Experts from a wide range of fields took part in a workshop organized with the Probitas Foundation to discuss how the crisis of recent years has affected the mental health of children and young people. This monograph includes the papers. Only available in Spanish.

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Bioethics awards and grants

The jury of the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation Bioethics Prizes and Grants has announced the winners of this year's awards.


Júlia Martin of the University of Barcelona for: "Horizons Project. Methodological proposal for gamification of hospital pedagogy, based on narrative bioethics and model of humanizing care for hospitalized minors."


To the team led by Beatriz Campillo of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau for: "Constructing and determining psychometric properties of a questionnaire to evaluate perception of respect and maintenance of dignity in hospitalized patients."


Hugo Viciana of Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC) for: "Modes of disagreement in Bioethics: the public and the experts."


Sabel Gabaldón of the University of Barcelona for: "Transsexuality in children and adolescents. Ethical aspects of classification and treatment."


Ion Arrieta of University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea for: "Psoriasis and executive autonomy: a proposal for improved patient compliance with psoriasis treatment."

To the team led by Christian Villavicencio of Caredoctors for: "Planning Advance Decisions (PAD) and communication in patients with chronic, complex illness and chronic, advanced illness."




First prize to "Ethical dilemmas of a long life" by Joana Krausse, student at Instituto Premià de Mar.


Second prize to "Bioethics and care homes for the elderly" by Sara Clota, student at Instituto Canigó de Almacelles.


Third prize for "Born out of necessity: bioethics of the medicine baby" by Wiam Koubissdel, student at Instituto Vinyes Velles de Montornès del Vallès.


Prize for the documentary "Només era un gos" (Just a dog) by Irene Domènech and Haydée Vila, produced by Mc Guffin Estudio Audiovisual.

Míriam Condeminas and Jordi Jumilla take part in the London International Youth Science Forum

The prize received at the BIYSC allowed them to attend the London meeting

Míriam Condeminas and Jordi Jumilla were recognized by the Fundació Víctor Grifols i Lucas and Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera at the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge 2016.


Míriam Condeminas won her prize for a study coordinated by the Institute of Biomedical Research (IRB), entitled "Insulin and diabetes: how science saves lives", a project that reviews scientific progress in the fight against diabetes and looks at how new treatments have improved the quality of life of people with this disease. Jordi Jumilla's winning entry, "Development of a robotic hand to enhance deaf people's communication", was coordinated by La Salle Campus Barcelona. It explores the possibility of designing a robotic hand capable of reproducing sign language and of translating messages in other languages into sign language.


The prize enabled both students to take part in the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) programme, held in London from 26 July to 9 August. They had the chance to attend scientific lectures, visit leading R&D centres, present their own work, and also to indulge in some tourism. For Míriam, highlights of her time in London included the opportunities for personal and professional enrichment. She also recalled visits to research centres in the United Kingdom, and presenting her work in public, which exposed her to different points of view and gave her the chance to benefit from the insights of others.


For Jordi, particular high points included a lecture at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), and a visit to Oxford University. Both students agreed that one of the most important aspects of their time in London was the opportunity to make friends with students from across the world, drawn from a wide range of cultures.

Jordi Jumilla is currently completing a double honours degree at UPC in Mathematics and Physical Engineering, and although he has not yet decided what he wants to do after he graduates, he is certainly drawn to the field of scientific research. Míriam Condeminas is about to start the second half of her Chemistry degree at the University of Barcelona, and is very clear that she wants to pursue a career in research.

Article in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Chair of Bioethics publishes study of informed consent.

The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has published a research study by the Grífols Foundation Chair of Bioethics at the University of Vic. The article includes the key findings of a study into the need to obtain informed consent in writing from participants in pragmatic, low-risk clinical trials.


The research has been published online with open access. Read the article here.


The study has also been published at BMC Medical Research and European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Bioethics grants and prizes

There have been a total of 26 submissions for the senior high school prize, 42 audiovisual projects, and 42 applications for research grants.

The jury will assess all of the projects over the summer, and the winners will be announced during the first fortnight of October. Please also note that submissions are still open for the Ethics and Science Award for Teaching Centers. The final date for the submission of entries is 30 October. 

Cinema and Bioethics: Season of Films at the Ateneu

Three screenings: 24 May, 7 June, 21 June.


Organized in partnership with the Philosophy Section of the Ateneu Barcelonès. There will be a public debate after each screening.


24 May at 18:00: AMAR LA VIDA (WIT)

Chairperson: Marc Antoni Broggi, Surgeon and President of the Catalan Society for Bioethics.

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7 June at 18:00: GATTACA

Chairperson: Miquel-Àngel Serra, Ph.D. in Biology and research manager at the Neuropharmacology Laboratory, Pompeu Fabra University.

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Chairperson: Núria Terribas, Director of the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation

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Free screenings.

Ateneu Barcelonès
C/ Canuda 6
08002. Barcelona

Iatrogenesis – the adverse effects caused by medical treatment – is often associated with professional errors or negligence. Paradoxically, one of the reasons for its increase is the rise of ‘defensive medicine', designed not to promote the well-being of patients but to protect medical professionals against possible claims. A number of professionals discuss this issue from a medical, legal and philosophical perspective.

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Jordi Jumilla and Míriam Condeminas: winners of the BIYSC

The Foundation sponsored one of the prizes at the BIYSC summer school

Fundación Catalunya La Pedrera and the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation have announced the winners of the first edition of BIYSC, the science summer school held in Barcelona in July 2016 and attended by more than 60 students from across the globe.


