Montevideo, December 21 (EFE). Uruguayan biochemist Rafael Rady, coordinator of the Honorary Scientific Advisory Group (GACH), which helped the executive branch in managing the epidemic, was awarded the first edition of the Grand National Prize for Science in recognition of “relevant achievements in the scientific activity of the state”.
This was announced by the Minister of Education and Culture, Pablo da Silveira, in a video clip in which he explained that this award seeks to honor its scholars.
“It is the only award that the state specifically allocates for scientific work,” the minister said, noting that Radi was unanimously chosen by the jury composed of various references on this issue in the country.
In addition to his distinguished work as a biochemist at the University of the Republic of Uruguay, which made him the first Uruguayan to be appointed by the US National Academy of Sciences as an associate foreign scientist, he has had a prominent role in the fight against the epidemic.
He chaired as General Coordinator, between April 16, 2020 and June 16, 2021, the GACH, which brought together more than 50 academics from the country to advise the government of Luis Lacalle Poe (centre right) on the actions to be taken for control. COVID-19.
Radi’s work and that of his principal collaborators, gastroenterologist Henry Cohen (field of health, care and prevention) and mathematician Fernando Paganini (field of models and data science) during those fourteen months, was recognized by the entire political and social spectrum in Uruguay.
The Grand National Science Prize is named after Roberto Caldero Barquia, in honor of the centenary of the birth of the eminent Uruguayan perinatal physician (1921-1996).
This award was established by decree and awards a prize of $10,000. The objective of Da Silveira is to agree to recognition under the law, to be done every year.
The official awards ceremony will take place this Thursday. EFE
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