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IBEC researcher Pere Roca-Cusachs (Foto: IBEC).

Pere Roca-Cusachs wins the 2017 City of Barcelona Award for the Life Sciences.

Pere Roca-Cusachs, group leader at IBEC and assistant professor at the University of Barcelona, has won the 2017 City of Barcelona Award for the life sciences.The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, 15 February,  in the Saló de Cent at the Barcelona City Hall.


The City of Barcelona Awards are granted by Barcelona City Council, and the jury – Patrick Aloy, Juan Valcárcel, Cristina Subidas, Elena Casacuberta, and Neus Agell – were unanimous in their choice of Pere for the prize. The award comes after the publication of his study in Cell ((DOI: last year, where he identified a mechanism by which tissue rigidity regulates cell survival and proliferation, as well as its implications in diseases such as cancer and liver and lung fibrosis.

Pere Roca-Cusachs, assistant professor at the UB and head of IBEC’s Cellular and Molecular Mechanobiology group, which carried out the study together with the institute’s Cellular and Respiratory Biomechanics and Integrative Cell and Tissue Dynamics groups, in collaboration with researchers in King’s College in London.

Barcelona City Council convenes the City of Barcelona Awards every year to reward quality creation, research and production carried out in Barcelona by creators and groups who work here, and Barcelona institutions and organisations that promote and produce them.The work rewarded must contribute to cultural development and be integrated into the citizen fabric the creators, associations, public institutions and cultural industries take part in.