Awards for outstanding creation, research and production developed in Barcelona. The Barcelona City Council acknowledges the impact of his studies in cancer and metastasis.
In February 2019, the Barcelona City Council announced the winners of the 2018 Premi Ciutat de Barcelona, the highest accolade bestowed by the city on its citizens. Eduard Batlle, ICREA researcher, group leader and coordinator of the Cancer Science Programme at IRB Barcelona, was given this prize in the “Life Sciences” category.
Eduard Batlle received this institutional recognition for his article published in the journal Nature, which described the discovery of the new mechanism that allows cancer cells to evade detection by the immune system and to form metastases. This finding reveals new approaches through which to increase the success of immunotherapy treatments in advanced stages of certain kinds of cancer.
The award ceremony for the 2018 Premis Ciutat de Barcelona was held in the “Saló de Cent” of the Barcelona City Council, and was chaired by the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the Commissioner for Culture of the Council, Joan Subirats, and led by the actress Àgata Roca.
This was the third time that an IRB Barcelona researcher has been given this prize: the first scientist to receive it was Ernest Giralt (Head of the Peptides and Proteins Laboratory), in 2014, followed by Salvador Aznar (Head of the Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory), in 2016.
The “Premis Ciutat de Barcelona” have been given yearly since 1949 by the Barcelona City Council in recognition of excellence in a variety of fields, including research and production, by creative individuals and groups working in these areas or by organisations in Barcelona that devoted to them or promote them.