After over twenty-five years of work, we have decided to rethink the way the public perceives us. We have outgrown our motto "Solidarity to the core" as it no longer reflects everything we aim to do. We firmly believe that what we are best known for is our desire to constantly strive to be the agent of a change in the fight against leukemia. So it is with great pleasure that we introduce the new corporate image of the Foundation, which you can see here in its different formats. +info
The new magazine "Unstoppable against leukaemia" is now available
We have just released the new magazine of the Foundation, which, as you can see, has changed on the outside, but also on the inside! More content, IJC news, an interview with one of our bright young scientists Laura Palomo... and much more! +info (Available in Spanish)
JOSEP CARRERAS LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute… in the TV3 newscast!
On November 18 the TV3 evening News showed a short feature on the progress of the IJC building works, as well as talking about the papers on myelodysplastic syndromes and multiple myeloma, in which Dr. Albert Oriol, Dr. Francesc Solé and Vera Ademà have participated. Remember that you can find more information about these projects in the FJC website. You can see the TV3 newscast here.
The three groups who applied for Health Research Grants (formerly known as FIS grants) from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Spain were awarded grants for the next three years. For an institution to be awarded 100% of the grants applied for is exceptional. +info
Dr. Alessandra Giorgetti, an associate researcher in the Stem Cells, Mesenchymal Cancer and Development group, led by Dr. Pablo Menéndez, has published a paper in the journal Stem Cell Reports this month. +info
Scientists from the Stem Cells, Mesenchymal Cancer and Development Group, led by Dr. Pablo Menéndez, have won a contract for 350,000 euros from the Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate (BGTD) of Health Canada. +info
First Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC)
This week members of the External Scientific Advisory Board of the IJC met to review scientific activities of the institute. During the morning session, Professors Sackstein, Lococco and Orfao, under the guidance of the President Prof. Luzzatto analysed the current state of the Institute with the President of the Executive Committee of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute Dr. Evarist Feliu. In the afternoon, the Research Directors presented the projects in progress on each campus. Other matters discussed included the Strategic Plan for the IJC in the coming years and the plans for future scientific leadership of the Institute. In the near future two more advisors will be appointed, both from prestigious European Institutions.
Latest news about the ICO-Germans Trias i Pujol Campus
The first construction phase of the campus has already been adjudicated for a total of € 6,306,563.28. The construction company ACR Group will carry out the work; they have built the CIMA Centre and the biomedical research centre of the University of Navarra in Pamplona (https://www.cima.es/inicio/video). The company who will do the installations is Agefred, an international company with experience in complex installation and health and laboratories. This phase entails the provision of equipment and all common services (technical infrastructure, air conditioning, gas, supplies, library, hall, dining room, and access), the perimeter closing of walls and ceilings and the suitability as a space work of 50% of all available space for laboratories in each of the three floors. The rest of the space potentially useful for laboratories is reserved for future areas of expansion so that, as the IJC grows, we will just have to open and furnish the remaining areas of the building without disturbing the normal running of the centre.
SPANISH BONE MARROW DONORS REGISTRY (REDMO)
New Study to eradicate HIV virus from HIV positive leukaemia patients
On November 6th the ONT (National Transplant Organization) and SEHH (Spanish Society of Haematology and Haemotherapy) held a press conference to present a major clinical trial that is starting with the aim of eradicating the HIV virus from the blood of patients with blood cancers through an umbilical cord blood transplant. REDMO also participates in this project by selecting cords stored in Spain based on criteria established by the medical community. +info
REDMO attends the WMDA and the NMDP Meetings
Three members of the REDMO team, Nuria Marieges, Cristina Fusté and Mariam Pérez, attended the annual congress of the World Marrow Donor Association and the American donor registry (NMDP) in Minneapolis from 5-8 November. This meeting establishes working groups to address key issues for bone marrow donor registries such as: biovigilance of the reactions that can affect both donors and patients, ethical dilemmas, financial aspects of the product or treatment of the cell product and many other topics.
ESADE Students for bone marrow donation
A group of Social Marketing students of ESADE have chosen bone marrow donation as the main cause for a promotional campaign among students. The target public of this campaign are prime candidates to be future young donors in our registry. The results of the study will also allow us to understand better how to address this group in particular.
Josep Carreras receives the Bavarian Award for the most outstanding German foundation presented by Josep Guardiola
On 13 November Josep Carreras was presented with the Bavarian Award for the most outstanding German foundation, presented by Josep Guardiola at the Parliament in Munich. "Football is just a game, but it is very important to achieve something for society," said the former Barça coach, a good friend of Carreras, whom he described as "a man with a strong will, and a passionate team player.”
The Josep Carreras Foundation, at the Madrid underground
The Madrid metro workers voted for a charitable cause for a campaign during the month of December and… they chose us! From 9 December there will be posters and video displays championing our cause to raise funds, in this case, for the maintenance of REDMO.
Tarragona helps us!
Several charity events have taken place this month in Tarragona, organized by different organizations and private individuals. On 14 November the IV Sopar Estrelles Michelin took place in Tarragona. Since 2011 this dinner has been raising funds for our entity. The following day, a charity dance took place at the Fortuny Theatre in Reus. This initiative is led by the Associació de Professors de Dansa de les Comarques de Tarragona (Apdansatgn), the Consorci Teatre Fortuny, the Teatre Fortuny Foundation and the Josep Carreras Foundation. Finally, on the 21st, the XII Gala lírica per a la Fundació Josep Carreras took place at the Josep Carreras Auditorium in Vila-Seca (Tarragona). One of the best known lyrical voices in the world, the soprano María Bayo performed accompanied by pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre.
Amb L de Clàudia
Claudia, a 7-month-old fighter from Lleida, is currently in the hospital fighting against leukaemia. In REDMO we are looking for a compatible donor for her as she needs a bone marrow transplant to beat the disease. Her parents have created a wonderful blog, which has already become very popular, where they describe their life in the hospital. +info (Available in catalan)