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Is Ageing a Disease?

2016 ICREA - CCCB Debates

Pathologies of Ageing: Alzheimer's disease

Lecture by Elena Galea

Will science be able to cure Alzheimer’s, the most frequent neurodegenerative disease? In this lecture, Elena Galea, ICREA research professor at the Institut de Neurociències at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (INc), talks about the molecular causes of Alzheimer’s will be discussed, together with the research programmes and clinical trials being carried out on a worldwide scale, with particular attention to work in Barcelona on projects aiming to find a cure for the disease.

Miquel Vila

Pathologies of Ageing: Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease as yet but can it be avoided by slowing down ageing? Lecture by Miquel Vila, ICREA research professor at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR).

Maria Pia Cosma

Can humans regenerate their organs?

Several kinds of animals are able to regenerate parts of their body after an amputation. Would it be possible to apply these techniques in the human being? Maria Pia Cosma, ICREA research professor at the Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG – Centre for Genomic Regulation) talks about the challenges of regenerative medicine in this lecture.

Miguel Chillón

Brain ageing and its therapies

Ageing, a complex biological process entailing progressive functional decline of the organism, is particularly important when it affects the brain. At advanced ages some people have memory lapses or suffer from dementia, while others maintain their cognitive capacities.