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Marc Güell wins the National Research Award for Young Talent

Marc Güell wins the National Research Award for Young Talent

The award recognizes young researchers who have stood out in their professional careers for the quality and excellence of their work. 

04.12.2019

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The Catalan Government and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi) have distinguished Marc Güell, principal investigator of the Translational Synthetic Biology Research Group at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) of UPF with the National Research Award for Young Talent. The award-winner specializes in gene editing and synthetic biology, disciplines applied to patients awaiting organ transplants, and patients with acne or muscular dystrophy. This award has a cash prize of 10,000 euros and recognizes young researchers who have stood out in their professional careers for the quality and excellence of their work.

The 2018 National Research Award has gone to Italian theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist Licia Verde, ICREA research professor at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences at the University of Barcelona (ICCUB). The Pasqual Maragall Foundation for Research into Alzheimer's was awarded in the Scientific Patronage category for its continued intense promotion of research into Alzheimer's disease and the cognitive problems of ageing. In the Science Communication category, the award has gone to the NanoEduca programme of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the University of Barcelona (UB), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Centre for Specific Pedagogical Resources to Support Innovation and Educational Research (CESIRE), of the Department of Education, for its efforts to introduce nanoscience and nanotechnology to students and teachers of secondary and high school. Meanwhile, the Public-Private Partnership in R&D award has gone to the Repsol-BSC Research Center (RBRC), of Repsol and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - National Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS).

The National Research Awards aim to encourage the social recognition of science and the activities of researchers, sponsors, businesspeople and communicators. This year, the jury was chaired by Antoni Esteve, president of the FCRi, and also included Mar Capeans, lead researcher of the Detector Technologies Group of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN); Maria Àngela Maria Vilallonga; full professor of Latin Philology at the University of Girona (UdG) and vice-president of the Philology Section of the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC); Roderic Guigó, coordinator of the Bioinformatics and Genomics Programme at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), professor of Bioinformatics at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and 2017 National Research Award winner; Antonio Huerta, full professor of Applied Mathematics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and director of the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA); Francesc Xavier Grau, secretary of Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia; and Joan Gómez Pallarès, director general for Research of the Government of Catalonia. The secretary was the director general of the FCRi, Rafael Marín.

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