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Researchers Elías Campo and Genoveva Martí, and IRB Barcelona awarded the Narcís Monturiol prizes

The prize-giving ceremony will take place in October at the Palau de la Generalitat.

The prize-giving ceremony will take place in October at the Palau de la Generalitat.

24/07/2012

The Catalan government has conferred the Narcís Monturiol Medal to a total of thirteen Catalan researchers. Among this year’s winners are Elías Campo, professor at the Department of Pathological Anatomy, Pharmacology and Microbiology of the UB and head of the Haematopathology Unit at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, and Genoveva Martí Campillo, ICREA research professor at the Department of Logic, History and the Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the UB. The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), a research institution founded by the Catalan government, the University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Science Park, engaged in basic and applied biomedical science, has also been awarded the Narcís Monturio Plaque, which recognises the task of Catalan institutions that have contributed to scientific and technological progress.

These awards were founded by the Government of Catalonia in 1982 as a means to acknowledge persons and institutions who have contributed greatly to the development of science and technology in Catalonia. The prize-giving ceremony will take place in October, date yet to be determined, at the Palau de la Generalitat.

Elías Campo, professor of Pathological Anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine, is one of the most cited Spanish researchers and has published 500 articles. In the field of medical practice he has been affiliated to the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona since 1986, where he is currently the research director of this Hospital. He is also the head of the Human and Experimental Functional Oncomorphology Research Group at IDIBAPS. Elías Campo is the principal researcher of six current projects, including a study of the chronic lymphocytic leukaemia genome, which was sequenced in 2011. He is currently president elect of the European Hemopathology Association, serves on the Executive Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium, and is member of the International Lymphoma Study Group.

Genoveva Martí Campillo obtained her PhD at Stanford University and is currently ICREA research professor at the Department of Logic, History and the Philosophy of Science with the Faculty of Philosophy of the UB. She is the principal researcher of the Logic, Language and Cognition Research Group (LOGOS) and focuses her research interests on the philosophical relation between various aspects of semantics and cognition, on the relation between words and pieces of the world that makes it possible to talk about it, represent it and convey information.

IRB Barcelona is a research institution engaged in basic and applied biomedical science that aims to improve quality of life by applying advances in this field. It is directed by researcher Joan J. Guinovart, professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the UB, and it was founded in October 2005 by the Catalan government, the UB and the Barcelons Science Park, where it is located. Since its creation, IRB Barcelona has developed frontier research at the interface between biology, chemistry and computational and structural biology, and has achieved high-impact biomedical advances positioning it as an international reference centre.

The other researchers who have been awarded this year’s Narcís Monturiol Medal are Salvador Barberà Sández, Joaquim Bruna Floris, Luisa F. Cabeza, Joaquim Casal Fàbrega, Josep Domingo Ferrer, Dieter Einfeld, Climent Giné Giné, Maria Pau Ginebra, Jordi Isern Vilaboy, Emilio Montesinos Seguí and Núria Sebastián Gallés. The other institutions that have been awarded the Narcís Monturiol Plaque are The Foundation for Oncology Research (FERO) and La Caixa Foundation.

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