Caty Casas Louzao passed away last June 29, after a long battle with the disease.
Caty Casas was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology in the Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology. She was graduated in Biology in 1990, and a PhD in Cell Biology and Pathology in 2001 from the University of Barcelona. Caty Casas joined the UAB in 2004 with a reincorporation contract followed by a Juan de la Cierva contract. During the last 15 years at the UAB she has developed an intense teaching, research and management activity, generating new knowledge and contributing to the training of a new generation of doctors and researchers. Her research had focused on the study of the mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration, with particular emphasis on autophagy and endoplasmic reticulum stress, topics in which she has become an international reference. In recent years she has been the leader of the COST Transautophagy action, which brought together more than 120 European research groups. Her interest in medical application led her to patent a combination of drugs with proven protective and regenerative effect for nerve injuries, NeuroHeal, and to found a technology-based company for its potential clinical use.
Their colleagues from the Neuroplasticity and Regeneration research group, the Medical Physiology Unit, the Department and the Institute of Neurosciences come together to express their deep condolences