The University has awarded this honour in recognition of his “outstanding career in biochemistry and his contributions to research, in particular, in relation to alterations in diabetes and to Lafora disease
Joan J. Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, senior professor at the University of Barcelona, CIBERDEM researcher and president of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), has been named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Andrés Bello University of Chile.
The announcement of the University Council states that they have awarded this honour in recognition of his “outstanding career in biochemistry and his contributions to research, in particular, in relation to alterations in diabetes and to Lafora disease”. They also highlighted his contribution to furthering science and scientific training opportunities “through the creation and management of the prestigious organisation IRB Barcelona”.
Professor Guinovart has a strong relationship with this University and the announcement “recognises notable efforts devoted to the development of several research groups and the science policy in Chile and thanks him for a rewarding relationship with the Andrés Bello University”.
The Doctor Honoris Causa award ceremony will in the “Salón de Honor” on 1 December on one of the campuses of the Santiago de Chile University.
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).