SCIENCE

Scientific Research

Fundación Banco Santander-CNIO Post-Doctoral Programme

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)


To boost cancer research in Spain, Fundación Banco Santander has partnered with the Carlos III Spanish National Cancer Research Centre Foundation (CNIO) since 2009. This support made it possible to launch a post-doctoral grant programme for young scientists from prestigious institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The ultimate aim is to draw researchers to Spain and facilitate knowledge-sharing in this field between the CNIO and the participants’ centres of origin.

The chosen scientists work at the CNIO on joint research projects with their institutions of origin over a 24-month period.

Young Talent

CNInnOtrain Programme

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)


In 2012, the foundation and the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) began a business training programme for scientists designed by the IE Business School in Madrid.

This programme gives scientists the finance, management, marketing and leadership knowledge they need to advance their professional careers. During the training period, they also have the opportunity of creating innovative projects which, once evaluated by the CNIO, will help to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award

Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom


Fundación Banco Santander and the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom offer the SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award to recognise the accomplishments of young Spanish scientists working in the United Kingdom.

In 2017 the award went to physicist Xavier Moya, who is pursuing his research in the field of materials science and environmental sustainability at the University of Cambridge. The jury was impressed by his contributions to the discovery of new mechanocaloric materials with low environmental impact used in refrigeration systems.

The award—consisting of a sculpture by artist Cristina Iglesias and a cash prize of 14,000 pounds—was presented on 14 December at the Spanish embassy in London.

Debates

Women in Science


On 29 June 2017, when the winner of the SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award was announced, Fundación Banco Santander and the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK) organised a debate on the situation of women in science at the foundation’s headquarters in Madrid.

María Blasco, director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, Ana Puy, director of the Women and Science Unit of the Spanish Ministry of Economy, María Jiménez, chair of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom, and Eva Hevia, professor of Chemistry and winner of the 2016 Emerging Talent Award, explained the obstacles that women face in the field of scientific research.

Partnerships

Fundación Renal Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo


Fundación Banco Santander supports Fundación Renal Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo, a non-profit foundation that provides clinical, psychological and social assistance to persons with chronic kidney disease. It operates 14 dialysis clinics in Spain, which also offer psychological care to deal with the emotional consequences of the disease, and a special job centre that helps patients to find employment.

It also promotes nephrological research via its Instituto de Investigación Reina Sofía. Additionally, since 1993 it has run an international programme to transfer its model of holistic kidney disease treatment to other countries.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Fundación Banco Santander, it was able to create Nefrodiet, an app for mobile devices that monitors the diet of kidney patients, named one of the top five health apps by Fundación iSYS.