IBEC group to receive Marató funding for Parkinson’s research

Group leader José Antonio del Rio (left) attended the official award ceremony in l’Auditori de l’Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques i de la Salut de Catalunya i Balears yesterday.

The project, which is a collaboration between researchers at IBEC, the University of Barcelona and Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR, will study the relationship between Parkinson’s with dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases. Specifically, it will focus on the cellular prion protein (PrPc) as a “cross-talk” protein between amyloid-beta and p-Tau, which contribute to Alzheimer’s by forming plaques or creating tangles inside affected neurons respectively, to try to determine the role it plays in Parkinson’s disease.

The Marató awards are made possible by the Fundació La Marató de TV3, which, together with Televisió de Catalunya, broadcasts an annual telethon to raise funds for scientific research into various diseases, with a different theme each year.