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25 non-profit organisations working in the fields of social welfare, the environment, and biomedical research and associated with the LegadoSolidario.org campaign inform the public about the possibility of including a donation to a cause or charity with which they identify.
According to data from 2015, only 1% of wills made in Spain included a charitable bequest.
Thanks to the generous donations of many individuals, organisations and companies to IRB Barcelona over the last three years, the Institute has launched the first call of the IRB Barcelona Philanthropy Fund. Two biomedical research projects will be funded with 40,000 euros. One of the projects selected will be in the field of oncology, to accommodate all donations made specifically for cancer and metastasis research.
“The people who generously donated to the ‘Futur’ campaign are an example of altruism to be followed,” says Elena Meléndez
The academic year began with the arrival of 11 new students to IRB Barcelona’s International PhD Programme—among them Elena Meléndez Esteban (b. Barcelona, 1993), the recipient of the first "IRB Barcelona Futur” PhD fellowship. This fellowship has come about from the campaign with the same name launched by the institute in December 2016 to increase public awareness of the importance of biomedical research and PhD training. “So many people have shown such generosity in supporting the PhD training of a young researcher whom they have never met,” says Elena.
The positive public response to the "Futur" fund-raising campaign launched by IRB Barcelona towards the end of 2016 sets the stage for a new "IRB Barcelona Futur PhD Fellowship".
The fellowship will allow a young researcher to join an IRB Barcelona lab to do a 4-year doctoral thesis.