Neuroimmunology Program - IDIBAPS

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Pere Santamaria: “I want to defeat autoimmune diseases"

One of the candidates for the prize Vanguardia Science, this year. As explained in an interview with La Vanguardia, he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis when he was young and knows “what parents live when they have a child with a serious illness; they had a worse time than me." In one of his recent work, published last year, he has demonstrated, in mice, that it is possible to reprogram immune cells that attack its own tissues so that they become protective cells.

Has discovered a way of approach to treat autoimmune diseases and intends to use it to design drugs that can reach patients. He could have sold the rights to a multinational pharmaceutical company. "But a multinational company could invest in the project and then abandoned it, as has happened on other occasions."