The Barcelona City Council has been calling these awards for more than 60 years to recognize the contributions of exceptional people linked to the city. This year, the prize in the life sciences category, worth 9,500 euros, went to Böke for her work in understanding the mechanisms that explain how human eggs have the ability to remain healthy for decades without losing the ability to reproduce.
Catalan and European recognition
This same research on how human eggs have the ability to survive up to 50 years in the ovaries without losing their ability to create life, has been supported by the European Research Council (ERC) with one of the 321 ‘Consolidator‘ grants, worth of 2 million euros. Thanks to this support, Böke’s lab will continue to study the alternative metabolic pathways to generate energy that they have discovered in oocytes.
The ERC ‘Consolidator’ grant follows an ERC ‘Starting Grant’ awarded to Böke in 2017. More recently, Böke was also selected by EMBO’s ‘Young Investigator Programme‘, and was nominated for the 2023 La Vanguardia de la Ciencia Award.