The Generalitat of Catalonia has announced today that Dr. Bonaventura Clotet is one of the 27 personalities distinguished with the 'Creu de St. Jordi' this year. According to what the Government highlights in a statement, Clotet has been awarded "for being one of the most internationally renowned HIV researchers. In his work at the head of the Institute for AIDS Research IrsiCaixa and the Fight AIDS Foundation he has consolidated a team of over a hundred people to treat this pandemic. He also is remarkable for boosting new strategies for research funding from philanthropic activities to the creation of public-private partnerships. "
The 'Creu de Sant Jordi' is one of the highest awards that a person can receive from the Government of Catalonia. The award was created in 1981 in order to distinguish the natural or legal persons who, on their merits, have rendered outstanding services in Catalonia.
This year the award honors 27 individuals and 13 entities, as the Generalitat states, "highlighted for their services to Catalonia in defense of its identity or, more generally, in the civic and cultural fields". Besides Dr. Clotet, other scientists awarded this year are the neurologist Mercè Boadaand the telecommunications engineer Mateo Valero. They have also been awarded, among others, the cook Ada Parellada, the actor Carles Canut, the writer Josefa Contijoch, the sculptor Emili Armengol, the 'Associació de Familiars i Amics de Nens Oncològics de Catalunya' (AFANOC), the 'Fundació La Marató de TV3' and the 'Fundació Pere Tarrés'.