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La Marató de TV3 2008 funds will promote 26 biomedical research projects on mental diseases which will be developed by 42 main researchers and their teams of 35 Catalan, Spanish and European research centres.

Yesterday afternoon, the awarded researchers, the scientific community and personalities of the social and political world attended the award delivery act which took place in the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine with the participation of the Catalan counsellor of Health, Marina Geli; the vice dean of the UB Faculty of Medicine, Albert Torras and the president of La Marató de TV3 Foundation, Albert Sáez.

The projects results will be seen in 2013

Of these 26 research projects, 12 are unitary, that is, they will be developed in an only research centre. The other 14 are coordinated, which implies joint work of Catalan research centres with other Spanish and European institutions.

For areas of research, 12 projects correspond to basic research, 10 to clinical, 3 to epidemiological and healthcares and 1 to combinations of the different areas.

Of the funded research centres, the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) has 5 awarded projects; and the Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM-Hospital del Mar) have 2 awarded projects each.

On the other hand, 4 Spanish research institutions and 2 European, all coordinated by Catalan centres, will work in developing these projects. They are the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Malaga, the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Granada, the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, the Regional Centre of Biomedical Research of Ciudad Real, the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences of the University of Edinburg and the Karolinksa Institutet of Stockholm.

The results of these projects, which will be developed during the next 3 years, will be presented in the year 2013 in a symposium organised by La Marató de TV3 Foundation.

Second funding source for research in Catalonia

In this call, opened last February, 151 projects of 81 research institutions were presented. Later, between the months of May and September, 131 specialist scientists in mental diseases from 17 countries evaluated the projects in a peer review process. The evaluation of the projects has been managed by the Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment (CAHTA).

Between 1992 and 2007, La Marató de TV3 has funded 515 research projects with over 70 million Euros. It is the second funding source of Catalan research, behind the Health Research Fund.

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