Annual Report 2018

The Foundation has published its Annual Report, a document which summarizes its efforts to promote bioethics during the past year.

In the report you will find details of the activities conducted last year, the prizes awarded and the publications issued, plus all of the relevant corporate information. 



Awards and grants

Until 31 May. Deadline for applying for prizes and grants

Submission is now closed!

You have until 31 May to submit your projects. You can register online and submit projects via our website.


Secondary high school prizes

Audiovisual awards


Registration for Ethics and science prize will be open until November 30.

Marian Barnes, sociologist and social policy expert, approaches the ethics of care from a perspective that transcends illness and economic hegemony. This publication includes two lectures give at the seminar on Ethics and the values of care, organized by the Official College of Nurses of Barcelona, in partnership with the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation.


Only edited in Spanish.


‘Maternity on stand-by'

The Foundation has taken part in a documentary about maternity, produced by Catalan channel TV3

The Foundation has taken part in a documentary about maternity, produced by Catalan channel TV3
The programme includes contributions from Victoria Camps, president of the Foundation, and also incorporates images and conclusions from the workshop, Thinking About Maternity, held in November.

The documentary, screened as part of TV3's Sense Ficció strand, explains that, at almost 31 years, the maternal age in Catalonia is one of the highest in the world. At the same time, Catalonia has one of the lowest fertility rates in Europe: just 1.3 births per woman, compared to a replacement rate of 2.1.


These trends have become more pronounced over recent decades, and are joined by a third statistic: for the first time since records began, one in four Catalan women will have no children. Sometimes this is out of choice, but often it is because they are unable to, even with assisted reproduction.


'Maternitat en stand-by'

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 2018" (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 is in the fifth position. 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.

Maria Blasco

New member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Maria Blasco will bring her scientific experience to bear on the study and promotion of bioethics.


Maria Blasco has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the "Severo Ochoa" Centre for Molecular Biology, and is a specialist in telomeres and telomerase. In 1993 she moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, where she joined the laboratory led by Carol W. Greider. She returned to Spain in 1997 to set up her own research group at the National Biotechnology Centre (CSIC; Madrid). In 2003 she moved to the National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO, Madrid) as Director of the Molecular oncology Service and and Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group. In 2005 she was appointed Assistant Director of Basic Research at CNIO, and in June 2011 she was named Director of the CNIO.
For more than 20 years, Blasco's work has focused on demonstrating the importance of telomeres and telomerase in cancer and in diseases related to ageing. Blasco received the Award for Scientific Merit from the Regional Government of Valencia in In October 2017, and has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates: from Carlos III University, Madrid, from the University of Alicante and, most recently, from the University of Murcia.

Partnership with the Academy of Catalan Cinema

Agreement to work on joint projects and raise the profiles of both institutions.

The agreement will disseminate the Audiovisual Prize for a Bioethics Project and will promote screenings of films that address topics related to bioethics as part of this year's Gaudí Season.

Isocial partnership agreement

Agreement to cooperate to support innovation in the social services sector.

The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation and Fundación iSocial have signed a partnership agreement to support ethical reflection in all innovative activities in Social Services.

Ethics and Science Awards 2017/18

The jury has announced this year's results. 


First prize to "The Royal Philanthropic Vaccination Expedition. Bioethics yesterday and today" Escuela San Gabriel, Viladecans.


Second prize to "Shall we change?" Betania Patmos School, Barcelona.


Third prize to "The tree of children's rights" Les Pinediques School, Taradell.


Special mention:


• "Capability with a soul" Centro San Juan de Dios, Valladolid.

• "QC-Aspace: humanizing technology" Instituto Quatre Cantons, Barcelona.

• "The environmental storyteller" INS Berenguer d'Entença de l'Hospitalet de l'Infant. 

Bioethics Grants and Prizes 2018

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


Ana M. González Ramos of the Open University of Catalonia, for the study: "Uso ético de las redes sociales en el caso de los trastornos de conducta alimentaria." [Ethical use of social media in the case of eating disorders.]


The team led by Silvia Poveda Moral at Fundació Sanitària Mollet for the study "Barreras en la gestión del documento de voluntades anticipadas y planificación de decisiones anticipadas en servicios de urgencias y emergencias médicas". [Obstacles in the management of the advance directive and advance decision planning document in medical emergency services.]


Andreu Segura Benedicto, doctor specialized in public health, for the study: "La ética de la ignorancia y la ética de la incertidumbre. Elementos para comprender y prevenir la iatrogenia".

[The ethics of ignorance and the ethics of uncertainty. Elements to understand and prevent iatrogenics.]


Mònica Sumoy Gete-Alonso of Rovira i Virgili University for the study: "La representación cinematográfica del cuidado de la salud física, mental y emocional del ser humano y sus implicaciones éticas". [The cinematic representation of care for the physical, mental and emotional health of human beings, and the ethical implications.]


Priscila Giraldo Matamoros of Fundació Institut Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques for the study "La reconciliación después del error médico: la mediación como herramienta de ayuda a las víctimas". [Reconciliation after medical errors: mediation as a tool to help victims.]


