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The fifth edition of the "CantEM" concert for Multiple Sclerosis research at IDIBGI has arrived

3 October 2023
  • The Aula Magna of the University of Girona will host the solidarity concert on Friday, October 6, with the participation of four choirs from the Girona region.
  • The proceeds will go to the research group in Neurodegeneration and Neuroinflammation of IDIBGI, led by Dr. Lluís Ramió i Torrentà, head of the Neurology Service of the Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona and Santa Caterina Hospital in Salt.
  • Tickets can be purchased at this link or the same day at the box office.

The concert "CantEM for Multiple Sclerosis" reaches its fifth edition with a lineup of four Girona choirs. An initiative that wants to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and raise funds for research being carried out at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Girona. Josep Trueta (IDIBGI). The concert will take place this Friday, October 6 and will be held at the Aula Magna of the University of Girona (UdG), which, once again this year, has provided the space for the occasion.

The research group in Neurodegeneration and Neuroinflammation of IDIBGI is a reference in the field of multiple sclerosis and works in a multidisciplinary way to increase the knowledge of this disease and find new ways to address it. The other important objective is to be able to respond to the needs of people with multiple sclerosis and their families.

"It is important to carry out activities aimed at society and the general public to publicize the disease and raise awareness of it, and what better way to do it in a pleasant and beautiful environment as is doing a solidarity concert," says Dr. Lluís Ramió i Torrentà, head of the research group. Dr. Ramió is also head of the Neurology Service of the Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona and Santa Caterina Hospital in Salt, and associate professor and coordinator of studies of the Degree in Medicine at the UdG.

A long way to go

There is currently no cure for Multiple Sclerosis and neither are its causes known. It is a chronic neurological disease that affects the central nervous system and its symptoms vary depending on the affected area and the person affected, which also evolves differently. Although it affects the day-to-day life of those who suffer from it, the progress of research in recent decades has led to increasingly effective treatments, which allow people suffering from this disease to be relieved and alleviated. Dr. Ramió emphasizes the importance of research, since "it is the basis for generating new knowledge. Without research we do not advance. Without research we cannot improve the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis".

The initiative to organize a concert of this caliber passes through the hands of Dr. Ramió and Begonya Matesanz, a person with multiple sclerosis, who emphasizes that it is "a solidarity concert, where all together, public, choirs and doctors, sing LluitEm with the same goal: the search for Multiple Sclerosis". In addition, he wanted to emphasize that it is already "5 years of CantEm". An edition in which there will be some surprises".

Fifth edition with novelties

This year, the evening will begin with a duo of female voices by soprano Tina Gorina, mezzo-soprano Gina Reyner and piano accompaniment by Claudio Suzin. This year's concert will feature four choirs from the counties of Girona: the Coral Cypsella de Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the Choir of the Monastery of Porta Ferrada, also from Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the Coral Vous del Estany de Banyoles and the Santa Cecilia choir from Santa Cristina de Aro, who will be in charge of livening up the evening.


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