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Nanda Rea wins the 4th Edition of Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Science and Engineering and Guillermina López-Bendito wins the 15th Edition of Banco Sabadell Foundation Biomedical Research Award

  • Dr. Nanda Rea, PhD in Astrophysics, has been recognised for her contribution to the field of astrophysics, focusing her research on the study of a class of neutron stars with extremely intense magnetic fields: magnetars, a particular type of pulsars.
  • Dr. López-Bendito, PhD in Neurosciences, has been recognised for her innovative contribution in the field of developmental neurobiology, making pioneering contributions to understanding the formation and plasticity of nerve connections during brain development, under normal conditions and in sensory deprivation models.
  • Both awards, each consisting of €50,000, aim to acknowledge the trajectory of young researchers.

 

The Banco Sabadell Foundation Awards for Biomedical Research and Science and Engineering aim to recognise the careers of young researchers who stand out for their excellence and ability to innovate. This year, two women scientists have received awards for their work in fields such as neurosciences and astrophysics.

After reviewing the 39 entries received, the jury of the 4th Edition of Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Science and Engineering recognise Dr. Nanda Rea for her contribution to the field of astrophysics, focusing her research on the study of a class of neutron stars with extremely intense magnetic fields: magnetars, a particular type of pulsars. Her research focuses on theoretical observations and simulations of neutron stars, the compact and highly magnetic remnants of relatively massive star supernova explosions.

Meanwhile, the jury of the 15th Edition of Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Biomedical Research, after reviewing the 55 entries submitted with basic, clinical and epidemiological research profiles, has decided that the 2020 award goes to Dr. Guillermina López-Bendito for her innovative contribution in the field of developmental neurobiology, making pioneering contributions to understanding the formation and plasticity of nerve connections during brain development, under normal conditions and in sensory deprivation models. Her research may inspire the design of tools capable of repairing defective neuronal connections in patients with congenital or acquired sensory deficits, such as some cases of blindness.