Retina. New treatments to cure blindness is in CosmoCaixa Top Ciència space, the area of the renowned center of "La Caixa" Welfare Projects, dedicated to the latest scientific advances. CosmoCaixa is a leading centre in Barcelona in the promotion of science and the BMF has worked to set up a space where the lines of research stand out, linked to international research groups at the forefront of this field.
Dr. Monés welcomes you to this space. In a vertical screen nearly two meters high, it frames the problem: there are 39 million blind people in the world, and 285 million with vision problems. From there, he notes the solutions explored in projects such as European-funded Advancecat project. Nowadays, the greatest hope for managing incurable diseases, such as atrophic AMD, Stargardt disease or retinitis pigmentosa, is cell therapy. Then Dr. Monés transforms into a video game cartoon character and conducts research where he explains the principles being worked on towards cell therapy in the future. He brings us into the research to try to stop the diseases mentioned above. We will simulate a cell therapy process which, in this game, will be successful. We will differentiate induced pluripotent stem cells from retinal pigment epithelium and photoreceptors. With the application of these elements, we will stop the degeneration of the tissue. This is a procedure that researchers predict will be applicable in practice in the next decade
Advance(CAT) works with cell therapy because it is the great hope to try to curb and control the aforementioned incurable pathologies.
CosmoCaixa Top Ciència: Retina. New treatments to cure blindness
This work has been developed in the context of AdvanceCat with the support of ACCIÓ (Catalonia Trade & Investment; Generalitat de Catalunya) under the Catalonian ERDF operational program (European Regional Development Fund) 2014-2020.