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Alberto Enciso Carrasco y Rui Miguel Dos Santos Benedito, Prince of Girona Foundation Scientific Research Award 2014

The Prince of Girona Foundation Awards are to be presented in June during the IMPULSA Forum, which will be presided over by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias and of Girona

  • Alberto Enciso Carrasco and Rui Miguel Dos Santos Benedito

The Prince of Girona Foundation (FPdGi) has today announced the winners of its 2014 Scientific Research Award, which recognises young people with outstanding research projects or experiences, including those working in human and social sciences, which show strong potential for future development.


The jury, formed of María Blasco Marhuenda, Jorge Wagensbergy and Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, members of the FPdGi Advisory Council; Francisco Sánchez, Director of the Astrophysical Institute of the Canary Islands; and Guadalupe Sabio, winner of the Prince of Girona Foundation Scientific Research Award 2012, have decided to present this year’s award jointly to Alberto Enciso Carrasco and Rui Miguel Dos Santos Benedito. Alberto Enciso Carrasco was chosen because of his research into developing new techniques for analysing differential equations used in physics and directly applicable to several fields of science and technology. And Rui Miguel Dos Santos Benedito was chosen in recognition of his excellent research in the field of vascular biology, which is highly relevant in many areas of healthcare such as treating cancer and cardiovascular disease, and for his leadership capacity.


Alberto Enciso Carrasco, Guadalajara, 1980, holds a degree in Physics from the Complutense University in Madrid, a European PhD in Physics from the same institution and is currently a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research involves developing new techniques for analysing differential equations used in physics and directly applicable to several other fields. The results of his research have yielded more than forty published articles, for which he has received awards from the Spanish Royal Mathematical Society and the Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics. Enciso Carrasco has been a visiting researcher at important international centres such as McGill University (Canada), ETH in Zurich (Switzerland), the Roma Tre University (Italy) and the City University of New York (USA).


Rui Miguel Dos Santos Benedito, Lisbon, 1979, holds a degree in Microbiology and Genetics from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a PhD in Molecular Biomedicine from the same university. He has been a visiting researcher at the London Research Institute – Cancer Research (UK) and at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine (Germany). He is currently assistant lecturer and researcher at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC). He has taken part in numerous international congresses and conferences on vascular biology in countries such as Germany, the United States, Austria and France. His research has been recognised with international prizes and awards such as the Werner Risau Prize and the Peter Hans Hofschneider Prize. Benedito is also the author of a large number of articles published in important scientific journals and publications.


“Young people are vital to science: the example of the miracle of Spanish astrophysics”


The award announcement was made this morning at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid. This was followed by a conference entitled “Young people are vital to science: the example of the miracle of Spanish astrophysics”, led by Professor Francisco Sánchez, founder and Director of the Astrophysical Institute of the Canary Islands. The event was presided over by Oriol Mitjà, doctor and winner of the FPdGi Scientific Research Award 2013.


The Prince of Girona Foundation Awards 2014


With the aim of fostering activity and effort, the Prince of Girona Foundation Awards promote research and creativity, solidarity and the development of talent in restless young people, in order to build a more just world in a globalised setting.


The Prince of Girona Foundation Awards consist of four individual prizes for people aged between 16 and 35 years and one award for an organisation:



  • Prince of Girona Foundation Arts and Literature Award: Recognises talented young people involved in promising work in any discipline of the arts and literature, and which serves as inspiration for other young people.

  • Prince of Girona Foundation Social Award: Recognises young people who have used their personal leadership skills to promote projects that foster the integration of marginalised groups or those at risk of exclusion, whether through social entities or businesses.

  • Prince of Girona Foundation Scientific Research Award: Recognises young people with outstanding research projects or experiences, including those working in human and social sciences, which show strong potential for future development.

  • Prince of Girona Foundation Business Award: Recognises young people who show entrepreneurial initiative in the execution of an original and viable business project.

  • Prince of Girona Foundation Organisation Award: Recognises the outstanding work of an entrepreneurial organisation that works for young people.


 


In this fifth edition, a total of 180 nominations for the Prince of Girona Foundation Awards have been received, of which 47 were in the Scientific Research category.


The winners of previous editions of the Scientific Research award category were: in 2010, Óscar Fernández-Capetillo, joint winner for his contribution to research in the field of oncology, and Borja Ibáñez, joint winner for his work in the area of cardiology; in 2011, Romain Quidant, for his research career in the fight against cancer, focusing on the application of light in medicine; in 2012, Guadalupe Sabio, for her scientific excellence and international leadership in the area of mechanisms by which obesity causes illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer; and in 2013, Oriol Mitjà, for his exemplary dedication in the field of treating infectious diseases endemic in developing countries and for his international work focused on eradicating the disease Yaws from the planet.


This is the fourth award announcement made so far this year, after the artist Hugo Fontela was named as winner of the Foundation’s Arts and Literature Award; the FPdGi Organisation Award went to Valnalón, and the Business award went to Ignasi Belda. The jury meeting and winner announcement for the final category, the Prince of Girona Foundation Social Award, will be held on 8 April, in Girona.


With a prize of €10,000 and a reproduction of a sculpture by Juan Muñoz, the Prince of Girona Foundation Awards are presented during the IMPULSA Forum, which is being held in Girona in June and will be presided over by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias and of Girona.

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