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Fundación MAPFRE awards 275,000 euros to promote health and social protection
Fundación MAPFRE has awarded 275,000 euros in grants to promote health and social protection, through the Ignacio H. de Larramendi Research Awards and the Primitivo de Vega Scholarship.
In total, there were 10 prize-winning research projects related to promoting health, insurance and social protection which will be carried out in centers, universities, companies and hospitals in Spain, France, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada.
Among the projects in the health category, for which 213 applications were submitted, one that stands out will be run by Dr. Tomás Vecina, Director of the Foundation for Research, Teaching and Innovation in Patient Safety (FIDISP) to discover the knowledge that children of school age have about the concepts of patient safety and safe practices, and to develop an educational campaign in this field.
Regarding the category of safety and social protection, prize-winners include, among others Patricia Carracedo, Professor of Economics at the International University of Valencia, with the double objective of helping public institutions to distribute resources efficiently and also to assist actuaries in the preparation of life insurance policies and pension plans; and also Luis Eduardo Afonso, of the University of São Paulo, to develop microsimulation techniques that measure the impact of the new pension legislation of that country.
As part of this call, the Primitivo de Vega Research Grant was also awarded that is worth 15,000 euros to the team led by Dr. Nuria Farré of the Cardiology Department of the Research Institute at the Hospital del Mar (Barcelona), with the objective of assessing whether the joint intervention of a cardiologist and a geriatrician reduces hospital readmissions due to mortality through any cause, as well as through heart failure (HF) within a period of one year.