The Director of the Bioethics Observatory, an exceptionally laureate MD of the University of Navarra, held the first chair of bioethics in the Valencian community, established by the Royal Academy of Medicine.
Valencia, Monday 29.11.21
Justo Aznar Lucia, Director of the Bioethics Observatory and founder of the Institute of Life Sciences of the Catholic University of Valencia (UCV), He died in Valencia at the age of 84. MD with an exceptional award from the University of Navarra, he has held the first chair of bioethics in the Valencian community, established by the Royal Academy of Medicine.
His scientific and research work has been recognized with the awarding of several awards such as the “Alberto Sols”, for the best research work in the health sciences in 1998, the “Santiago Grisolía” award, for the best research work, and in June 2006 the “Health and Society” award for the best “professional career” For the Valencian Community awarded by the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat or the “Professional Position” award awarded by the College of Physicians of Valencia in 2013.
Aznar was Head of the Department of Clinical Pathology at La Vie de Valencia University Hospital from 1974 until his retirement in July 2006. He has published more than 500 research papers in the field of biomedicine, of which about 300 are in high-profile scientific journals.. and directed in the same field 20 PhD thesis and published 30 book chapters. He has published in the field of bioethics 58 research papers and 4 theses in bioethics.
After his retirement, he launched the Bioethics Observatory, within the Life Sciences Institute, which he has established and directed since the inception of UCV, and which has become a bioethics center for scientific research and publication in the life sciences environment.
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Dr. Aznar is also known for his tireless defense of life, its promotion and for chairing some initiatives for this purpose, such as the Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Associations – of which he was president for 21 years, from 1977 to 1998 – or the Valenciana para la Defensa de la Vida, which he also directed for a term 33 years, from 1979 to 2012. In addition, he was a member of the Subcommittee on Family and Life of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference and since 2005 is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy of Life.
At a time when many advances in medicine and related sciences have taken place, but successive and very serious ethical problems such as stem cells, surrogacy, egg freezing or euthanasia have arisen, he has put his rigor and scientific excellence in service to right and human dignity.. Its unique path is undoubtedly a fortress and a beacon for many researchers who assert that the fruits of faith and reason go together.
The Catholic University of Valencia expresses its deepest condolences and pain to his family and deep gratitude to Justo Aznar, a sign in his constant search for truth with an extraordinary human quality, leaving a void in the university community.
The funeral of his eternal rest will take place tomorrow, Monday, November 29 at 12:00 in the diocese of San Jose Maria (San Clemente, 14. Valencia).
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