12th FERO RESEARCH GRANT and fundraising gala dinner
The 12th Fero Oncology Research Grant summoned the Fero Community once again this year in the MNAC Oval Hall. Dr. Josep Baselga presided over the award ceremony and fundraising gala dinner and Piru Cantarell, Director of Fero Foundation, acted as mistress of ceremonies.
On behalf of Dr. Josep Baselga and the Board of Trustees, we would like to thank all those present: patients, former patients, Fero relatives and friends, doctors and researchers and all the sponsors.
It was a pleasure to have Mr. Antoni Comín, the Catalan Minister of Health, with us.
Fero successfully brought together over 900 people in this scientific fundraising event, a real record for us.
Dr. Baselga delivered a general message of optimism regarding new treatments, but from a very realistic perspective. He also thanked and encouraged the private sector to personally participate in the fight against cancer.
Guests were surprised to find out that the evening included two grants and two winners:
Dr. María Abad, researcher of the Cellular Plasticity and Cancer Group of the VHIO (Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology), was awarded the 12th Fero Research Grant worth 70,000 euros, funded by the Ramón Areces Foundation.
Ms. Paloma García Peña, presented the award to Dr. María Abad.
On this very special occasion, Sol Daurella, Vice-President of Fero Foundation, sponsored on her behalf an additional Fero Research Grant, out of competition and of equal amount, and granted it to Dr. Clara Bueno, from the Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute, for an important study of a new type of immunotherapy for childhood cancer, a type of cancer that occurs in infants but has a protein overlap with certain adult leukaemia. Mrs. Sol Daurella presented the award to Dr. Clara Bueno.