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Fifty-five scientists received the awards in a presentation ceremony held in the Auditorium of “La Academia de Ciencias Médicas y de la Salud de Cataluña y de Baleares” (Photo: Espe Pons, Fundació La Marató).

IBEC and IRB Barcelona projects awarded funds from the 2017 edition of La Marató de TV3

Yesterday, La Fundació  Marató de TV3 announced the 36 projects awarded funding in the 2017 edition of the telethon, dedicated to infectious diseases. Among them is a project headed by Ernest Giralt, from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and Jordi Vila, from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), and two projects led by Xavier Fernandez-Busquets and Antonio Juarez from the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).


La Marató de TV3, together with Catalunya Ràdio, broadcasts its annual telethon to raise funds for scientific research into various diseases with a different theme each year. The 2017 edition of La Marató de TV3 and Catalunya Radio, dedicated to infectious diseases, closed with its scoreboard showing 9,758,075. From the broadcast of the programme on 17 December until 31 March, when the period for receiving donations finished, the figure on the board rose by more than 2.5 million euros, the second highest growth in the history of La Marató.

The project “Coated liposome nanocomplexes as drug delivery systems for treatment of leishmaniasis”, which will be carried out by Nanomalaria joint unit group leader Xavier Fernandez-Busquets with collaborators at the University of Barcelona and the University of Cagliari, has been awarded €399.480. “A novel approach to combat antibiotic resistance: targeting antigenic proteins coded by resistance plasmids”, led by Antonio Juarez, professor at the University of Barcelona and associated researcher at IBEC, has been awarded €399.480. More information: IBEC website [+]

The project “Design and development of a chimeric molecule to treat infections caused by multidrug resistant bacteria”, presented by Ernest Giralt, head of the Design, Synthesis and Structure of Peptides and Proteins, and Jordi Vila, director of the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative at ISGLOBAL, has been awarded €260.000 euros.  This is the third time that the scientist Ernest Giralt has received support from “La Marató”. More information: IRB Barcelona website [+]