Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (CMN)

Teresa Gasull Dalmau

Octavi Martí-Sistac

Fifteen million people around the world suffer a stroke every year and less that 15% will ever be able to return back to normal life. Our goal is to generate scientific knowledge of the pathophysiology of neurovascular disorders and stroke; cerebral iron dysregulation in the ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke; and multimodal imaging of the pathophysiological hallmarks of the ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke. This knowledge will enable the development of healthcare innovations in the fields of therapy, stratification/classification/predictive biomarkers, and machine/deep learning neurobehavioral assessment. These innovations are tested in proofs of concept in vitro/in silico or in in vivo preclinical models of stroke.

The CMN Research Group promotes an ecosystem of interdisciplinary collaborations to generate new ideas addressed to protecting the brain against stroke. These products of a CMN-developed first-in-class new generation of therapeutic approaches for stroke patients are under development to reduce mortality and provide a better quality of life for survivors.


See the group’s publications here

Members of the Group

Teresa Gasull(ELIMINAR), Group Leader
Octavi Martí-Sistac(ELIMINAR), Co-Leader, Full Senior Lecturer of Physiology (UAB)
Núria deGregorio-Rocasolano(ELIMINAR), Senior Researcher
Marc Melià, PhD Student
Alexia García(ELIMINAR), PhD Student

Jesús Ordoño, Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist (Kintsugi Therapeutics)
Karla Odendaal (Cardiff University), Visiting Erasmus Student
Armand Estévez (UPC), Visiting Student
Núria Mercadé (UPC), Visiting Student

Research lines

1. Novel glutamate-related targets for neuroprotection

The study of the mechanisms driving excitotoxic neuronal death through NMDA-glutamate receptor signalling to find and test targets for neuroprotection.

2. Ferroptosis in neuronal death and antiferroptotic neuroprotective compounds

To understand ferroptosis in neuronal death in stroke and other brain diseases: finding new targets of intervention and new treatments.

3. Experimental modeling of stroke in rodents and swine

Models of ischemic and hemorragic stroke damage in rats, mice and in gyrencephalic, human-like, swine's brain, with a special focus on damage of the white matter and brain areas connectivity.

4. Discovery of new biomarkers to improve stroke treatment

Discovery of new biochemical and bioimaging biomarkers useful to address point of care stroke type identification, stroke patient stratification, patient selection for treatment allocation and/or outcome prediction.

5. Computational biology: machine/deep learning assessment of behaviour in in vivo stroke models

Development of in silico machine/deep learning methods for the neurological analysis of behaviour in stroke models, with predictive value of brain damage and outcome.


Innovative BIomarkers to DIagnose Ischemic stroke: the bet on miRNAs in extracellular vesicles in humanized swine models (IBIDI-Stroke)

PI: Teresa Gasull Dalmau
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII)
Agency code: PI21/0192
Start date: 01/01/2022
End date: 01/01/2025

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Apotransferrin to treat acute stroke as a novel neuroprotector strategy /Apotransferrina com a nou tractament per a l'Ictus agut

PI: Teresa Gasull Dalmau
Funding agency: Agencia de Gestio d'ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca AGAUR
Agency code: 2019PROD00120
Start date: 22/07/2020
End date: 22/01/2022

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Development of an humanized model of ischemic stroke through endovascular access in the pig for the dynamic study of infarct and cerebral reperfusion

PI: Antoni Dávalos/Teresa Gasull
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII)
Agency code: PI18/01813 
Start date: 01/01/2019
End date: 31/12/2021

Redes de Investigación Cooperativa en Ictus RETICS INVICTUS +

PI: Antoni Dávalos
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII)
Agency code: RD16/0019/0020
Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2021

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- Research

An interactomic study identifies a protein as a possible new therapeutic target to prevent neurodegeneration after stroke

A group of researchers led from the Germans Trias i Pujol Institute have conducted an in-depth in-vitro study into the DAPK1 interactome during stroke conditions. They have identified the proteins in the DAPK1 interactome and singled out LRRFIP1 as a possible therapeutic target for neuroprotection after stroke. The study is published in Antioxidants.

- Institutional, Research

A new paper shows how the CMCiB will shine a new light on neurobiology

A review paper with first author Marc Melià-Sorolla of the Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Research Group and published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences highlights a porcine model as the most suitable for stroke research in the future. The CMCiB-IGTP is equipped to carry out this type of research and the group led by Teresa Gasull are already showing the potential of the non-invasive bioimaging technology.

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Teresa Gasull Dalmau, Group Leader

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