Junior group leader Pere Roca-Cusachs has received funding from 2012’s La Marató de TV3 for his project “Stromal stiffness in Tumor Progression”.
At a ceremony last night at the PRBB, Pere was presented with a diploma representing the award by the Fundació La Marató de TV3 which, together with Televisió de Catalunya, broadcasts an annual telethon to raise funds for scientific research into diseases.
The project, which is coordinated by Pere and also involves the group of Dr. Miguel Ángel del Pozo, from the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC, Madrid) was one of the just 42 chosen from 317 submitted to the call for research connected with cancer in February this year. The foundation announced the winning projects on 29th October after evaluation by a Scientific Advisory Committee of 257 international cancer experts.
“I’m very happy that our project has been selected,” says Pere, who leads a junior group under IBEC’s Tenure Track system. “One of the main features of tumors is that they are stiffer than surrounding tissue, and this directly impacts their progression. Although this has been known for a long time, we don’t know why or how it happens. Our project aims to identify the molecular mechanisms involved, potentially revealing new targets and biomarkers for cancer therapy.”
This year’s Marató will be raising funds for projects on the topic of neurodegenerative diseases, and will air on 15th December on TV3.