The president of the Mapfre Foundation, Antonio Huertas, On Monday, he received the Medal of Honor from the Royal National Academy of Medicine for his "contribution to improving the quality of life and health throughout the more than 40 years of history" of the social entity.
Joaquín Poch, president of the RANM, has given him this distinction, which since 1999 recognizes institutions and personalities of lifescientific, academic and health, with especially relevant merits that enrich academic life.
Huertas thanked this "prestigious" recognition, that is granted in a "very restrictive" way, which makes him feel "enormously honored", he pointed out. He also congratulated the RANM for "the contribution of medicine to improving the world, especially for the great medical advances that are making it possible to prolong the life free of disability of people".
"Medicine is behind the shift of longevity that is allowing us to live longer, especially after the publication of the human genome that has opened the possibility of cure for many diseases." Behind that progress there have been institutions that have been supporting the investigation, as it has done Mapfre Foundation for many years with different projects ", pointed out Antonio Huertas.
The president of the Mapfre Foundation has referred, among others, to the support of the entity to successfully develop a cell therapy for spinal cord injuries in the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid, which after more than 20 years of work "is close "to be authorized by the Spanish Medicines Agency. "It is not the cure for all types of injuries, but it is the door to the final cure of these pathologies and others, such as brain damage and stroke, we are very satisfied," he assured.
During his lecture, entitled 'The Role of Medicine in the Growing Hope for Healthy Living of the Population', Antonio Huertas He stressed that "thanks to medical science, today is facing most diseases and begins to talk about how to combat them successfully, and that has been thanks mainly to the work done by their professionals."
He has also vindicated the importance of increasing healthy life expectancy, something that in his opinion has become "a challenge that society has to understand and address". "People no longer just want to live longer, but they want to live better, with the maximum physical and mental abilities and, of course, free of any type of disability," he added.