Al càncer donem-li recerca! Research to fight cancer

February 15th, 2018 CosmoCaixa, Barcelona

In 2015, nearly 250,000 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Spain. One in two men and almost one in three women will have cancer throughout their lives.

The initiative Al càncer donem-li recerca! aims to raise awareness about the scientific research that is being carried out at the different research centers in Barcelona focused on fighting cancer, and to disseminate the latest achievements attained by these research groups in search of winning the battle against this illness.

ICFO Alumnus Dani Infante, who has been diagnosed with cancer, known as Ewing Sarcoma, is the promoter of this event. Together with the Obra Social La Caixa, in collaboration with the Fundation Alba Perez, they have put together an event at CosmoCaixa that includes four workshops for adolescents in the morning session and a round table in the evening session, where five researchers will present and discuss some of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic trends that are currently being investigated in centers and hospitals in Catalonia.

An initiative promoted by a researcher who is also a patient

Daniel Infante, promoter of of the initiative, knows at first hand what is to undergo a cancer. When diagnosed with a rare and aggressive stroke cancer, a Ewing sarcoma, he had to postpone many dreams: including finishing his doctorate. However, the remission of the disease, after an arduous year of treatment, has given him strength and motivation to organize this day and highlight the relevance of the investigation that is being carried out of diseases such as cancer.

The workshops

Four research centers will offer workshops during the morning session: the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) and the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). Students from the second cycle of the Tecla Sala de l’Hospitalet de Llobregat school will learn how to extract DNA, how to understand the mutations, how to encapsulate a future medicine and how light and nanoparticles can be used to cure cancer.

The round table

Five experts in different fields of oncology will comprise a round table moderated by the scientific journalist Michele Catanzaro, and will discuss on the advances of cancer research:

● Dra. Alena Gros, Head of the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Group (VHIO).
● Dra. Ana Vivancos, Head of the Genomic Cancer Group (VHIO).
● Dra. Soledad Gallego, Head of Pediatric Oncohematology, Group of Translational Research of Child and Adolescent Cancer (VHIR).
● Prof. Dr. Romain Quidant, Leader of the Plasmon Nano-Optics research group (ICFO).
● Dr. Òscar Martínez, Chief of the Sarcomes Research Group (IDIBELL).