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The Pasqual Maragall Foundation will move to a new headquarters in a new entrance at the Port of Barcelona, in front of the W Hotel. The new building, one of three towers in a complex, will house the Foundation’s barcelonaβeta research and charity initiative and will comprise eight stories, with a total area of 10,500 square meters.

The headquarters will encompass the following two operational areas, plus a complementary information and services area open to the public:

  • The Pasqual Maragall Research Institute, which will perform high-risk research, investigate areas that are currently under-addressed by scientists, and conduct an ambitious cohort study on early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Memory Clinic, a research center aimed at implementing scientific advances to improve diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s patients and to address the cognitive problems associated with ageing; The Clinic will provide full clinical diagnostic services, consulting, and information on resources available to Alzheimer’s patients, as well as opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials, experimental programs for cognitive simulation and rehabilitation, and other clinical research studies.
  • The Resources and Interpretation Center; open to the public, the Center will provide consulting services on Alzheimer’s diseases and promote public health awareness to foster better quality of life with aging.

According to an accord signed last week, the Pasqual Maragall Foundation will rent the space for ten years, and will later have the option to renew every five years.

Although the move will not be completed until late 2012, the Foundation is continuing work on other scientific projects, such as one dedicated to early diagnosis of cognitive difficulties related to ageing, which is supported in part by "la Caixa" Obra Social Foundation program and which will be presented at the end of this year.


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