The last lesson of the man who made biomedicine explode in Barceloneta

Last September, Jordi Camí, professor of pharmacology at Pompeu Fabra University.

A key figure in biomedical development in Barceloneta, gave his last lecture. In a session open to the community, he explored his emotions. Very human reactions that combine biology and culture and that, the professor, accompanied with a touch of magic.

Camí began his connection with Barceloneta as a physician and researcher at the Hospital del Mar, where he headed the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM), now the Hospital del Mar Research Institute, from 1985 to 2005, as well as the pharmacology laboratory. During the 1992 Olympic Games, the latter was accredited as an anti-doping laboratory, supervising tests for sex and prohibited substances. The tests were carried out in the building at 80 Aiguader Street, which since 1998 has housed the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences of the UPF, inaugurated when the professor was director of the university department of the same name, in charge of teaching.

In 1991, during the requalification of spaces for the remodelling of the seafront resulting from the Olympic Games, the old Barceloneta soccer field at 88 Doctor Aiguader Street was classified as a biomedical park. And, fifteen years later, the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park was inaugurated, one of the largest biomedical research centers in southern Europe, directed by Camí since its opening in April 2006.

Moreover, Camí was also the promoter and director of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

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