IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Awards

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth edition of the IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Award, which is intended to recognise outstanding contributions to science and the scientific community made by young researchers who have completed a significant part of their training and careers at IRB Barcelona. The IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Award is given with the support of Eppendorf. logo eppendorf

We would like to remind you that candidates can either apply spontaneously or be nominated by IRB Barcelona members or by registered alumni as follows:

 

a) Nomination of candidates by IRB Barcelona staff or by other alumni:
If you are an IRB Barcelona employee (research, technical, or administration staff) or a registered member of the IRB Barcelona Alumni Network, you can nominate a candidate to the award by sending an email to irbalumni@irbbarcelona.org no later than 31 January 2019, indicating your name, contact details, and the name and contact details of your nominated candidate.

After checking the eligibility of the candidate according to the award Terms and Conditions, she/ he will be contacted and asked to register through the application form available on this link, no later than 28 February 2019.

 

b) Self-nominations (self-candidacies):
If you are a registered member of the IRB Barcelona Alumni Network and want to present your self-candidacy, you can nominate yourself to the award by sending an email to irbalumni@irbbarcelona.org no later than 31 January 2019, indicating your name, former IRB Barcelona position and research group/ unit, and contact your details.

After checking the eligibility of your candidacy according to the award Terms and Conditions, you will be contacted and asked to register through the application form available on this link, no later than 28 February 2019.

 

Both self-nominations and nominations proposed by IRB Barcelona or Alumni members must be sent to irbalumni@irbbarcelona.org no later than 31 January 2019.

Please find detailed information about the call here, including the prize Terms and Conditions.

 

Past winners

 

Joan Font-Burgada (2018)

Joan Font-Burgada (Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona, 1977), PhD researcher in the Cell and Developmental Biology Program of IRB Barcelona (2006-2010), under the supervision of Dr. Ferran Azorín. Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego in Dr. Michael Karin's group (Department of Pharmacology). Currently Assistant Professor at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Joan is recognized “for his important contributions to understand the development of cancer, in particular, why cancers evolve with mutations that are poorly immunogenic, and also for the identification of special hepatic reparative cells with low propensity to produce cancer”.

The 2018 Alumni Excellence Award Event was held on Friday, 5 October 2018 at 12:00 h at IRB Barcelona. Check the pictures of the event here.

 

Marc Liesa (2017)

PhD researcher in IRB Barcelona’s Complex Metabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Lab (2003-2009), Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center (Boston, USA), since 2015, and since 2015 Assistant Professor in-Residence, step II, at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Los Angeles, USA).

Marc is recognized "for his important contributions to mitochondrial biology, in particular the study of the functional relationships between organelle morphology and cellular energetics, and the identification of ABCB10 as the first mitochondrial ATP transporter essential in oxidative stress protection”.

The IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Award ceremony was held on 5 May 2017.

 

David Vilchez (2016)

PhD and postdoctoral research in IRB Barcelona's Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab (2003-2008).
Group Leader since 2013 at the CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Cologne, Germany, where he received an ERC Starting Grant.

David is recognized for his “insight, originality and courage to start interdisciplinary and innovative scientific approaches. He has demonstrated an ability to conduct ground-breaking research throughout his career with outstanding scientific achievements on subjects as diverse as neurodegeneration, proteostasis, aging and stem cell biology.”

The IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Award ceremony took place on 16 September 2016.