Funded the research project by Paolo Grumati dedicated to the study of a neurodegenerative disease that causes generalized sensory loss.

Paolo Grumati

There is also a Telethon scientist among the winners of the 2020 edition of the "Fondazione Roche for Independent Research": he is Paolo Grumati of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (Tigem) of Pozzuoli, for a project on autonomic and sensory neuropathy type 2 (HSAN2), a neurodegenerative disease that occurs in early childhood and manifests itself with insensitivity to pain, severe decrease in heat perception and loss of reflexes. The aim of the project will be to identify the biological causes that lead to the death of neurons and try to find possible treatments, therapies and drugs that can stop the progress of this disease.

Graduated in Medical Biotechnology and with a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Padua, Paolo Grumati spent a period of research abroad at Goethe University in Frankfurt and returned to Italy in 2019. He is currently a researcher at the Tigem Institute in Pozzuoli, where he directs his research laboratory and coordinates a project on sensory neuropathies. 

Promoted by Fondazione Roche and now in its fifth edition, this call aims to support independent research by funding projects of young scientists under 40 working in public facilities and IRCSS. Another primary objective, as evidence of the commitment announced with the "La Roche che vorrei" program, which aims to ensure maximum transparency in the interaction and collaboration with the medical profession, hospitals and research institutions, is to ensure impartiality and impartiality in the process of evaluation and selection of projects. For this reason Fondazione Roche entrusts this process to the prestigious international partner Springer Nature, a leader in the world of research and scientific education.

Since its launch to date, more than 3 million euros have been allocated to this call for proposals, achieving growing public success: more than 1700 projects have been submitted and 40 have been funded so far. Fondazione Roche has confirmed its commitment for next year, launching the new edition of the Call for Proposals, which will provide total funding of 400,000 euros for 8 research projects. In addition to the areas of interest of the past edition (oncology, oncological haematology, rheumatology, respiratory diseases, hereditary coagulation diseases, neuroscience and an unpublished section on the doctor-patient relationship), there is also the funding of research-oriented projects on the psychological and behavioral impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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