Particularly aimed at stimulating high-impact biomedical research in Catalonia, the Daniel Bravo Andreu Private Foundation opened the call for applications for short stays abroad to conduct cardiovascular research.
In addition to basic and clinical research, this year the Daniel Bravo Grants will focus special attention on cardiovascular imaging and non-invasive diagnostic techniques.
When assessing and selecting the proposals, consideration will be given to whether the impact expectations are reasonable and relevant for the researchers and their research groups. In this regard, three broad areas of impact have been defined:
Academic impact. This refers to producing knowledge that will be published in high-impact journals and/or will generate capacity for future research by providing the home institutions with direction, priorities or skills.
Clinical impact. Refers to producing knowledge that can influence clinical practice guides and/or improve medical and healthcare practice at the local level.
Social impact. Refers to producing knowledge that can influence public health policies and/or offer benefits for healthcare systems, such as enhancing efficiency or maximising resources.
As in previous years, the Daniel Bravo Andreu Private Foundation awarded three grants to researchers (in possession of a doctorate, bachelor’s degree or equivalent) who carry out their activity in Catalonia and who wish to make short stays at leading centres in their field in North America or Europe.
In the 2018 call, whose resolution was made public on May 8, the Daniel Bravo Scholarships have been awarded to the following researchers:
Dr. Laura García, researcher at the University of Barcelona and BCNatal (Hospital Clínic and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu), will travel to Ethiopia to join the project “Understanding and preventing fetal cardiovascular remodeling in HIV-infected pregnancies” led by Professor Per Björkman of the University of Lund (Sweden)
Dr. Alejandro Pérez, from the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona, will participate in the project “Prognostic value of aortic dilatation in patients with aortic valve and its relationship with MRI parameters of aortic stiffness” led by the Dr. Ashwin Prakash at the Boston Children’s Hospital (United States).
Jesús Ordoño, PhD student in the Department of Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies at IBEC, will stay at the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering of the Michigan State University (United States) in a project by Dr. Aitor Aguirre entitled “Elucidation of the mechanisms and signalling pathways of lactate on cardiac regeneration”