The BIAL Award was created in 1984 with the aim of encouraging and promoting highly influential works in the area of medical research. The award has since been awarded biannually, enjoying the support and collaboration of the President of the Republic, the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Recognising and distinguishing basic and clinical research, the BIAL Award established itself as one of the most prestigious awards in the area of health in Europe. Up to its edition of 2016, it has been establishing two prizes: the BIAL Merit Award in Medical Sciences, designed to distinguish an intellectual written work, on any freely chosen medical topic, of high quality and scientific relevance; and the BIAL Award in Clinical Medicine, designed to distinguish an intellectual written work, on any freely chosen medical topic, of high quality and relevance, on clinical practice.
Throughout its various editions, this prize has followed the evolution and trends within the field of medicine, having recognised several works in the fields of civilisation diseases, genetics, molecular medicine, imaging, substitutive and regenerative therapies, and many more.
The BIAL Award in Biomedicine was created in 2017 to extend the scope of the BIAL Foundation’s activity and to recognise the most notable and relevant discoveries in that field. This new award, which is worth three hundred thousand Euros, will be awarded for the first time in 2019 and aims to recognise a work of a biomedical nature with high quality and scientific relevance results published as of 1 January 2010. Only works nominated by the members of the Jury, some Board members of the Foundation and Scientific Societies may be considered candidates.
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.
The awarding of the Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica will alternate each year with the BIAL Award in Biomedicine, which maintains its objective of distinguishing an original work of a medical nature aimed at clinical practice and in which at least one of the authors must be a physician in a Portuguese-speaking country.
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