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“la Caixa” awards IRB Barcelona with 10 international predoctoral fellowships

By 25 de July de 2012November 18th, 2020No Comments
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Source: "la Caixa" Foundation.

“la Caixa” awards IRB Barcelona with 10 international predoctoral fellowships

"la Caixa" Social Programme has held today a ceremony at the CaixaForum Madrid to award 40 grants corresponding to the fourth edition of the "la Caixa" International PhD Programme in Biomedicine. This doctoral programme is aimed at attracting young talented scientists worldwide to recruit them to four of the biomedical research centres of reference in Spain, among them the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), based in the Barcelona Science Park. Other awarded centres are the "Centro Nacional de Biotecnología" (CNB-CSIC), the "Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas Carlos III" (CNIO), and the "Centre de Regulació Genòmica" (CRG).

The award ceremony has been chaired by the State Secretary of Research Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, the General Director of “la Caixa”, Juan Maria Nin, and the Director of the “la Caixa” Foundation, Jaime Lanaspa. IRB Barcelona Director, Joan J. Guinovart, accompanied the students during the ceremony. The young Italian researcher Simone Pietetti, a student working at Miquel Coll’s lab, gave a speech on behalf of the 10 students who will be working towards their PhD in the next four years at the institute.

Over five years, 200 grants will be offered by “la Caixa” International PhD Fellowship Programme, with an investment of approximately 27 million euros. All the grants last for four years and are open to students and researchers worldwide. Last September, IRB Barcelona selected 10 students from Spain (2), France (2), Italy, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Colombia, and Iran. In September 2012, the institute will welcome 10 new students and will host 50 talented young researchers funded by “la Caixa”.

Through this programme, “la Caixa” consolidates its commitment to research in health and health sciences. The generous funding of the fellowships, together with the scientific excellence of the Spanish centres selected, puts these awards on a competitive footing with other prestigious international grants addressed to predoctoral students.