• The purpose of the scholarship is to help students take their first step in the world of research at the hands of Dr. Esteller

  • «We cannot lose talent for economic reasons», defends the Santboian researcher

What costs more to a boy or girl when the race ends is get started in the world of research. We cannot lose talent for economic reasons”. With these words he has celebrated the doctor manel esteller that Sant Boi de Llobregat (Baix Llobregat) has promoted the ‘Manel Esteller Award for Initiation to Biomedical Research‘, one because, the Santboian researcher has said, it seeks”fill the hole in this first step of the culture of knowledge”.

With this award, presented this Friday March 10, Sant Boi has taken a step to promote biomedical research on leukemia, lymphoma and other malignancies of the blood. “Why does a local local administration make such a bet? For consistency with our history. We are benchmarks in health and especially in mental health since 1853″, defended the mayoress of Sant Boi, Luisa Moret.

Moret has also emphasized that the health «does not only have a care perspective”, but also the research is “fundamental”. “It is a reference sector for us and generates more than 7,000 jobs in the city”, explained the mayoress of Sant Boi in her speech.

In this way, from the consistory they emphasize that the purpose of this award is to promote research into this type of disease through the incorporation of a pre-doctoral researcher at the Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute (IJC), where the benefactor will begin his scientific career under the direction of Dr. Manel Esteller. The endowment, which increased to 40,000 eurosIt will finance the first two years of doctoral thesis.

Thus, the IJC will soon announce the Manel Esteller award, which will have a biennial periodicity. Among the conditions to be eligible for the scholarship, candidates will have to have a master’s degree or be enrolled in the 2021-22 academic year in an official university master’s degree that gives access to a doctoral program, in order to have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits at the time of acceptance of the scholarship.

«Awakening scientific vocations»

The award has been officially presented at the Teaching Campus of Sant Joan de Déu de Sant Boi Health Park this Friday in an act chaired by the Minister of Science and Innovation, diana morant, who has celebrated that this award goes ahead and helps to «awaken the scientific and innovative vocations in our country. In short, to retain and attract talent”.

In his speech, Morant stressed that science saves lives, «saves the planet», but also that «it helps to create jobs for each job». “In Catalonia, one in three workplaces is being created in the science and innovation sector. We are on the right track”, said the minister. However, the award jury will be made up of Dr. Manel Esteller, as honorary president; the mayoress of Sant Boi, Lluïsa Moret, as president; a prestigious researcher in the field of Biomedicine; the Councilor for Health of the Sant Boi City Council and the president of the Mental Health Cluster of Catalonia.

Dr. Esteller is a world-renowned doctor and researcher for his fight against cancer, he is currently director of the Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute (IJC) and Professor of Genetics at the University of Barcelona (UB).

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The Sant Boi scientist has also received more than 40 prestigious international, European and national awards and, in 2002, the Sant Boi City Council awarded him the honorary title of Favorite Son of the city.

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