La Marató de TV3 finance five projects involving IDIBELL researchers

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Five IDIBELL researchers are involved in projects funded by La Marató de TV3, dedicated to spinal cord and acquired brain injuries. They are María Berdasco, research group of Cancer Epigenetics; Artur Llobet, research group of celular and Molecular Neurobiology; Cristina Muñoz Pinedo, head of the research group of Cell Death regulation; Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells, head of the research group of Cognition and Brain Plasticity; and Jordi Montero, research group of Neurologic Diseases and Neurogenetics.

The aid was announced during a ceremony held at the auditorium the Universitat Autònoma de Bareclona on November 9, presented by the journalist Albert Om. The event was presided by the Catalan Minister of Health, Boi Ruiz; the rector of UAB, Ana Ripoll and the president of the Catalan Corporation of Audiovisual Media and director of La Marató de TV3, Enric Marín. Adolf Tobeña, professor of Medical Psychology and Psychiatry and director of the department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine at the UAB, completed the academic event with a keynote speech.

The projects
In total, more than eight million and 700 thousand Euros raised during La Marató 2010 funds 30 projects participated by 55 researchers. Among the research centres that receive funding, highlights IDIBELL with 5 winning projects as well as the Hospital Clínic i Provincial de Barcelona, which together to the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) and the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IIBB), has obtained seven. The Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Barcelona have won four awards each.

13 of the 30 funded projects are unitary and 17 are coordinated between two or more research centers, which implies the networking of research institutions in Catalonia with other Spanish and international level. Four Spanish research institutions and four international, coordinated by Catalan centers will work in developing this work. They are the Biomedical Research Center of Granada, Faculty of Medicine, University of Seville, Hospital Carlos Haya(Málaga), the National Paraplegics Hospital (Toledo), the Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, University of Montpellier (France), the Aberdeen Institute of Medical Sciences (United Kingdom), the Pasteur Institute of Montevideo (Uruguay) and the Neuroscience Research Centre (Ireland).

13 of the 30 funded projects are unitary and 17 are coordinated between two or more research centers, which implies the networking of research institutions in Catalonia with other Spanish and international level. Four Spanish research institutions and four international, coordinated by Catalan centers will work in developing this work. They are the Biomedical Research Center of Granada, Faculty of Medicine, University of Seville, Hospital Carlos Haya (Málaga), the National Paraplegics Hospital (Toledo), the Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, University of Montpellier (France), the Aberdeen Institute of Medical Sciences (United Kingdom), the Pasteur Institute of Montevideo (Uruguay) and the Neuroscience Research Centre (Ireland).

IDIBELL projects funded by La Marató are: The winning researchers will work in the next three years in the advancement of knowledge about spinal cord and acquired brain injuries. The results that will be obtained in these twenty research projects will be presented in 2015 as part of a scientific symposium organized by La Marató de TV3.

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