Dr. Gracia-Sancho receives a grant from the Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program

Dr. Jordi Gracia-Sancho has obtained a grant from the Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program. The program provides financial support to the institutions of 3 young researchers to develop a two-year research project in the field of liver disease. Each award is funded up to USD130,000. Dr. Gracia-Sancho officially received the grant on April 15th in the framework of European Hepatology Congress, organized by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).

Dr. Gracia-Sancho will develop a project entitled "Capillarization of the liver sinusoidal endothelium: Orchestration by miRNAs" with the objective of describing the evolution of one of the most relevant cell types in the liver, throughout the progression of cirrhosis and aging. In collaboration with national and international research groups, the team of Dr. Gracia-Sancho will characterize the phenotype of the liver sinusoidal endothelial human cell, the key for the microcirculation in this organ, in normal, chronic liver disease and aging conditions. In addition, there will be developed new therapeutic strategies to prevent or improve liver endothelial dysfunction observed in the aforementioned diseases.