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The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation wins Prize for Scientific Promotion

The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation wins Prize for Scientific Promotion

Awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya

The Government of Catalonia and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) have announced the winners of the National Prizes for Research 2020. The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation was recognized in the Scientific Promotion category for its deep and longstanding commitment to supporting the study, research, communication and debate of bioethics in the world of human health and the life sciences.


The awards also recognized the researchers Bonaventura Clotet, director of the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute and head of the Infectious Disease Service at Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, and Carme Torras, research professor at CSIC and head of the Perception and Manipulation research group at the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics (CSIC-UPC).


Other winners were: Núria Montserrat, ICREA research professor at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (Prize for Emerging Talent), the journal Mètode (Prize for Scientific Communication), B. Braun Surgical SAU (Prize for Public-Private Partnership in R&D), and the Centre for Genome Regulation (Prize for the Creation of a Science-based Company).


The National Prizes for Research promote social understanding of science and the activities of researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs, communicators and bodies creating science-based companies.

ICO course: Introduction to bioethics in multidisciplinary clinical practice (act)

From November 15 to December 23

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From November 15 to December 23

The Grifols Foundation Chair of Bioethics-UVIC and the Catalan Institute for Oncology (ICO) organize the ninth edition of their course on an introduction to bioethics for care professionals.


The aim of the course is to provide participants with tools to identify and analyze ethical dilemmas in their professional practice, and to discuss clinical decision-making from a bioethical perspective. The course will begin with an introduction to the origin and basic concepts of bioethics, before moving on to address issues such as how ethics committees operate, the rights of the patient, the clinical relationship, quality of life in complex decisions, and the allocation of health resources.


The course will be thught by Màrius Morlans (Nephrologist. Member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalona), Francisco Montero (Philosopher and nurse. Member of the Health Care Ethics Committee of the Vall d'Hebrón Hospital) and Sergio Ramos (Philosopher. Bioetics professor of the University of Barcelona).


Online course 15 hours.


From November 15 to December 23



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Winners 2021

And the winners are...

The jury of the Bioethics Prizes and Grants has announced the winners of this year's awards

María del Mar Cabezas of the University of Salamanca for "Autonomía y vulnerabilidad infantil: Retos bioéticos para la salud psicosocial de la infància desde el Enfoque de las Capacidades". (Childhood autonomy and vulnerability: bioethical challenges for psychosocial health in childhood, from a Capacities Perspective).

Team led by Montserrat Puig of the University of Barcelona for "Impacte de la pandemia COVID19 en el sistema emocional la salut i la qualitat de vida de les persones usuàries de les residències per a persones amb discapacitat". (Impact of the COVID19 pandemic on the emotional system, health and quality of life of users of residences for people with disabilities)

Team led by Rosauro Varo of ISGlobal for "Racismo, medicina colonial y salud global: un estudio cualitativo de opinión sobre ética de las decisiones en investigación sanitaria en África". (Racism, colonial medicine and global health: a qualitative study of opinion on the ethics of decisions in health research in Africa)

Jon Rueda and Ivar Allan Rodríguez of the University of Granada for "Gen-Ética Experimental: Las bases cognitivas de las actitudes morales sobre las tecnologías genéticas y genómicas emergentes". (Experimental Gen-Ethics: The cognitive bases of moral attitudes towards energing genetic and genome technologies)

Núria Vallès, of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Júlia Pareto, of the University of Barcelona, for "Controvèrsies ètico-polítiques en la introducció de sistemes d'intel·ligència artificial en salut pública. Un estudi de cas sobre l'estratègia de vacunació contra la COVID-19 a Catalunya". (Ethical-political controversies in the introduction of artificial intelligence systems in public health. A case study of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy in Catalonia)

Team led by Pau Miquel of Fundació per la Recerca Sant Joan de Déu for "Les narratives clíniques de la mort: una oportunitat per al desenvolupament ètic dels professionals?". (Clinical narratives of death: an opportunity for the ethical development of professionals?)

Senior high school prizes
First prize to "Les cookies de la genètica" (Genetics cookies) by Bruna Coll, student at INS Moianès, Moià.

Second prize to "Els ventres de lloguer. La mercantilització del cos de la dona" (Wombs for hire: The commercialization of women's bodies) by Ingrid Jané, student at Escola Ginebró, Llinars del Vallès.

Third prize to "La conflictivitat ètica en els sanitaris d'UCI durant la pandèmia de la COVID-19" (Ethical conflict in ICUs during the COVID-19 pandemic) by Aitana Canto, student at Institut Gabriel Ferrater i Soler, Reus.

Audiovisual prize
Feature film "La nit no fa vigília" (The night does not keep watch) by Laura Corominas, Laura Serra, Clara Serrano, Gerard Simó, Ariadna Ulldemolins and Pau Vall, produced by Massa d'Or.

Special mention for the documentary "Ponto Final" (Full stop) by Miguel López, produced by Ringo Media.

Total submissions were: 38 grants, 146 audiovisual projects, and 11 high school projects. The jury would like to think everyone who submitted a project, and to encourage applicants to take part in future editions of the awards.

Award Ceremony 2021

8 November

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8 November

The Bioethics Awards Ceremony will take place on 8 November. The event includes a lecture by Víctor Montori, specialist in diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, on "The Patient Revolution for careful and kind care".


Víctor Montori has promoted what he terms the patient revolution, in favour of closer, more humanistic behaviour within the care relationship. Caring for patients requires us to recognize their situation and respond with both compassion and skill. Industrialized medicine interferes with this process, transforming doctor and patient into interchangeable parts. As a result, a system that is sometimes capable of caring ends up being cruel to those whose job it is to care for patients.  This is both humanly and economically unsustainable, and it is time for us to act in favour of a care that is careful and kind to all.


The lecture will be followed by the presentation of the awards.


Ateneu Barcelonès

6:30 pm

c/Canuda 6

08002 Barcelona


In-person event. Register here

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