Pere Roca-Cusachs wins City of Barcelona award

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 prize comes after the publication of his study in Cell 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.

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.

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The awards ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 15th February, will be chaired by the Mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, and the Commissioner of Culture of Barcelona City Council, Joan Subirats. It will take place in Barcelona City Council’s Saló de Cent and will be presented by Betevé journalist Eva Arderius.

The full list of winners of this edition are:

Agustí Duran i Sanpere d’Història de Bcn: Alessandro Ravotto
Arquitectura i Urbanisme: Harquitectes
Arts Visuals: Joan Morey
Assaig, Ciències Socials i Humanitats: Nova Il·lustració Radical
Audiovisuals: Carla Simón
Ciències Experimentals i Tecnologia: Hugues de Riedmatten
Ciències de la Terra i Ambientals: ‘Citizen Science provides a reliable and scalable tool to track disease-carrying mosquitoes’
Ciències de la Vida: Pere Roca-Cusachs
Circ: “Fidelis Fortibus”
Cultura Popular i Tradicional: Associació de Festes de la Plaça Nova
Dansa: Mal Pelo
Disseny: ‘Hack The School’ de la Fundació Jaume Bofill
Educació: Sindihogar / Sindillar
Literatura en llengua castellana: Juan Luis Ramos
Literatura en llengua catalana: Aventures i desventures de l’insòlit i admirable Joan Orpí, Conquistador i Fundador de la nova Catalunya, Max Besora
Mitjans de Comunicació: Revista 5w
Música: Festival Mixtur
Teatre: Imma Colomer
Traducció en llengua catalana: Dolors Udina