The P-CMR[C] is born with the mission to develop high-level frontier research in regenerative medicine based on the use of pluripotent stem cells. Its creation, approved by government agreement in 2015, wants to capitalize CMR[B]’s position as a cohesive agent for stem cell research in Catalonia, and, at the same time, catalyze the clinical translation of the research in regenerative medicine.
The leadership of this new program is assumed by Dr. Ángel Raya, current director of CMR[B]. The program includes a clinical co-management that Dr. Antoni Bayés-Genís, clinical researcher at Germans Trias i Pujol Institute, will take responsibility for. This will consolidate the transversal orientation of the program and will strengthen the translation of the research to clinical practice.
“The P-CMR [C] has a unique mission, to accelerate the translation of strategies in regenerative medicine, and a dual vocation: to promote basic research of excellence and to become a unifying agent of all efforts to reach the clinical practice”, said Dr. Raya. Research at P-CMR[C] will mainly focus in cardiac insufficiency, neurodegenerative diseases, non-malignant hematologic diseases and macular degeneration associated with aging.
President Torra has reaffirmed the government’s support towards the new P-CMR[C], a long-term project. “We must be able to lay the foundations of a new knowledge revolution, and that is why we commit to Catalan research”. “The impact of research on people’s lives is a challenge for our country” said Alba Vergés, who highlighted the “accelerating” nature of the new program. Dr. Gabriel Capellá, director of IDIBELL, underlined the “good fit of regenerative medicine within IDIBELL and Bellvitge Campus”, complementing Mayor Núria Marín’s speech, who framed the new program within the biomedical microcluster project as an example of the “sustainable growth model that prioritizes citizens” that the city is currently following.
The attendees at the presentation have visited the P-CMR[C] facilities, located inside the Duran i Reynals hospital, in the frame of IDIBELL. The scientific and technical services of the CMR[B] and the Stem Cell Bank of Barcelona (BCL-B), the Catalan node of the National Stem Cell Bank (BNCL), are part of the program as well.
To integrate the P-CMR[C], IDIBELL has gone through a refurbishment of its space. The project has been funded by the Health Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the competitive co-financing from FEDER (ECO/1823/2015/ 2015 FEDER/S-19).
The P-CMR[C] will create between 4 and 6 new research groups that will carry out their activity in the new facilities. Simultaneously, and due to the transversal nature of the program, it will also associate research groups from other institutions that work in the field of Regenerative Medicine in Catalonia.