Awards for Scientific Research and Dissemination
The awards ceremony for the 13th edition of the Health Science Prize has been held in the headquarters of savings bank Caja Rural de Granada, which co-organises the annual awards for scientific research and dissemination in collaboration with the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS). This year, the prizes went to ‘Telomeric RNAs are essential to maintain telomeres’, a study led by Dr María Blasco, director of Spain's National Oncology Research Centre, and to the Escuela de Pacientes (‘patient school’) website developed by the Andalusian School of Public Health.
The awards ceremony provided an opportunity to commend the work of researchers and media outlets that aim to promote awareness of scientific research, and praise the commitment of public and private institutions to retaining top researcher talent. As winners of the prize in the research category, Dr María Blasco's team was presented with 20,000 euros, while the Andalusian School of Public Health, winner of the prize for scientific dissemination, was awarded 6,000 euros. Both winners were also given a certificate.
Speaking at the event, Caja Rural CEO Antonio León called for R&D&I investment not to be cut back as it was during the financial crisis, as he believes that "science is currently a key indicator of a country’s prestige".
Other speakers at the event included the mayor of Granada, Francisco Cuenca, Granada's government delegate, Sandra García, and the vice-chancellor of the University of Granada and chair of the PTS board, Pilar Aranda. They all highlighted the hard work that is being done in Granada to ensure the continued production of high-level research and help the city become a world leader in biotechnology and biomedicine.