Alzheimer's Night raises € 28,000 to advance in the prognosis of the disease
Alzheimer's Night, the charity event held in August that brought more than 100 personalities from different sectors of Catalan society, has raised a total of 27,910 €. Funds will be used to launch the NORFACE project, a new line of research of Fundació ACE - Barcelona Alzheimer Treatment & Research Center, which will advance the prognosis of Alzheimer's disease.
Currently, it is needed more accurate and higher resolution tests in the diagnostic process of neuro-degenerative diseases. Neuroimaging or lumbar puncture are some of the ones that exist but are expensive, invasive and painful.
By optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technique that involves photographing the eye, NORFACE project aims to study the relationship between cognitive impairment and the thickness of the retina. It is a painless, non-invasive test that could be introduced in the diagnostic process for more accurate, cheaper and faster initial forecasts.
The NORFACE project is the study with more patients with cognitive impairment and / or dementia that has been carried out to date. It will be a pioneer regarding the diversity of causes and types of dementia treated, besides being the longest follow-up suggests patients (three to four years).
From left to right, Antoni Gelonch, director of institutional relations of the ACE Foundation, Mr. Lluís Tárraga, director general of the ACE Foundation, Ms. Isabel Suqué, president of the Foundation Castell de Peralada, Dra. Mercè Bodada, medical director of ACE Foundation, and David Martin, communications director for the Peralada Group.
In presenting the symbolic check that gives the collection to the Fundació ACE, Isabel Suqué, president of the Fundació Castell de Peralada, has qualified as "very positive" the experience of the Alzheimer's Night and believes that "the cooperation of our Foundation with Fundació ACE is renewed year after year with will be able to put our grain of sand in favor of research into this disease and the desire that one day a cure is found. "
Meanwhile, Merce Boada, medical director of Fundació ACE, thanked the participation and support given by Dolors Bassa, Regional Minister for Social Welfare and Family Issues and Santi Vila, Catalan Minister of Culture. Boada has emphasized the need to invest in science, in particular in Alzheimer's disease that is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the 4th global health problem.