Translational Research

The multidisciplinary nature of the Sant Pau Memory Unit has favored the development of translational research lines that aim to bridge the gap between bench and clinic. Consequently, many of the results from these research lines have an immediate impact on clinical practice. Biomarkers This research line is focused on the identification and characterization of … Read more

SPIN cohort

Volunteer - Sant Pau Memory Unit - Alzheimer Research - Barcelona

Sant Pau Initiative on Neurodegeneration 1. What is the SPIN cohort? The main objective of the SPIN cohort (Sant Pau Initiative on Neurodegeneration) is to widen our knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia and frontotemporal lobe degeneration, through the study of biochemical and neuroimaging markers (also known as biomarkers). This … Read more

Molecular Genetics

Our Molecular Genetics Unit is focused on understanding the genetic causes underlying neurodegenerative disorders, and developing new genetic-based biomarkers to aid in disease diagnosis and prognosis. To accomplish this, we use state-of-the-art genetic tools such as next-generation sequencing, ddPCR, etc. applied to patients that have been diagnosed and followed-up by our memory clinic team. We … Read more

Neuroimage

In the Memory Unit we perform imaging studies focused on Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders that allow us to correlate structural, functional or even metabolic brain measures with several cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), clinical or neuropsychologic biomarkers. The neuroimage research line, led by Dr. Fortea, is funded by 3 active grants from the Spanish Government … Read more

Clinical Trials

clinical trials

What are clinical trials? Clinical trials are used to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new drugs. Trials are divided in four phases: Phase I: During this phase, a drug is tested for the first time in healthy volunteers having previously been assessed for safety and efficacy in laboratory animals. All participants at this stage … Read more