BIAL Foundation expresses profound sorrow over the passing of Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva, one of the most remarkable neuroscientists of the last decades, worldwide.
Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva marked BIAL Foundation’s history and path, having played a key role on its affirmation and recognition. He was President of the Scientific Board of the BIAL Foundation, of which he was member since 1997. Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva was part of the Organizing Committee of the “Behind and Beyond the Brain” Symposia since 2003, and was President from 2009 to 2016. In 2018, assumed the presidency of the jury of the BIAL Award in Biomedicine, created at that time, aiming to recognize a work published in the biomedical field within the last ten years, that translates a work with results of great quality and high scientific relevance.
Luís Portela, Chairman of the BIAL Foundation, highlights the one he considers "a great reference in the area of Neuroscience, a fantastic human being and a dear friend."
The Board of Directors of the BIAL Foundation decided not to replace Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva as President of the Jury of the BIAL Award in Biomedicine 2019, of which presidency functions will be headed by its Vice-President, Prof. Maria do Carmo Fonseca.