Gold Medal for Scientific Merit of Catalonia
The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, has awarded Esther Koplowitz the City of Barcelona Gold Medal for Scientific Merit for her extraordinary philanthropic work as head of the foundation that bears her name.
The mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, has awarded Esther Koplowitz the City of Barcelona Gold Medal for Scientific Merit for her extraordinary philanthropic work as head of the foundation that bears his name, which is dedicated to social works in favour of those most in need and to the promotion of science in Barcelona, especially in the field of biomedical research. Esther Koplowitz collected the medal, the highest honour to be awarded by the capital of Catalonia, accompanied by her family and Dr Vicente Arroyo, director of the Esther Koplowitz Research Centre (CEK).
In Barcelona, her foundation has built, equipped and donated to the city hall the La Nostra Casa residential home in Fort Pienc, which provides accommodation for the elderly without resources, and the Esther Koplowitz Centre, one of the largest private projects dedicated to biomedical research that is fast becoming a benchmark within its sector in Europe. Over 400 researchers from various countries work at the Centre in close collaboration with leading scientists in the study of metabolism, diabetes, obesity, diseases of the digestive system and the liver, haematology and oncology, immunology, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other poverty-related illnesses.
The philanthropic work of Esther Koplowitz extends to the construction and equipping of two homes for the elderly, the afore-mentioned institution in Barcelona and another in Collado Villalba (Madrid), as well as a third for the physically and mentally disabled in Valencia. She donated the Da Vinci robot to the San Carlos Clinical Hospital of Madrid, which now forms part of its robotic surgery program. She has also collaborated in a tactile vision project with the Complutense University of Madrid, has participated in the funding of other disease research programs, and has awarded a number of scholarships to students without resources, as well as building, equipping and donating a student centre from which about 240 young people benefit each academic year.