Salvador Aznar Benitah awarded the 2016 “Premi Ciutat de Barcelona”

By February 3, 2017February 6th, 2017IRB Barcelona

benitahThe Barcelona City Council has announced the 2016 “Premi Ciutat de Barcelona” awardees, the highest recognition that the city gives to its citizens. Salvador Aznar Benitah, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, has been recognized in the Life Sciences category.

The council acknowledges Salvador Aznar Benitah for his research, published in Nature, identifying metastasis-initiating cells through a specific marker, namely the protein CD36. Found in the membranes of tumour cells, this protein is responsible for taking up fatty acids. CD36 activity and dependence on lipid (fat) metabolism distinguish metastasis-initiating cells from other tumour cells.

The award ceremony, which will be presided over by the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the Deputy Mayor for Enterprise, Culture and Innovation, Jaume Collboni, will take place on February 16th in the Saló de Cent of the Barcelona City Council.

More information on the IRB Barcelona website.