CEXS-UPF: "We'll never have just the one single cure for cancer"

CEXS-UPF: "We'll never have just the one single cure for cancer"

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Núria López-Bigas directs the Biomedical Genomics group of the Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB), jointly with the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and Pompeu Fabra University. She has been an ICREA professor since 2006, and has led her own research group since 2011. She has just received the Biomedical research Award granted by the Banc Sabadell Foundation.

At the beginning of this year you won a grant from the European Research Council and now you've just won the Banc Sabadell Foundation award for Biomedical Research. How do you manage to combine such a successful career with bringing up two daughters?

Working a lot and surrounding yourself with great people with whom you have an understanding and who are as thrilled with their work as you are. None of today's scientists do the job alone. Prizes are nominal and I have been given this one, but I don't do anything alone. We are a team of ten people, and we also collaborate with other groups and we are part of an international consortium. It is a task of collaboration with other people.

And how have you managed to reconcile motherhood?

Having a lot of support at home and getting organized. Some days I work from home, this helps me reconcile. Sometimes I wake up at 6 in the morning and, before the girls wake up, I have already got ahead with work. It is a matter of making the most of the time you have.


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