The Prince and Princess of Asturias founded Hesperia  foundation after receiving an inheritance of more than four million  euros from Juan Ignacio Balada, a businessman from Menorca. One of the condition was that half the the inheritance would be used to create a foundation.

Hesperia Foundation funded IDIBELL´s research project on rare diseases

IDIBELL  research group on neuro-metabolic  diseases, led by ICREA researcher Aurora Pujol, will receive a grant of 45,000 euros for a research project on the X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy.

It is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder, especially in its variant in children. There is currently no effective treatment. The  team of Dr. Pujol  has worked for over twelve years developing animal models deciphering the pathophysiological basis of the disease,and has discovered the involvement of oxidative stress in the early steps of the neurodegenerative cascade.

June 2011

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