Supporters and Grants
Manuela Martinez Foundation for Children with Metabolic Diseases has just been officially registered at the “Ministerio de trabajo y Asuntos Sociales” (Ministry of Work and Social Affairs), which constitutes the “Protectorado” of the Foundation. Our supporter in Barcelona is the “Institut Català de la Salut” (ICS, Catalan Institute of Health), directed by Dr. Alicia Granados, to whom we are greatly indebted for her constant help. This institution and the “Servei Català de la Salut” (Catalan Service of Health) will provide regular funding for the maintenance of our Foundation. We will be in close contact with the “Vall d’Hebron” Hospital for anything related to the care and study of our patients.
At present, we are contacting other organizations, institutions and persons to obtain support. At this moment, we need funding for the initiation of our project. The ICS and the Vall d’Hebron Hospital have generously donated all the technical equipment in Dra. Martinez’s laboratory (gas chromatographs, mass spectometer, etc). This has been a great help but we need much funding to start our medical center and have it running. The expenses for the installations are quite high as are those to get personnel working there. Once the center is running and the laboratory totally installed, with a small team ready to work, we will apply for grants. These will be for research on peroxisomal (and other lipid) disorders and their treatment.