The team led by Albert Granero Lázaro of Consorci Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí for the study "Puesta en marcha de un proceso de planificación de decisiones anticipadas en pacientes con trastorno mental severo (TMS) en un centro de salud mental". [Implementing a process for planning advance directives in patients with severe mental disorder (SMD) at a mental health centre.]



First prize to Ciencia y bioética en la ficción [Science and bioethics in fiction] by Marta Vecino Perez, a student at Institut Ribera Baixa, Prat del Llobregat.

Second prize to El consentimiento informado en ensayos clínicos con pacientes pediátricos [Informed consent in clinical trials with paediatric patients] by Laia Pérez Pucurull, student at IES Joan Boscà, Barcelona.

Third prize to El diagnóstico genético preimplantacional: aplicaciones, bioética y perspectivas de futuro [Preimplantation genetic diagnosis: applications, bioethics and future prospects] by Maria Bretones Vallejo, student at Col·legi Jesús Maria de Sant Andreu, Barcelona.



Documentary "Morir abans de néixer" [Dying before birth] by Núria Jar Benabarre with the support of The Cannonball Film Company.


Special mention to documentary Séptimo Piso (Seven floor) by Ànnia Monreal, Raül Clemente and Xavi Herrero.

Milagros Pérez Oliva

New member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Milagros Pérez Oliva will bring her media experience to bear on the study and promotion of bioethics.


She has been with Spain's leading daily newspaper, El País, since 1982, where she has been senior editor of the paper's Catalonia and Opinion sections, and was reader's editor from 2009 to 2012. She currently writes articles and editorial columns. She is also an interviewer on Terrícoles, produced by Barcelona TV channel Betevé, and appears as a political analyst on a number of programmes, including Hora 25 on Cadena Ser, els Matins on TV3, El Matí on Catalunya Radio, and Vespres on Spanish national broadcaster TVE2.


She was a member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia for eight years, and is currently on the Public Health Advisory Board, and is a member of the board of Pompeu Fabra University. She has won a number of awards, including the Government of Catalonia's National Culture Prize for Journalism, the Grifols Prize for Bioethics, and Barcelona City Council's Social Well-being Award. She also received the Josep Trueta Medal for contributions to health, from the Government of Catalonia.

Supporting the scientists of the future

Víctor Torrecillas and David Belda travel to London as winners of BIYSC

Víctor Torrecillas and David Belda won the prize awarded jointly by Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera  and the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation for their projects as part of the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge 2017 BIYSC, a summer school designed to give young students the opportunity to conduct projects at Catalonia's leading research centres.


David Belda from Alicante, who is about to start an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Valencia, won the prize for his essay: "Is animal immunostaining efficient and ethical?" He began the project at BIYSC during a laboratory internship at the Institute of Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona (IRB) where he worked on fruit flies, and the use of these insect tissue to create antibodies. He enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to pursue the subject further. In his project, Belda reflects on the moral aspects of animal research, in this case involving fruit flies, considers whether such procedures are ethical, and argues that research should explore other options that do not involve exploiting and killing animals.


Víctor Torrecillas, who is about to start his first year at Barcelona Medical School, won his prize for "Mutating LAE5 through bioinformatics tools to obtain a source for high-yield geraniol production", which focuses on research into an enzyme that makes it possible to increase the yield of a geraniol molecule. Torrecillas explains that, "this is a molecule with multiple applications in the food, cosmetic and biofuel industry," hence his interest in researching it.


The BIYSC awards made it possible for Víctor Torrecillas and David Belda to participate in the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), a prestigious programme that brings together students from across the world and is now in its 60th year. The event lasts two weeks, during which participants can attend lectures from leading scientists, visit some of the UK's top laboratories and universities, and meet fellow students from across the globe.


David Belda described his time in London as, "Amazing! It exceeded my expectations and I was really impressed by the quality and stature of the lecturers." The experience has confirmed his passion for research, a bug that he caught while still at school. During his time in London, David made a particular effort to attend talks and lectures relating to chemistry and renewable energy. "I learned a lot about some of the latest issues that I'm particularly interested in," he explained.


Víctor Torrecillas was also enthusiastic about his time in London. "It was a great opportunity to learn a lot both at the scientific level but also by interacting with people from all over the world." Víctor would also like to pursue a career in research. "In addition to working in clinical medicine, I would like to find a specialty that would enable me to conduct research," he explained. He was particularly impressed by the quality of the speakers in London, "who are international leaders in their specialist fields". And he also reaffirmed his commitment to his vocation by attending numerous sessions related to medicine. Of these, he particularly enjoyed a lecture on tropical medicine, with contributions from health professionals with experience of treating diseases such as malaria in Africa.


In addition to the scientific and research content, the two prizewinning students both said they had benefited from the experience of visiting London, and the opportunity to meet and make friends with students from countries as diverse as Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico. "Contact with people of our own age from very different cultures was incredibly enriching," they agreed.