Obesity and metabolic diseases related to excess weight such as type 2 diabetes, are a veritable 21st century epidemic, despite preventive measures being widely known. This is causing a huge impact on public health systems, with far reaching psychosocial consequences. However, no cost effective treatment has been developed so far.
The identification of new mechanisms involved in weight control and glucose levels is essential. Addressing obesity and hyperglycaemia simultaneously represents an inescapable comprehensive therapeutic approach at this time, essential for treating these conditions adequately.
The project of Dr. Sonia Fernández Veledo entitled “New gut-tissue brain-adipose metabolic connection as a therapeutic target to combat obesity and diabetes” is one of the 25 projects awarded by the “la Caixa” Foundation under the resolution of the “Call for Health Research 2020” and is the only one that has been granted throughout the province of Tarragona. The project has received 998.900 Euros, this will allow to carry out important studies throughout Catalonia on cardiovascular and related metabolic diseases.
The funded project will be performed in collaboration with Dr. Miguel López, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, and Dr. José-Manuel Fernández-Real, Institut D’Investigació Biomèdica De Girona (IDIBGI).
Dr. Fernàndez-Veledo, is the head of the DIAMET Research Group of the Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Pere Virgili (IISPV), CIBER of Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases (CIBERDEM), Hospital Universitari de Tarragona Joan XXIII (HJ23), Rovira i Virgili University (URV).
The third edition of the Call for biomedical and health research projects of the ”la Caixa” Foundation aimed to identify and support the most promising initiatives of scientific excellence with potential value and high social impact, whether in basic, clinical or translational research.