The Esther Koplowitz Foundation contributes to the research for a treatment to destroy cancer cells
A group of Catalan researchers working in the August Pi y Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) in Barcelona have managed to genetically modify a virus that can destroy cancer cells without affecting healthy ones.
This research was possible thanks to the contribution of the Esther Koplowitz Foundation, which donated €15 million for the oncological research. The group of experts are currently working on the use of this technique in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Part of the IDIBAPS team is developing this scientific potential in the Esther Koplowitz Biomedical Research Centre in Barcelona, which is dedicated exclusively to biomedical research. This centre is managed in the ambit of action of the August Pi y Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS), a research leader in Spain and one of the top ten such facilities in Europe.
Esther Koplowitz Biomedical Research Centre
This ambitious project, inaugurated in October 2010, was possible thanks to the generosity of the Esther Koplowitz Foundation, which since its creation has promoted actions relating to scientific research specifically focusing on projects that can improve the life of people.
The construction and equipping of the Esther Koplowitz Biomedical Research Centre in Barcelona is the most important patronage to scientific research made in Spain and one of the most important in Europe.
With this centre, Esther Koplowitz is promoting the fight against illnesses by encouraging scientific research into pathologies so common in our environment such as alterations in eating habits, cancer, neurological disorders, digestive illnesses and the study of tropical illnesses, among others.
The mission of the Esther Koplowitz Centre is based on improving patients’ health through the study and knowledge of the origin, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses of the liver and digestive system, metabolic and neurological illnesses and cancer. It also works in “research transfer,” relating the fundamental research undertaken in basic research institutes and centres with the clinical research carried out in hospitals. In addition, the Centre promotes the training of researchers, especially in Spain and Latin America.
The institution currently has more than 350 researcher from various countries, allowing relationships to be set up with other research centres and Spanish universities as well as in other countries to the benefit of medical research.
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