Further Pablo Motos support for IBEC research into bacterial infections

Junior group leader Eduard Torrents is the recipient of a third “Pablo Motos” award from the Federación Española de Fibrosis Quística (FEFQ) to continue his research into identifying new antimicrobial molecules to fight the bacteria that cause complications and even death in many people with cystic fibrosis.

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Eduard’s project was the one selected from 14 proposals, both scientific and social, to receive the national prize, which is now in its fourth year. Eduard’s previous Pablo Moto awards, which he won in 2009 and 2010, helped him explore ribonucleotide reductase as a therapeutic target against bacterial pathogens in cystic fibrosis, and now he will focus on tackling a particularly problematic bacteria, P. aeruginosa (pictured), using new antimicrobials developed on a biofilm.

The award is made possible by Pablo Motos, TV personality and creator of the show ‘El Hormiguero’, who donates the royalties from his book ‘Frases célebres de niños’ to the FEFQ.