Grants and funds for scientific research
For the Foundation, supporting scientific research is the cornerstone of finding a cure for leukaemia.
We are convinced that successful treatment of leukaemia can only be achieved through the dedication of a significant amount of resources that will allow therapeutic advances to be made.
The José Carreras Foundation Against Leukaemia, along with the international headquarters in Germany, United States and Switzerland, has already provided more than €100 millions for scientific research. Thanks to this, more than 803 projects have been carried out (363 scientific research projects, 82 grants for scientific research, 52 infrastructure projects for research and assistance facilities and almost 300 psycho-social projects).
The José Carreras Foundation in Germany provided €600,000 of financing for a collaborative project between the Programme for the Study of Malign Hemopathies (PETHEMA) and German Multicenter Trials (GMALL). This project, directed by Dr José Mª Ribera, Head of the Haematology Service at the Catalan Oncology Institute at the Clinical University in Frankfurt, is focussed on optimising therapies for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, the most common form of the disease amongst children. This joint project is undertaken in more than 40 hospitals in Spain and more than 100 in Germany.
The Foundation also provides funds for a clinical research professorship through its presence in the United States. The professorship is located in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, is named after José Carreras and E. Donnall Thomas, and has a value of US$1,000,000. Prof. Thomas was the world's first scientist to undertake a bone marrow transplant, a treatment which now saves thousands of leukaemia patients every year. His honourable efforts earned him the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1990.
The Foundation's Scientific Committee, chaired by Prof. Evarist Feliu, maintains that the best way of finding a definitive cure for leukaemia is through promoting research and supporting the work of young scientists. For this reason, the Foundation awards annual grants to young researchers at both national and international level.