Pope Francis appointed Catalin Carrico, A The Nobel Prize-winning vice president of pharmaceutical company BioNTech has become a regular member of the Pontifical Academy for the Protection of Life, the press center in Sincic announced on Saturday.
The announcement confirms that the scientific research conducted by Catalin Carrico led to the development of a vaccine based on messenger RNA (mRNA), thanks to which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2023. Catalin Carrico received many prestigious domestic and foreign awards for her work, and in 2020 She received the Best Public Media Personality Award for the first time.
The Pontifical Rescue Academy, based in the Vatican, was founded in 1994 by II. Founded by Pope John Paul II. The Foundation deals with bioethical issues, which focus on the protection of life. The Academy provides assistance to the Papal State in maintaining relations with international academic life, universities and research centres. It provides the Vatican with first-hand information of the latest technological and scientific achievements.
The Academy consists of up to seventy lay members appointed by the Pope for five-year terms. The Executive Board recommends appointment on the basis of the academic titles and professional competence of the candidates, as well as because they “perform faithful service in protecting and promoting the right to life of every individual,” as the Academy’s statute states. .
Members from different parts of the world are not all Catholics, there are also members of other religions and atheists. The Academy also has Hungarian correspondent members. Tamas Freund, Professor of Neurobiology, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and László Kovács, Professor of Ethics, Vice-Rector of the University of Augsburg.
The Pontifical Academy for the Protection of Life's two-day plenary session on the role of humans in the age of artificial intelligence begins Monday. Participants in the meeting will be welcomed by Pope Francis.
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