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ICREA Acadèmia Award for Dr. Eulàlia de Nadal, Group Leader at IRB Barcelona

15 Feb 21




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The ICREA Acadèmia Award allows university professors to prioritise their dedication to research for 5 years.

The Cell Signaling laboratory, headed by Dr. Eulàlia de Nadal and Dr. Francesc Posas, studies cell adaptation response to stress. 


Dr. Eulàlia de Nadal, head of the Cell Signaling laboratory at IRB Barcelona, has been awarded the 2020 ICREA Acadèmia Award from the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). It is the second time that she has received this recognition. In the next five years, Dr. de Nadal will focus her research on the study of the transcriptional regulation in response to stress, characterising its heterogeneity, as well as identifying new histone modifications. She will also explore the therapeutic potential of the molecular mechanisms discovered.

The ICREA Acadèmia Programme was launched in 2008 with the aim to help university faculty in an active and expansive phase of their research careers to dedicate more time to research activities. The winners of the ICREA Acadèmia Award—Professors working in public universities in Catalonia—receive a generous research grant for five years.

Dr. de Nadal has been an associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Pompeu Fabra University since 2008 and full professor at the same university and group leader at IRB Barcelona since 2017. She has published more than 50 scientific articles and several review articles and book chapters. She has co-directed 10 doctoral theses and has served on several national and international scientific panels. 

Now in its 12th year, the 2020 ICREA Acadèmia Awards, which recognise the scientific trajectory of university professors, have been presented to 274 members of university faculty. Over five years, the awardees receive €40,000/year to support their lines of research. ICREA Professors devote less time to teaching activities to be able to concentrate on research.

Of the 28 group leaders currently at IRB Barcelona, 15 are ICREA Research Professors and 4 hold the ICREA Acadèmia Distinction. Supported by the Government of Catalonia, the ICREA Foundation was set up to attract and retain scientific talent in CERCA centres and universities in Catalonia. ICREA recognition is a seal of quality and excellence.




About IRB Barcelona

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 28 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).