2,200 euros. This is the amount that the Cursa Nocturna Sport Ciutat de l’Hospitalet, held on Saturday April 16 on the occasion of the city Spring Festival, raised for the benefit of biomedical research at IDIBELL. Much of this money was collected through the contribution of a solidarity euro that runners could perform voluntarily, at the time of registration to the race. The rest was raised directly on the stand that IDIBELL installed in the Runner’s Fair held in the Gran Via 2 mall, days before the race. Thanks to this presence, all enrolled in the trial could receive first-hand information about the research center and the Predicop project, for which donations were collected. Moreover, thanks to the collaboration of the researchers responsible for this study, many athletes could be tested to determine their percentages of muscle and fat, and their body mass index, and talking with dieticians and trainers linked to IDIBELL.
In order to choose the project represented our Institute in the Cursa, Fundrising Area from IDIBELL issued a call to all researchers. Predicop is the name of the project that was selected, and is led by Dr. Antonio Agudo (ICO-IDIBELL). Predicop is an assay that is performed by several centers and includes 2,108 catalan women, between 18 and 75, who have already gone through a standard treatment for breast cancer. The participants, who will receive a treatment based on exercise and nutritional monitoring will be monitored for four years, with the intention to demonstrate that these changes in lifestyle are crucial for improving the prognosis of cancer, their quality of life and, ultimately, their survival.
During the festive ceremony of the race awards, the deputy Mayor of Sports of the City Council of L’Hospitalet, Cristian Alcazar, handed the symbolic pay stub with the contributions to the cause of solidarity to Drs. Jaume Reventós, Director of IDIBELL, and Antoni Agudo, director of Predicop.