New projects target two killers
Barcelona – A group of Spanish scientists will lead studies into malaria and diabetes that will focus on proteomics and bio-
informatics. The project will receive EUR 5m in funding from the European Commission between 2009-2011.
The Barcelona Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) will coordinate both research programmes, which are part of the EU’s Seventh Framework Program. In one project, researchers will seek to elucidate the formation of proteins involved in malaria transmission that could also be used to inhibit the disease. Called “Mephitis”, the project is to be led by Lluis Ribas de Pouplana, head of the Gene Translation Laboratory at IRB. The studies will include two groups in Barcelona, two in India, one in France, one in Italy, one from Portugal, and another from Australia.
The second research area funded under the program will focus on using bioinformatics to gather information about diabetes and other diseases that are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. This consortium will involve six groups aiming to identify the mitochondrial processes at the root of insulin resistance, a factor that increases the risk of diabetes.