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Passionate parents catalyze research

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4 May 17

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The May issue of the  American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) journal includes a feature article about the international project on Lafora disease, which involves Joan Guinovart’s group at IRB Barcelona (see here). The US organisation Chelsea’s Hope, a charity formed by families affected by this disease, promoted this international collaboration.

Written by Kim Rice and Matthew S. Gentry, both related to the disease in several ways, the article reveals that serendipity and basic biochemistry have accelerated progress towards a cure for this rare and fatal condition.

Read the article: Passionate parents catalyze research

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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).