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08.06.2015 12:26

Awards Ceremony for the 11th Health Science Prize

he awards ceremony for the 11th Health Science Prize has taken place at the headquarters of its organising body, the Caja Rural Foundation. This year's 20,000-euro award in the research category went to researcher Eduard Batlle from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), while the 6,000-euro prize in the scientific dissemination category was awarded jointly to journalist Luz Rodríguez and the president of the Ibero-American Nutrition Foundation (FINUT), Ángel Gil. During the awards ceremony, the president of the Caja Rural Foundation, Antonio León, spoke of the need for continued commitment to and investment in research.

[Translate to ENG:] Prizewinners and representatives from the institutions involved.

Eduard Batlle won the research category for his study on The identification of molecular subtypes with a poor prognosis in colorectal cancer by means of the tumour stroma, a new way of understanding cancer. The study reveals that in addition to classifying patients with colon cancer using traditional methods based on the degree of malignancy of tumour cells it is also possible to predict a patient’s progress reliably by analysing the cells surrounding the tumour. In other words, in the prognosis of the disease the tumour environment is just as important, or more so, than the tumour itself. This discovery also opens up new channels for the treatment of metastases, many of which are incurable at present.


The prize in the scientific dissemination category was awarded jointly to journalist Luz Rodríguez for her Science in Granada website and to the Ibero-American Nutrition Foundation for its Nutrition, source of life exhibition.

The Science in Granada blog was set up in 2012 to promote awareness of the work carried out by the Spanish scientific community, especially in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS). The news stories, interviews and reports published on the site are written in a simple, easy-to-read style but with great scientific rigour.

The FINUT exhibition was on display for several months at the Parque de las Ciencias museum in Granada. According to FINUT president Ángel Gil, it attracted more than half a million visitors during that time. The exhibition is currently in Barcelona, and in 2016 will move to the Castile-La Mancha Science Museum in Cuenca. In 2017, it will be on display as part of the International Congress of Nutrition in Argentina.