 projects carried out by 79 researchers over the next three years.

Today “La Fundació La Marató de TV3” has announced the cancer research projects awarded support from the funds raised in the 2013 “La Marató”. Of the 11 million euros collected, the highest amount raised in the 21 campaigns to date, the projects involving scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) have been allotted 1.2 million euros.

The four IRB Barcelona projects, one individual and three coordinated, two of the latter headed by researchers at the institute, are as follows:

Dr. Salvador Aznar Benitah. Stem Cells and Cancer Lab
Project: Identificació i caracterització de cèl·lules iniciadores de metàstasi en el carcinoma humà de cèl·lules escamoses: una aproximació bàsica i clínica
199,930 €

Dr. Manuel Palacín Prieto (coordinator). Heterogenic and Multigenic Disease Lab
Dr. Juan Fernández Recio (BSC)
Project: Identificació, basada en estructura, de nous inhibidors del transportador de glutamat xCT pel tractament de gliomes
299,062 €

Dr. Ángel Rodríguez Nebreda (coordinator). Signalling and Cell Cycle Lab
Dr. Ana Cuenda Méndez (Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia - CSIC)
Project: Estudi de la relació entre inflamació i càncer de colon a través de la via de senyalització de p38 MAP quinasa
300,000 €

Dr. Modesto Orozco López. Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics Lab
Dr. Ricardo Pérez Tomás (coordinator; UB Faculty of Medicine)
Dr. Roberto Quesada Pato – UBU Faculty of Science
Project: Transportadors d'anions com eficients molècules desreguladores del pH: un estudi preclínic i translacional.
398,772 €

Including these four scientists, there are now six researchers at IRB Barcelona conducting projects funded by “Marató”, with Eduard Batlle devoted to regeneration and organ and tissue transplats (2012-2015)  and Xavier Salvatella addressing rare diseases (2010-2013). IRB Barcelona researchers have participated in a total of 17 projects since the “La Marató” fund-raising campaigns began.

More information about projects supported this year by La Fundació La Marató de TV3”

About IRB Barcelona

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).