University Andrés Bello differentiates with degree of Doctor Honoris cause to Joan Guinovart

University Andrés Bello differentiates with degree of Doctor Honoris cause to Joan Guinovart

The Rector of the Andrés Bello University, Dr. José Rodríguez Pérez, with the presence of the University staff, presided over this Thursday 1 December the investiture ceremony with the degree of Doctor Honoris cause from the prominent Spanish biochemist Dr. Joan Guinovart.Dr.JoanGuinovart

The solemn ceremony was attended by academic, educational authorities and students who gathered in the living room Colonial of the Campus House in Las Condes. At the end, the new Doctor Honoris Causa was declared full of satisfaction and grateful for all those who made it possible. He highlighted its relationship with our country, describing it as "old, deep, love and friendship of collaboration and learning", because in addition to academic ties, Dr. Guinovart maintained an important network of friendship and cooperation that unite it with the country.

The Dean of the school of biological sciences and godmother of the nomination of the award-winning, Dr. María Inés Vera, said that "it is a person who has opened a permanent friendship between Barcelona and Chilean scientists link. He is very committed with what makes, wants and is much engaged students, and has built a network of friendship here in Chile which manifests itself in all who attend this ceremony, coming from many universities."

The research medical as a labor collective

During his speech at the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Guinovart developed a masterclass focusing on the critical role that biomedical research and scientific work in general, for humanity. A role that is intertwined with the economic and social and, as such, requires the cooperation of an industry that channeling knowledge, Governments with policies aligned to this end, and companies that act as patron.

"Science is essential for democracy," he said, alluding to a society more educated and aware of the importance of science is less manipulable, and you can make better decisions. Thus, also expressed the urgency of a shift in the teaching of science in the elementary school that encourages children and youth to embark on this, "the next frontier; the best adventure."

In his presentation, entitled "Biomedical research, source of health and prosperity", the new Doctor Honoriz cause also referred to the momentum that lives this research field that unites many disciplines, allowing the formation of synergies in areas that favor it; the generation of new knowledge and transfer that affects the development of technologies. Explained, also about the process behind his discoveries regarding the metabolism of glycogen and Lafora disease.

Distinction Honoris cause

MedalThe degree of Doctor Honoris Causa is mainly given to people in different areas of knowledge, which contribute with their work to the advancement of humanity. This honorific title recognizes outstanding actions related to the advancement of knowledge and creativity in the field of the humanities, the sciences, the arts and, in general, to the exemplary promotion of high ethical and social benefit of the University, the country or humanity.

So far, 18 are the personalities that have been vested with this title: Sir Richard Roberts (2014), Pedro Cunill Grau (2013), Dr. Eric Wieschaus and Sir John Gurdon (2012), Mario Vargas Llosa (2011), Nelson Mandela (2010), Claus Roxin (2009), Marcela Contreras (2009), Enrique Valentín Iglesias García (2008), Woodie Flowers (2007), Cristina Gallardo-Domas (2007), Álvaro Uribe (2006), José María Aznar (2006) , Alfred Sommer (2006), Max Pacheco (2004), Otto Kernberg (2003), Per-Ingvar Brånemark (2002) and Gonzalo Rojas (1998).

Source: Andrés Bello University