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Joan Massagué, 2014 National Culture Award

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Joan Massagué. Source: IRB Barcelona.

Joan Massagué, 2014 National Culture Award

Today, 2 June, Joan Massagué has been presented the highest accolade in the field of culture in Catalonia, the 2014 National Culture Award, in an act held in the Teatre Josep Maria de Sagarra in Santa Coloma de Gramenet. Massagué was the cofounder and adjunct director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) –based in the PCB– where he now holds the position of President of the International Scientific Board.

The Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CoNCA), an organisation comprising distinguished members of cultural sectors, has awarded Joan Massagué in recognition of his tireless research to beat cancer metastasis, work that has made him an international reference in in this field of research.

A graduate in Pharmacy and holding a PhD in Biochemistry, in 1982 he moved to the US. He is currently the director of the prestigious Sloan Kettering Institute of New York. He is a world reference in the signalling pathways and transcriptional programmes that determine cell behaviour and cancer metastasis.

His recent discoveries, from the prestigious Sloan Kettering Institute of New York that he heads, have allowed the identification of the genes and mechanisms involved in metastasis of the bone, lungs and brain, and have contributed to opening up new approaches to prevent the fatal outcome of this disease.

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