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Ariadna Laguna Tuset

I am a neuroscientist with extensive experience in the molecular mechanisms underlying both neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases of the nervous system. My current research is aimed at identifying new therapeutic targets and biomarkers to improve the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Institutions of which they are part

Main researcher
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca

Ariadna Laguna Tuset

Institutions of which they are part

Main researcher
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca

I am a neuroscientist with extensive experience in the molecular mechanisms underlying both neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases of the nervous system. My current research is aimed at identifying new therapeutic targets and biomarkers to improve the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease.

I received my Biology degree, Health and Life Sciences specialization, in 2003 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). I got my Ph.D. in 2008 in the laboratory of Dr. Mariona Arbonés at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG, Barcelona, Spain). My Ph.D. was devoted to study the molecular basis of Down Syndrome neurological alterations. In 2009, I joined the group of Professor Thomas Perlmann at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research – Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) as a post-doctoral Marie Curie researcher to work on the transcriptional regulation of dopamine neurons during development and in pathological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

In 2014, I moved back to Barcelona and joined the Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Group at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) as a Beatriu de Pinós post-doctoral researcher funded by AGAUR-FP7 Marie Curie Actions. Afterwards, I received a Young Investigator contract from the Spanish government (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)) and a Junior Leader fellowship from the La Caixa Foundation to establish my own research lines within the group. In addition, I am an associate researcher at the Neuroscience Institute of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Scientific Ambassador of the World Parkinson Coalition.

The research from my team is devoted to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of inter-organ communication in Parkinson’s disease and how this contributes to the pathophysiology and symptoms of this neurodegenerative disorder. Our research contributes to: (i) identify biomarkers for early detection, disease progression or response to treatment, (ii) identify new molecular targets and develop novel therapeutic strategies with disease-modifying potential, (iii) unravel molecular pathways common to other neurodegenerative or metabolic diseases. Researcher ID: F-9561-2016; Orcid: 0000-0002-9732-6677.

Research lines

Identification of biomarkers of prodromal Parkinson's disease

Despite intensive efforts towards understanding the aetiology/pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and the development of novel therapeutic approaches for this neurodegenerative condition, the current treatment for PD remains symptomatic and yet far from modifying disease onset or progression. Before the manifestation of the classical motor symptoms, PD patients present with non-motor symptoms in a prodromal phase. The identification of deregulated molecular pathways or genes in peripheral blood and/or cerebrospinal fluid from these prodromal patients may help develop potential biomarkers for the early detection, diagnosis, risk assessment and/or progression of PD, which are currently lacking, as well as to stratify patients at very early stages to apply more specific, personalized disease-modifying treatments.

IP: Miquel Vila Bover, Ariadna Laguna Tuset

Projects

The brain-body axis in Parkinson's disease for biomarker and therapeutic development (BRAIN-BODY-PD)

IP: Ariadna Laguna Tuset
Collaborators: -
Funding agency: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación-MICINN
Funding: 199998.14
Reference: CNS2023-145555
Duration: 01/04/2024 - 31/03/2026

Ministerio de Ciencia

The Gut-Brain axis in Parkinson's disease: novel pathogenic mechanisms and new possibilities for biomarkers and therapeutic approaches

IP: Ariadna Laguna Tuset
Collaborators: Laia Perez Lasarte
Funding agency: Agència Gestió Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Funding: 74452.89
Reference: 2024 FI-1 00557
Duration: 01/05/2024 - 30/04/2025

El eje cerebro-cuerpo en la enfermedad de Parkinson: de la fisiopatología a los biomarcadores y enfoques terapéuticos.

IP: Ariadna Laguna Tuset
Collaborators: Miriam Izquierdo Sans, Laia Perez Lasarte
Funding agency: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación-MICINN
Funding: 236350
Reference: RYC2021-032947-I
Duration: 01/01/2023 - 31/12/2027

Ministerio de Ciencia

Malalties neurodegeneratives

IP: Miquel Vila Bover
Collaborators: Jorge Hernández Vara, Joan Compte Barrón, Marta Martínez Vicente, Jordi Bove Badell, Eddie Pradas Gracia, Maria Camprodon Gomez, Camille Guillard Sirieix, Marina Lorente Picón, Laura Castillo Ribelles, Oriol de Fabregues-Boixar Nebot, Javier Hoyo Pérez, Ariadna Laguna Tuset, Thais Cuadros Arasa, Jordi Riera Heredia, David Ramos Vicente, Marta Montpeyó Garcia-Moreno, Helena Xicoy Cortada, Alba Nicolau Vera, Marta González Sepúlveda, Joana Margalida Cladera Sastre, Annabelle Parent, Daniela Samaniego Toro, Daniela Samaniego Toro
Funding agency: Agència Gestió Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Funding: 40000
Reference: 2021 SGR 00784
Duration: 01/01/2022 - 30/06/2025

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This initiative is part of a pioneering study that seeks to assess how the relationship between different age groups can influence the quality of life and mental health of patients.

Dr. Miquel Vila, head of the Neurodegenerative Diseases research group at VHIR, is the co-chair of the local organising committee. And Dr. Ariadna Laguna, principal investigator of the same group, is a scientific ambassador.

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