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Hospital Clinic awarded by CEREBRA Foundation for its excellence in early diagnosis of brain damage
Date:4/3/2008

From a certain age on, some children start to show cognitive or learning difficulties which had not been detected before. Most of these problems, around 80%, have their origins in the prenatal period. This is why an early identification is crucial in order to avoid future neurological problems affecting the normal development of the child. This is one of the main objectives of the multidiscipline research group in Foetal and Perinatal Medicine of the Hospital Clnic de Barcelona- IDIBAPS, directed by Dr. Eduard Gratacs. Thanks to the work of his group, it is possible to act from the very first stages, to perform a postnatal monitoring of the neonate and, hence, to reduce the impact of the brain damage acquired during the foetal life.

Because of this important work, the Catalan hospital was acknowledged yesterday in London by the British foundation CEREBRA, formed by 30 different associations, where a total of 8,000 parents of children with brain injure of several degrees gather together. With this acknowledgement, the Hospital Clnic is accredited as an excellence centre and is awarded with 1.2 million euro to finance a multidiscipline research on premature brain damage for the following six years. These pathologies are anomalies affecting at least 10% of the population.

In an act organised in the Spanish Embassy in London, the medical group has presented all the details of the research work currently under way to the media. Dr. Eduard Gratacs, head of the Unit of Mother and Child Medicine of the Hospital Clnic de Barcelona- IDIBAPS has explained how, by promoting research, a number of these disorders can be detected during foetal life, with the aim to apply strategies of early intervention and making a successful postnatal monitoring or the child. This event had the assistance of Mr. Chris Jones, Director of the British CEREBRA Foundation; Mr. Javier Carvajosa, business manager of the London Spanish Embassy; Dr
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Contact: Marc de Semir
mdesemir@clinic.ub.es
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IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomdiques August Pi i Sunyer
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