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The CNIO participates in the meeting with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

Madrid, March 30th, 2011 - On the occasion of the visit to Spain of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, the British Embassy in Madrid organised a gathering of the most outstanding examples of collaboration between the United Kingdom and Spain.

The Real Casa de Correos palace, seat of the Presidency of the Community of Madrid, was selected as the venue for the meeting. The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), directed by Dr. Mariano Barbacid, was among the eight organisations chosen to make a formal presentation to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The CNIO is one of the five most productive biomedical research institutes in the world.

The presentation to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was given by Dr. Fernando Peláez, Deputy Director of the CNIO, who was accompanied by D. Juan Arroyo, the Managing Director. In order to convey the excellence of the research undertaken at the CNIO, a holographic presentation was prepared containing relevant data on cancer prevalence, which transmitted a message stressing the importance of cutting-edge research and international collaboration between institutions of excellence, as a strategy to defeat this devastating disease. The meeting also served to present the CNIO´s latest achievements to outstanding business leaders, and particularly to her Hon. Mrs. Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Community of Madrid.

The CNIO has a clear international vocation and is highly dedicated to provide an excellent research environment for training the next generation of researchers. The Centre opens international calls for the recruitment of young scientists at all career levels, predoctoral and postdoctoral. Suffice it to say this year alone the CNIO has set-up a new Programme for Young British Scientists, thanks to the generous support from the “Fundación Banco Santander”. This Programme also counts with the support of the "UK Science and Innovation Network", formed by Scientists who have joined from different United Kingdom Embassies throughout Europe. The CNIO will select two scientists who have obtained their doctoral degree from centres within the United Kingdom, to carry out their postdoctoral training at the CNIO for two years – thanks to funding support from the “Fundación Banco Santander”. Once this postdoctoral stay has been completed the CNIO has an obligation to lengthen this stay for an additional two years provided that the candidate's assessment is positive. This Programme aims to promote the training of young researchers from the United Kingdom and to foster relationships as well as collaborative projects between the CNIO and other cancer research institutions in that country.

Fernando Peláez and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

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