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Esther Koplowitz Centre inaugurated by President of Catalonia Regional Government

04/10/2010

Esther Koplowitz Centre inaugurated by President of Catalonia Regional Government

José Montilla, President of the Catalonia Regional Government, inaugurated the Esther Koplowitz Centre, which is devoted to biomedical research, in Barcelona today. The event was attended by Cristina Garmendia, Spain's Minister of Science and Innovation, and Jordi Hereu, Mayor of Barcelona.
Esther Koplowitz Centre inaugurated by President of Catalonia Regional Government

This cutting-edge centre will enable over 400 researchers at Barcelona's Clinical Hospital, Barcelona University Medical School and the Barcelona Institute of Biomedical Research to develop their full scientific potential.

The 10,000 square metre Esther Koplowitz Centre will provide work space for accredited researchers in the areas of cancer, Alzheimers disease, metabolism, diabetes, and diseases of the digestive tract, among others. The Centre plans to arrange cooperation agreements with the world's leading research institutions, such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Israeli universities.

The new centre is the outcome of combined efforts by Esther Koplowitz, the doctors at Barcelona Clinical Hospital and a number of public and private institutions, including the Catalonia Regional Government, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Carlos III Health Institute and Barcelona University.

The Esther Koplowitz Foundation is funded exclusively with donations from its founder and chairwoman. This donation for biomedical research brings Esther Koplowitz's contribution to philanthropy (including amenities for the disadvantaged, as well as scientific research) to close to 100 million euro, placing her at the forefront of this area.

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