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Marta Martínez Vicente

I am senior researcher at the VHIR, I’m a Principal Investigator at the Neurodegenerative Diseases Group and I head the Autophagy and Lysosomal Dysfunction lab.

Institutions of which they are part

Senior researcher
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca
I obtained a degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry by the University of Valencia. From 2004 to 2008, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the laboratory of Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA), focusing on the role of autophagy in neurodegenerative diseases and aging.
I obtained in 2010 a tenure-track position as Miguel Servet I in the Neurodegenerative Diseases Group of the VHIR and since January 2016 I became VHIR Senior Researcher (Miguel Servet II-A).
Currently, the efforts of my team are devoted to study the role of autophagy in neurodegeneration. Alterations in the autophagy process have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease and has been shown to be one of the main causes that contribute to neuronal death in these pathologies. Our efforts are currently directed to: 1) Study the role of the autophagic and lysosomal dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease; 2) Development of new therapies for Parkinson’s disease based in the restoration of lysosomal glucocerebrosidase (GBA) activity; 4) Unravel the link between Parkinson and lysosomal storage diseases, 4) Characterize the defective lysosomal-mediated turnover of mitochondria and aggregates in Huntington’s disease and its contribution to neurodegeneration.
I’ve been able to turn my group into a reference group in the study of autophagy in neurodegeneration and aging. This position is endorsed by our publications, projects, dissemination activities and participation in scientific organizations. Bibliographic parameters: h-index: 31. Citations: >12.000, Publications: 49 scientific articles and mean impact factor/publication in the last 6 years = 10.6. I’ve been PI of several research projects funded by public agencies like ISCIII and MINECO as well as private entities as the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Silverstein foundation and the BBVA Foundation, in addition I have also been PI in several collaboration agreements with private biotech companies.
I’m member of the Network Center for Biomedical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED), member and part of the management committee (board member) of the Spanish Autophagy Network (SEAFAGIA), member and part of the management committee of the European COST TRANSAUTOPHGAY network, member and part of the Scientific Advice Committee of the Women in Autophagy (WIA), member of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBEM), and member of the Association of Women Researcher and Technologists (AMIT). As member of theses scientific societies I participated in the organization of national and international scientific conferences and I am member of the Editorial Board of Cells (ISSN 2073-440). I am in possession of the accreditation of Associate Professor/Researcher by the Agència per a Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU).

Research lines

Pathogenic role of autophagic/lysosomal dysfunction in Parkinson's disease

123 Autophagy is the degradation of intracellular components inside the lysosomes and it is essential for the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and neuronal viability. Alterations in the autophagy process have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease and has been shown to be one of the main causes that contribute to neuronal death in these pathologies. Our efforts are currently directed to: - Development of new therapies for Parkinson’s disease based in the restoration of lysosomal glucocerebrosidase (GBA) activity. - Development of new autophagy pharmacological modulators (mTOR-independent) as a therapeutic strategy in neurodegenerative diseases.

IP: Marta Martínez Vicente, Miquel Vila Bover

Mitophagy impairment in Huntington's disease

123 Defective lysosomal-mediated turnover of mitochondria may play a pathogenic role in Huntington’s disease neurodegeneration.

IP: Marta Martínez Vicente

Role of autophagy in neurodegeneration

123 The main focus of our research is to study the role of autophagy in neurodegeneration. Autophagy is the degradation of intracellular components inside the lysosomes and it is essential for the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and neuronal viability. Alterations in the autophagy process have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease,  and has been shown to be one of the main causes that contribute to neuronal death in these pathologies.   Our efforts are currently directed to: - Study the pathogenic role of autophagic/lysosomal dysfunction in Parkinson's disease - Development of new therapies for Parkinson’s disease based in the restoration of lysosomal glucocerebrosidase (GBA) activity through nanoencapsulation. - Development of new autophagy pharmacological modulators (mTOR-independent) as a therapeutic strategy in neurodegenerative diseases. - Study  selective autophagy in Huntington’s disease: charaterization of mitophagy impairment in Huntington’s disease.

IP: Marta Martínez Vicente

Projects

New nanotechnological therapy for Parkinson's disease: nose-to-brain delivery of GBA-polymer nanoconjugates (NANOGBAtoBRAIN)

IP: Marta Martínez Vicente
Collaborators: -
Funding agency: Fundació "La Caixa"
Funding: 249950
Reference: HR22-00602
Duration: -

The Vall d’Hebron Iniciative for Parkinson associated to GBA (VHIP-GBA): from biospecimen collection to translational studies and therapies.

IP: Marta Martínez Vicente
Collaborators: José Antonio Arranz Amo, Jorge Hernández Vara, Eddie Pradas Gracia, Guillem Pintos Morell, Clara Carnicer Cáceres, Carles Lorenzo Bosquet, David Moreno Martinez, Jordi Riera Heredia, Marta Montpeyó Garcia-Moreno, Daniela Samaniego Toro
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 245932.5
Reference: PI20/00728
Duration: 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

ADQUISICIÓN DE UN MICROSCOPIO MULTIDIMENSIONAL WIDEFIELD EQUIPADO PARA REALIZAR EXPERIMENTOS IN VIVO, DESTINADO A LA PLATAFORMA DE MICROSCOPÍA DE LA UNIDAD DE ALTA TECNOLOGÍA (UAT)

IP: Inmaculada Fuentes Camps
Collaborators: Maria Vicario Perez, Soledad Gallego Melcón, Fco Javier Santos Vicente, Diego Arango Corro, Gema Ariceta Iraola, Santiago Ramon y Cajal Agüeras, Marta Martínez Vicente, Anna Meseguer Navarro, Manuel Comabella Lopez, Ricardo Pujol Borrell, Joan Sahuquillo Barris, Joan Xavier Comella Carnicé, Miguel Segura Ginard, Simon Schwartz Navarro, Anna Rosell Novel, Meritxell Genesca Ferrer
Funding agency: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación-MICINN
Funding: 177204.2
Reference: EQC2019-006309-P
Duration: 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

Ministerio de Ciencia

Desarrollo de una nueva terapia de reemplazo enzimático basada en nanotecnología para la enfermedad de Parkinson: restablecimiento de la actividad glucocerebrosidasa lisosomal mediante nanoconjugación enzima-polímero de GBA (NANO-ERT).

IP: Marta Martínez Vicente
Collaborators: -
Funding agency: Fundación Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Funding: 124872
Reference: BBVA/INVESTIGACIO/MARTINEZ
Duration: 01/05/2020 - 30/04/2023

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