Neurologist wins Nobel of Spanish-speaking world

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22 June 2005, OVIEDO — Portuguese neurologist Antonio Damasio, a leading exponent of theories about the "emotional brain," was awarded the 2005 Asturias Prize for scientific research.

22 June 2005

OVIEDO — Portuguese neurologist Antonio Damasio, a leading exponent of theories about the "emotional brain," was awarded the 2005 Asturias Prize for scientific research.

The jury chose Damasio, chairman of the neurology department at the University of Iowa, over Spanish physicist Juan Ignacio Cirac Santurain and the joint candidacy of US biologist Peter Lawrence and Gines Morata, a Spaniard.

Damasio uses advanced imaging techniques to reveal the role of emotions in various cognitive processes.

Last year's Asturias Prize for research was shared by oncologists Joan Massague, Judah Folkman, Tony Hunter, Bert Vogelstein and Robert Weinberg.

Since 1981, the Prince of Asturias foundation, headed by Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, has conferred awards for outstanding achievement in the realms of science, technology, culture, humanitarian endeavour, social activism and statecraft.

The prizes, which will be handed out in October at a ceremony here in Oviedo presided over by Prince Felipe, are accompanied by EUR 50,000 euros and a statuette designed by Spanish artist Joan Miro.

The Asturias awards are regarded as the Nobels of the Spanish-speaking world.

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