Joan J. Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, and ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah were invited by English Radio host Virgil Simons on RKB to talk about cancer research, what it means to be a researcher and what this job is like, with a special emphasis on the need to raise funds for biomedical investigation.
“Research activities aim to provide new knowledge, to understand what was not understood in the past. In order to do that, you need money, so the first job of a researcher is, in fact, to raise money. And we need a lot of funding for biomedical investigation nowadays,” explains Joan Guinovart.
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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 27 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).