La Marató 2019: IBUB’s science supports the fight against rare diseases

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La Marató de TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio will give 14.053.915€ to a total of 41 research projects focused on the study of rare diseases. In the 2019 edition, a total of 228 projects were submitted, and were assessed according to its quality, methodology and relevance by 190 internationally distinguished experts on the issue. He management of this assessment was carried out by the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia, from the Department of Health.

With the funds raised by La Marató, leading research will be funded to improve the detection of rare diseases in birth, to reduce the necessary time to diagnose diseases, to have enough appropriate and safe treatments, and to improve the quality and life expectancy of those affected. During its 28 years of existence, La Marató has promoted 913 research project –with participation of 8,500 researchers–, that provided significant advances in society’s health.

In this edition, two IBUB scientific projects will be financed, led by Dr. Antonella Consiglio and Dr. Marçal Pastor-Anglada:

Development of personalized treatments in rare genetic diseases causing pediatric parkinsonism

Àngels Garcia, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (University of Barcelona) and Foundation for Research and Teaching Hospital Sant Joan de Déu; Antonella Consiglio, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (University of Barcelona), Institute of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB) and IDIBELL; Aurora Martínez (Bergen University)

Funding: 361,752.49 €

Deoxyribonucleosides as Therapy for Mitochondrial DNA Replication Disorders: Investigating Therapeutic Mechanisms and Extending Treatment to Mutations in POLGs and other Genes

Marçal Pastor-Anglada, Faculty of Biology (University of Barcelona) and Institute of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB); Ramon Martí (Research Institute University Hospital Vall d’Hebron Foundation)

Funding: 296,375.00 €

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