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Barcelona distinguishes Eduard Batlle's metastasis research




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The Barcelona City Council acknowledges the impact of his studies in cancer and metastasis

The Barcelona City Council has announced the names of 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 and a CIBERONC member, has been given this prize in the  “Life Sciences” category.

Eduard Batlle receives this institutional recognition for his recent article published in the journal Nature, which describes 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 will be held on Thursday 14 February at 18:00, in the “Saló de Cent” of the Barcelona City Council, and will be 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 is 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.


More information about the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona.

About IRB Barcelona

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).