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Flemish researchers win Descartes Prize

A Flemish team working in Aids research has been named one of two winners of this year’s prestigious European Union Descartes Prize. Led by Jan Balzarini and based at the University of Leuven’s Rega Institute, the team was awarded a prize of 700,000 Euro.

The team’s research over the past 15 years has included researchers in six other European countries and has resulted in new therapies and substances for increasing the life expectancy and quality of life of Aids patients.

Named in honor of René Descartes, the mathematician, natural scientist, and philosopher, the prize is awarded annually to research teams that have obtained exceptional results from European collaborative research.

Open to all fields of scientific endeavor, the Descartes Prize aims to raise awareness of the scientific achievements of European scientists, highlighting the benefits of working together and the importance of the results achieved.

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30 November 2001

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