Dr. Ramon Gomis, director of IDIBAPS, awarded with the Creu de Sant Jordi 2013

The Director of the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Dr. Ramon Gomis, has been awarded with the Creu de Sant Jordi 2013, together with 24 other personalities and 25 institutions. The Creu de Sant Jordi 2013 is the recognition that the Government of Catalonia awards to individuals and institutions for their outstanding services to Catalonia in politics, society or culture. Dr. Gomis is an endocrinologist with a long career at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, professor at the University of Barcelona and influent scientist in diabetes, combined with a solid career as a writer.

As a researcher he is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of diabetes. He obtained important achievements and awards and published a long list of articles in specialized medical journals. In the medical-scientific field he has been awarded, among others, the Biochemistry prize Pi Sunyer of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (1985), the Endocrinology award Leandre Cervera of Institut d'Estudis Catalans (1985), the Basic Research Award of the Sociedad Española de Diabetes (1994), the Lilly Foundation prize for Biomedical Research (2002), the Narcís Monturiol Medal to scientific and technological breakthroughs (2002), the award of the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (2005), and the Silver Medal of the Mediterranean Group of Study of Diabetes (2005). He was recently admitted as a member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans in the Biological Sciences Section.

On the literary field, Dr. Gomis has worked mainly theatre plays and prose. He is author of a social drama trilogy which includes Petita història d’un home qualsevol" (Juan Santamaria theater award in 1970), "Vermell de xaloc" (1972) and "Llumí d’or" (1975), his other works "Capvespre al jardí" (1986), directed by Lluís Pasqual at the Teatre Lliure (Serra d'Or Critics Award, 1990) ; “Al fil de la mar” (1992); "El mercat de les delícies" (1996) and "L’espiadimonis", released in 2012. As a prose writer he is author of "Barques i fogons. La Frau" (1990), "Viatge a la Mar de la Frau" (Narrative Enciclopèdia Catalana award 1992), "Cròniques de la Costa Daurada" (1992), "Reus, un passeig per la ciutat" (1994, with Josep Borrell) and "El Gabriel Ferrater de Reus" (1997), a biography of the poet.