BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge laureates Susan Solomon and Jane Lubchenco are not in the business of softening the hard truth: the environmental problems that make up their areas of study are now at a critical stage. Solomon, winner in the Climate Change category, fears that if carbon emissions keep on growing the Earth’s average temperature will stand from 2ºC to 6°C higher by the end of this century, and sea levels will rise by up to one meter. Lubchenco, the winner in Ecology and Conservation Biology, warns that our oceans are being plundered and that fishing is no longer a sustainable activity.
For those in the field it goes by the name of the 10/90 gap: the fact that only 10 per cent of global health research is devoted to conditions that account for 90 per cent of the global disease burden. It was to challenge this imbalance that the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) came into being in 2003. Coinciding with its tenth anniversary year, the organization has been granted the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Development Cooperation category. Its Executive Director, Bernard Pécoul, announced this morning at a press conference that new drugs the DNDi is working on “could drastically change the management of some of these diseases.”
The BBVA Foundation presents the second round of results from its Values and Worldviews study, examining a broad set of perceptions, attitudes and values held by citizens in 10 European countries. After a first part, published in April this year , dealing with views and values in the public sphere (politics, economics), this second part focuses on the private sphere (family, religion, ethics, work).
The Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) and the BBVA Foundation handed over the 2012 Physics Awards at a ceremony in the Foundation’s Madrid headquarters under the presidency of Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, who was accompanied on the platform by Francisco González, President of the BBVA Foundation, and RSEF President María del Rosario Heras.
American scientist Gilbert S. Omenn, Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics, and Public Health at the University of Michigan (United States) will deliver a talk on "The Importance of Proteins in the Development of Predictive and Personalized Medicine” on May 16 at 19:30 in the BBVA Foundation, Bilbao (Plaza San Nicolás, 4).