Dr. Carmen Gil, researcher at the Translational Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Group at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB-CSIC) department of Structural and Chemical Biology, coordinates the StopEbola project granted in “la Caixa” Banking Foundation Health Research Call. The aim of this call is to support biomedical research projects that aim to address some of the main health challenges currently faced by our society.
During the selection process a total of 22 grants were given, out of 629 applications, where StopEbola was selected in the Infectious Diseases panel. The project has a duration of 3 years and is granted with 995.068 euros.
The aim of the project is to develop antiviral compounds able to block the entry of the Ebola virus into the cells. Besides CIB, the other partners are Dr. Rafael Delgado (Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria 12 de Octubre, i+12), Covadonga Alonso (Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, INIA) and César Muñoz-Fontela (Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, BNITM, in Germany). The new designed and developed compounds will be tested in different cellular and animal models in high-containment biosafety laboratories following a transfer strategy.
The Grant Award Ceremony for “la Caixa” Health Research 2019 Call was held at “la Caixa” Foundation headquarters in Barcelona on September 16th. The ceremony was presided by the Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, Isidro Fainé and Jaume Giró, president and general director of “la Caixa” Banking Foundation and Javier Solana, member of the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Council of Research Experts of the foundation.
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More information about the programs awarded in this ceremony can be found here.
“la Caixa” Foundation press release: link.
Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) press release: link.
Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria 12 de Octubre (i+12) press release: link.
CAM Press release: link.