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Joan Forns receives the first consolation prize of the 2nd Barraquer i Bordas Award

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Joan Forns receives the first consolation prize of the 2nd Barraquer i Bordas Award

On 29th November, the the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) researcher Joan Forns received the first consolation prize of the 2nd Barraquer i Bordas award for his doctoral thesis "Social and environmental determinants of development from birth to neuropsychogical adolescence". This prize is awarded by the Catalan Society of Neuropsychology to recognize research in the field of neuropsychology held in Catalonia.

In fact, this award is intended for neuropsychologists who have completed a doctoral program and defended a doctoral thesis in the field of neuropsychology in a Catalan university.

According Joan Forns said, "it’s a pride that has been awarded my research in the effects of social and environmental determinants of neuropsychological development in children." The thesis concludes that certain social determinants such as maternal cognitive abilities, educational level or social class based on occupation, shape the child's immediate environment and determine their neuropsychological development. Current levels of certain organochlorine compounds, especially polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), measured in blood samples (umbilical cord, mothers or children) show negative effects on neuropsychological development in the general population.

The first prize went to Davinia Fernandez, who now works at the Brain and Mind Institute (Canada), for his work entitled "The vegetative and the minimally conscious states: brain function connectivity and structural abnormalities". The second runner-up was for Julia Blanch Miralbell for "Biomarkers of cognitive impairment and dementia".

For more information about Joan Forns thesis, you may consult: http://www.tdx.cat/handle/10803/96193.


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