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Call CaixaResearch 2023 awards 11 Portuguese projects

CaixaResearch Health Call 2023 La Caixa Foundation

The 11 biomedical and health research projects led by Portuguese higher education institutions and research centers that won the 2023 edition of the "la Caixa" Foundation's Call CaixaResearch in Health are now known.

Selected from 152 applications, they will together receive a total of 7.9 million euros to tackle health challenges, such as infectious diseases, which four of the selected projects address. Call also awarded three Portuguese projects related to neurosciences, two related to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, one project linked to oncology and one project focused on developing enabling technology in one of the fields described above.

This Iberian initiative is being carried out in Portugal through the FCT's association with Calls CaixaResearch de Investigação em Saúde, which, by matching funds, has made it possible to support 5 additional projects led by Portuguese institutions, out of a total of 11 Portuguese projects selected in this edition, with 3.7 million euros.

Find out about the projects awarded and funded in partnership with the FCT:

  • Deciphering the effect of leukemia on the immune system beyond the disease - Nuno Rodrigues dos Santos, Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S), University of Porto. Total funding: 981,307.27 euros.
  • New strategies to combat antibiotic resistance in gram-positive bacteria - Didier Cabanes, Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S), University of Porto. Total funding: 499,950 euros.
  • Personalized medicine tools to improve the early diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia - Mafalda Bourbon, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge and Instituto de Biossistemas e Ciências Integrativas (BioISI). Total funding: 999,912 euros.
  • New strategy to clarify and control intercellular communication to promote brain regeneration after injury - Christa Rhiner, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown. Total funding: 899,298.20 euros.
  • Immune regulation of skeletal muscle to improve metabolic health and response to exercise during ageing - Pedro Sousa-Victor, Instituto de Medicina Molecular de Lisboa. Total funding: 499,835.60 euros.

Call Call CaixaResearch supports basic, clinical and translational research projects of scientific excellence and with a social impact in the areas of cardiovascular and infectious diseases, oncology and neurosciences, as well as projects that develop enabling technologies in these areas.