BBVA funds IBEC research into more efficient cancer drug delivery systems

In addition, the group proposes to take advantage of the chemical reaction that causes the propulsion of these nanoparticles as a contrast agent to improve the molecular image. The ultimate goal will be that lower quantities of a cancer drug would need to be administered, thus reducing the many side effects that can occur.

With this funding programme, the BBVA Foundation support highly innovative biomedical research in which involves significant potential advances in understanding diseases and improvements in diagnosis and treatment. It is usually given to at consolidated teams that have a robust, high-quality track record. In the 2018 call, there were 146 projects submitted in total.

The other five winning projects, which will be developed in research centers in Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Salamanca, will look for biomarkers that give early warning of the most aggressive breast cancer; minimize the damage suffered by heart tissue after a heart attack, by visualizing the affected area; find new therapeutic approaches for some pathologies associated with obesity; and understand a possible and little-known link between aging and cancer.

All the selected projects had one of two themes in common: new molecular imaging techniques, or diseases associated with defects in metabolism – which, like obesity, are increasingly prevalent in our society.