Bial Award in Biomedicine 2019 Ceremony

The Bial Award in Biomedicine 2019 ceremony took place on march 3rd at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, and it was chaired by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.


The research project led by the immunologist Caetano Reis e Sousa, who leads The Francis Crick Institute Immunobiology Laboratory in London, won the 1st edition of the Bial Award in Biomedicine. The study “Cyclooxygenase-Dependent Tumor Growth through Evasion of Immunity”, was published in the journal Cell, involved a total of twelve researchers of six different nationalities and focused on a mechanism that used by cancers to escape detection by the immune system. The work falls within the area of tumour immunology, a field of study which could help lead to potential first-line treatments, including for several metastatic cancers which are resistant to chemotherapy.

About the BIAL Award in Biomedicine

The BIAL Award in Biomedicine, with the amount of 300.000 euros, seeks to recognise a work published in the biomedical field, the results of which are of high quality and scientifically relevant.

Only works nominated by the Voting members of the Jury, the members of the Scientific Board of the BIAL Foundation, previous BIAL award winners and Scientific Societies may be considered candidates for the BIAL Award in Biomedicine.

The BIAL Award in Biomedicine, has the support of the President of the Portuguese Republic, the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities and the European Medical Association, started, from 2019, to be attributed in odd years, alternating with the Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica.


BIAL Award in Biomedicine 2019



Fernando Lopes da Silva *



European Research Council
Paola Bovolenta
Eva Kondorosi

Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities
Maria do Carmo Fonseca - Vice-Presidente
Arsélio Pato de Carvalho




European Medical Association
Vincenzo Costigliola
Manuel Pais-Clemente 

Scientific Board of the BIAL Foundation
Niels Birbaumer
Menno Witter

Previous winners of the BIAL Award
Vladimir Hachinski
Peter St. George-Hyslop

Scientific Journals
Howard Bauchner - JAMA
Richard Horton - The Lancet

BABM2019 Jury
BIAL Foundation expresses profound sorrow over the passing of Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva, one of the most remarkable neuroscientists of the last decades, worldwide.
The Board of Directors of the BIAL Foundation decided not to replace Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva as President of the Jury of the BIAL Award in Biomedicine 2019, which presidency functions will be headed by the Vice-President, Prof. Maria do Carmo Fonseca.