Emilio Lora-Tamayo, Rector of Camilo José Cela University and President of the Francisco Cobos Foundation, opened the awards ceremony for the 14th Francisco Cobos Award for biomedical research. The university’s rector greeted and thanked the members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for attending and proceeded to welcome all attendees to the university, both those who attended in person and those who were watching online, particularly the president of SEK Group, Nieves Segovia and Vice President José Luis Delso, who attended the event electronically.
The event continued with the reading of the certificates of the granting of the ‘Eduardo Gallego’ scholarships. The candidates for these scholarships were Mr. Borja Sesé Ballesteros, from the Balearic Islands Health Research Institute, and Mr. Antonio José León González, from the Maimonides Institute for Biomedical Research in Córdoba, who were presented with the award physically from the Director of the Foundation and Rector of UCJC.
Once the scholarships were awarded, the 14th Francisco Cobos Prize was awarded to Mr. Ignacio Javier Melero Bermejo, professor of Immunology at the University of Navarra and co-director of the Immunology and Immunotherapy service of the CUN, who as Emilio Lora-Tamayo said, “is a leading researcher in the field of cancer immunotherapy, more specifically Dr. Melero is considered an international leading light in the transnational and clinical development of combined immunotherapy strategies based on inhibitors of checkpoints and other immunotherapy agents ”. On the other hand, Mr. Ignacio Javier Melero Bermejo has collected the award from Lora-Tamayo and has expressed his gratitude to the Francisco Cobos Foundation, declaring that it was a great honour and that he hoped to live up to the award.
Having presented the awards, there followed a telematic conference by Pedro Luis Alonso, a professor with a degree in medicine, a Master’s degree from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a PhD from the University of Barcelona, where he outlined the elements linked to the fight against malaria, pandemics and the interaction with COVID-19.