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Pura Muñoz-Cánoves and Jordi Galí, 2021 National Research Award winners

Pura Muñoz-Cánoves and Jordi Galí, 2021 National Research Award winners

The awards, the most important recognition in Spain in the field of scientific research, aim to recognize the merit of Spanish researchers who are conducting outstanding professional work of international importance in their respective areas of research and scientific fields. 

23.11.2021

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The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has awarded two of the 2021 National Research Awards to UPF professors Jordi Galí Garreta and Pura Muñoz-Cánoves. Created in 1982, these awards are the most important recognition in Spain in the field of scientific research.

Pura Muñoz, in the area of Biology, has been awarded with the Santiago Ramón y Cajal National Award. Muñoz is a full professor of Cell Biology at the UPF Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, a research professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and principal investigator of the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) and of the Network Centre for Biomedical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED).

The award recognizes the contribution of her research with stem cells within the areas of muscle regeneration and ageing as well as the application of her discoveries to the treatment of different diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

The Santiago Ramón y Cajal National Award recognizes Pura Muñoz’s contribution to research into stem cells in the fields of muscle regeneration and ageing.

Jordi Galí Garreta has been awarded the Pascual Madoz National Award in the areas of Law and Economic and Social Sciences. He is a full professor of Economics and Business at UPF and a senior researcher at the Center for Research in International Economics. This award is in recognition of the contribution by his research in macroeconomics in the field of monetary policy through the introduction of new dynamic models of general equilibrium.

In the words of Galí, “Some of the award-winning economists who have preceded me, such as Andreu Mas-Colell, add to the prestige of the Award. However, the best reward for me is to feel that I can continue to contribute, albeit modestly, to the advancement of economics, where we still have much to do, and the challenges are mammoth. UPF’s community of economists provides a fantastic environment to do this work”.

The Pascual Madoz National Award is in recognition of the contribution by Jordi Galí’s research in macroeconomics in the field of monetary policy through the introduction of  new dynamic models of general equilibrium.

The awards aim to acknowledge the merit of Spanish researchers who are conducting outstanding professional work of international importance in their respective areas of research and scientific fields, and who make an exceptional contribution to the advancement of science, to a better knowledge of human beings and their coexistence, to the transfer of technology and to the progress of humanity.

The other winners were Francisco José García Vidal, Hermenegildo García Gómez, Montserrat Vilà Planella, Luis Vega González, María José Alonso Fernández, Jesús Fernando San Miguel Izquierdo, Aníbal Ollero Baturone, and Margarita Díaz-Andreu. The minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, informed the winners of the jury’s decision and congratulated them on behalf of the Government.

This is the second time that the ten categories of these awards have been held in the same year. A total of 119 candidacies were submitted in this edition.

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