Càtedra de Bioètica Fundació Grífols

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2019

The report includes activities, awards and publications for 2018, together with key organizational information.

The mystery of the human brain

Course from 25 January to 15 February

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Course from 25 January to 15 February

We are all curious about the human brain and how it works, despite the fact that trying to fathom the workings of our own brains can at times seem impossible. Although we have powerful intuitions about the nature of consciousness, we have not yet reached a precise definition of what we are talking about when we use this term. And this lack of definition is, arguably, the main obstacle to the study of the mind.


Another question that always crops up is whether it is possible to improve the brain – and if that would be desirable. Transhumanism advocates the moral duty of improving the physical and cognitive capacities of the human species. It seeks to apply, in humans, new technologies that would make it possible to eliminate unwanted aspects of the human condition: suffering, illness, ageing...


This course, organized with La Central bookshop, will address these topics from a bioethical perspective, seeking to weigh the risks and benefits of these challenges, and to take decisions both at the individual and social level.



Bernabé Robles, neurologist, Head of Neurology Service, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, and member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia.

Miquel Àngel Serra, Ph.D. in Biology from UAB, currently works at the European Commission Joint Research Centre.


Monday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
25 January. Mind and brain. Can we define consciousness? Bernabé Robles
1 February. Challenges of neurology for the 21st century. Bernabé Robles
8 February. Transhumanism: transforming humans towards the post-human? Miquel Àngel Serra
15 February.  Human improvement: the scientific and bioethical panorama of emerging technologies. Miquel Àngel Serra




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Vídeos of public health and COVID webinars

Vídeos of public health and COVID webinars

Videos of the webinars held November 30 and December 2 and 3, now available.

  1. Citizen participation and COVID
  2. Paternalism versus freedom
  3. Transparency and communication

Webinars organized in the partnership between the Spanish Society for Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS) and Grifols Foundation Chair of Bioethics UVic-UCC.

Cities that care, including at the end of life

Meet the winners!

Meet the winners!

The jury has announced the winners of the 2020 Bioethics Awards.


Belén Jiménez, of the Open University of Catalonia, and Ignacio Brescó, of Aalborg University, for "Can artificial intelligence help us prepare for death? Ethical questions regarding chatbots for grief and the end of life."


The team led by Laura Martínez of Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation for "The ethics of biomedical research in the context of COVID-19. (Evaluative quality of CEIm)."


The team led by Anna Falcó and Loris Bonetti, with researchers from the University of Barcelona, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland and the Universitá degli Studi, Milan, for "Influence of the health crisis as a result of COVID-19 in ethical conflicts of intensive care professionals in Catalonia and Lombardy. (Quali – ETIC – COVID-19 Research)."


Rebeca Pardo of the International University of Catalonia and Montse Morcate of the University of Barcelona for "The ethics of images of illness, death and grieving in times of COVID-19."


The team led by Josefina Goberna of the University of Barcelona for "Giving birth in times of the COVID-19 pandemic: Ethical implications of maternity care."


The team led by Andrea Rodríguez-Prat of the International University of Catalonia for "Death in solitude from the perspective of COVID-19 survivors. A phenomenological study."


To the research team of Joaquín Hortal (Clinical Ethics Committee Granada North-east), Maite Cruz (Andalusian School of Public Health) and Javier Padilla ( Guadix High Resolution Hospital) for "Una de cal y otra de arena: citizen suspicion of COVID-19 vaccination and rejection of the flu vaccine among health professionals."


Jordi Muñoz of the University of Barcelona for "Health, democracy and freedom. The ethical and political dilemmas of the pandemic."



Documentary "Ole mi coño, fighting back against cyber blackmail" by Patricia Franquesa, produced by Gadea Films and Ringo Media.


Special mention for the documentary Segundina Flores by Clara Camprubí, produced by Looky Produccions.



First prize for Genome editing by Carlos Barata, student at  La Salle, Girona.


Second prize for Female genital mutilation by Noa Calvo, student at l'Institut Dertosa, Tortosa.


Third prize for The diseases of poverty. Beyond a health problem by Bet Corominas, student at Escola Pia, Mataró.


Total submissions were: 48 grants, 134 audiovisual projects, and 15 high school projects