This year's winners were:

  • Jordi Jumilla, for the project "Development of a robotic hand to enhance deaf people's communication"
  • Míriam Condeminas, for the project "Insulin and diabetes: how science saves lives"

The prize consists of registration for the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), a scientific gathering that brings together students from across the world, where our winners will have the chance to present their projects.


The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge is an initiative promoted by Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera to give young people from different countries the opportunity of developing scientific projects at Catalonia's leading research centres. The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation supports it by hosting a session on bioethics, awarding grants, and sponsoring one of the prizes. This year's challenge will take place from 10 to 21 July 2017.

Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation rated highly for transparency

The Foundation ranks fifth in an evaluation of the leading Spanish foundations

The report "Construir Confianza 2016" (building trust), compiled by Fundación Compromiso y Transparencia, puts the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation in fifth place in its ranking of the most transparent organizations in the family foundation category. This report evaluates the transparency and governance of Spanish foundations, based on the information published on their websites.

The foundation's position has improved over the last year following the inclusion of a section to evaluate the social, media and economic impact of its activities. However, it is not included in the top rankings because it does not publish an auditor's report, which this study deems essential, although none of the circumstances specified by the legislation in this area would require the foundation to produce audited accounts.

Videos of the Ethics and Science Prizes

Students and teachers explain their projects

The winners of the third edition of the Ethics and Science Prizes explain the projects they have implemented in their schools. 

  "Bioethics in the classroom"
 IES Elisa y Luis Villamil (Vegadeo), IES Galileo Galilei (Navia) and IES Marqués de Casariego (Tapia de Casariego). First Prize.

 "Ethical implications of artificial intelligence"
IES Rosalía de Castro (Santiago de Compostela). Second Prize.

 "Earth and humanity: hand in hand"
 Antoni Gaudí (Sant Boi de Llobregat). Third Prize.

The Fundació Infermeria i Societat has presented Montse Busquets with its "Close to You" Award

She is member of the Board of Trustees the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation


Montse Busquets, a nurse and lecturer in Ethics at the School of Nursing of the University of Barcelona, is also a member of the Board of the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation. She has been involved with nurse education since 1983. She was senior editor of the journal "Enfermería Clínica" (published by Doyma) from 1991 to 2003. She is currently a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the College of Nurses of Barcelona and is a member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia, where she represents the Council of Colleges of Nurses of Catalonia.


This is the highest prize awarded by the Fundació Infermeria i Societat, and recognizes both individuals and institutions, nationally and internationally, whose work makes the development of the nursing profession possible, and who have made a decisive contribution to raising the profession's profile in the wider society.







Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation: new member of the BIB association

The Foundation will participate in the working group on Ethics, Safety and Regulation

The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation has joined the Bioinformatics Association of Barcelona (BIB), a nonprofit body that brings together more than 45 institutions, universities, companies and research centres engaged in bioinformatics.


The close links between the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation and Bioinformatics Barcelona Association (BIB) will promote educational initiatives and the discussion and analysis of ethical issues relating to bioinformatics, a discipline that involves the management of personal data that often has implications for the health of individuals concerned, both now and in the future. As a result, it is essential that such data is used responsibly, reconciling care and research needs with safety considerations and respect for privacy.


These issues therefore need to be integrated into training, education and research processes. The BIB's working group on Ethics, Safety and Regulation, of which the Foundation is a member, is part of a wider effort towards achieving this goal.


Three schools in Asturias take first place in the Ethics and Science prizes

 Second prize went to a school in Santiago de Compostela, and third prize was won by a primary school in Sant Boi de Llobregat

Sixteen educational projects were submitted for this year's awards, which for the first time were open to schools throughout Spain.


First prize went to the educational project, "Bioethics in the classroom", a joint initiative of three high schools in the Asturias region of northern Spain: IES Elisa y Luis Villamil (Vegadeo), IES Galileo Galilei (Navia) and IES Marqués de Casariego (Tapia de Casariego). The project aimed to address the lack of participation by young people in social discussions and decision-making, the lack of debate around essential bioethical issues, and the lack of knowledge about the services that Clinical Ethics Committees can provide. The Ethics Committee of Área Sanitaria I from Asturias coordinated the project.


Second prize was won by IES Rosalía de Castro (Santiago de Compostela) for the project "Ethical implications of artificial intelligence", by 4th year high school students. The project consists of a series of activities which give participants the opportunity to discover the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics, to analyze their influence in today's society, and to debate the ethical implications of these changes.


Finally, third prize went to Escuela Antoni Gaudí (Sant Boi de Llobregat) for the project "Earth and humanity: hand in hand", by primary school students in years 3 to 6. This project focused on sustainability and ethics, starting from the idea that we cannot satisfy our needs without also considering the needs of others, and those of the generations to come.


Special mention

This year, in recognition of the high quality of submissions, the jury of the 3rd Ethics and Science Awards of the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation also made special mention of three projects: Colegio La Salle (Bilbao) for the project "Awareness, drugs and medicines: understand, learn, act"; Escuela Garbí Pere Vergés (Esplugues del Llobregat) for "How can we introduce bioethics into schools?"; and IES Isidra de Guzmán (Alcalá de Henares) for "Take action! The responsibility is yours".


Lectures of James Bernat now available

Presentation can also be dowloaded.

Videos of James Bernat Lectures about brain death and disorders of consciousness now available.


Brain Death
Disorders of Consciousness


Presentations can also be dowloaded.


Events organized by other institutions