The Catalan Association for Parkinson’s visits IBEC

Parkinson’s, a disease with many faces and challenges

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and currently incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects among 7 and 10 million patients worldwideAlthough the incidence occurs mainly among people over 65 years old (they represent 70% of cases), around 15% of those affected are under 50 years oldParkinson’s is a disease that affects the central nervous systemcausing a wide variety of symptomsincluding balance and walking disorders, tremors and muscle stiffness.


In this context, researchers around the world are working to unravel the exact mechanisms to prevent the
diseasebut many questions remain unansweredWhat is known is a key element that stops the treatment: the difficultu of existing medications to overcome the blood-brain barrier, the natural protection of the brain. It is precisely in this field that Silvia Muro, ICREA Research Professor at IBEC and her team, work tirelessly, using nanotechnologywhich takes advantage of the properties of tiny objects prepared in the laboratory. 

Visit of the ACAP Association to IBEC 

Visit at IBEC

This year, coinciding with the Science Week, a group of patients and relatives of people affected by Parkinson’s, members of the Catalan Association for Parkinson’s (ACAP), were able to visit Professor Muro’s laboratories at IBEC.
During the visit, Professor Muro explained to the guests the known basis, and the unanswered questions, about Parkinson’s. The members of Silvia Muro’s team also showed to the attendees in an informal and close way, some of the principles and techniques that they use in her laboratory to investigate this disease. 

The Catalan Association for Parkinson’s (ACAP) is a non-profit organization that began its activity in January 1985. Its mission is to provide care and advice to people affected by Parkinson’s disease and their families. Meeting the criteria of qualityclarity and performance, it was declaredby the Ministry of the Interior, a Public Utility entity in July 1999. 

Faster Future program 

Over the last two years, the IBEC Faster Future program at IBEC has made possible, thanks to donor contributions, the study of antibodies as the basis of a therapeutic product for the treatment of Parkinson’s. The researchers now present the scientific advances, and will continue working to try to respond to one of the greatest challenges of modern medicine: neurodegenerative pathologies such as Parkinson’s. 

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