Nuria Coll-Bonfill, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gonzalo Lab, was the scientific consultant for a book on progeria entitled “A Girl in Twenty Million,” which was written by her husband, Quim Miro.
Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome, also known as Progeria, is a very rare premature aging disease in which patients die from cardiovascular complications in their teenage years.The Gonzalo Lab studies laminopathies such as progeria. Looking for a new way to communicate and increase knowledge about this disease, Nuria and Quim created an illustrated story to explain the disease and a day in the life of a person with the disease. The main character, Alexandra, is the first girl diagnosed with progeria in their home country.
The book has been published in Catalan, Spanish, and English. All proceeds from the book sale go towards research of the disease.
The pair hosted a book signing event at the DRC on June 17. They also presented Enrico Di Cera, M.D., Chair of the department, with a signed copy of the book to thank him for his support of the lab and their research.