Category: Academicians in society

Master lesson

Alfredo Rocafort, president of the Governing Board of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), gave the master lesson that accompanied the academic act of investiture of the new doctors of the International University of Catalonia (UIC), as well as the delivery of the special doctorate prizes. The solemn session was held in the Aula Magna of the Campus of Barcelona on January 26, coinciding with the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of schools and universities. Rocafort wanted to highlight the high number of doctoral theses that have been defended in this last year in the UIC,...

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Hormones and the female voice

“Women have a significantly higher prevalence of voice disorders than men and hormonal fluctuations make a clear difference” Pedro Clarós, full academician and vice president of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), and Francisco López Muñoz, full academician, have conducted the study entitled “Influencia de las hormonas sexuales en la voz de las cantantes de ópera” (Influence of sex hormones on the voice of opera singers), which will be published by Tribuna Plural, the scientific journal of the RAED, in its number 17. In this complete article, the academicians highlight the influence of sex hormones on the...

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To the rescue of radial highways

Oriol Amat, full academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED) and president of the Catalan Association of Accounting and Management, denounces in an article published by L’Econòmic the rescue of the radial highways of Madrid that has announced the Spanish Government for its reorganization and subsequent public bidding. For the academician it’s inadmissible that already in the conditions of awarding these works the obligatory rescue of the infrastructures in case of bankruptcy is contemplated, which will end up supposing for the public coffers a disbursement of 3.718 million euros, in spite of the fact that only five years the then Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, said that these highways in any case would cost to the taxpayer. “These are operations in which the owners of the land and the construction companies already obtained benefits -said Amat-. If at the end the business went well, the concession companies collected more profits, but if they went bad the State would cover the losses”. The academician also questions the legitimacy from the beginning of a process that the Spanish Institute of Fiscal Studies considers flawed after analysing the prices at which the lands through which these motorways run and their property were purchased, in some cases from the concessionaires themselves , of related companies or some of its prominent members. “For those of us who believe in the market...

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The usefulness and risks of ebitda

Emili Gironella, full academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), doctor of Economic and Business Sciences and recognized auditor, has published with María del Carmen Barcons, professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at the University of Barcelona, the study “El ebitda. ¿Indicador útil o inútil?” (The ebitda, useful or useless indicator?), whose first two parts -of the three that complete it- have already appeared in the second and third edition of the Revista Técnica Contable y Financiera. Gironella and Barcons point out how ebitda is an unofficial indicator not regulated for the International Financial Reporting Standards that has become popular in recent years and that is widely used by financial analysts and large companies and companies or groups of companies whose shares are listed on regulated markets, besides having become a habitual concept of the economic information of our days. Generally understood as the indicator to summarize, in a single figure, a certain partial margin of the profitability of a company, obtained by difference between recurring operating income and recurring costs and operating expenses, which have an impact in the treasury, the ebitda was born in the 80s of the last century as a mechanism of financial institutions to determine if a company generated sufficient business volume to pay the expenses incurred. Although, as the experts warn, “the ebitda reflects only part of the profitability of...

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Microbial agriculture

“From 10 kg of soy, 10 kg of protein are produced daily, while the protein production of 1,000 kg of bacteria reaches up to 100,000 million kg” Maria Àngels Calvo, full academician and president of the Health Sciences section of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), gave last December 13 the closing speech of the academic year of the Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Catalonia with the conference “Producció de proteïna destinada a alimentació animal a partir de microorganismes” (Production of protein for animal feed from microorganisms), an act that is part of the joint program that the Interacademic...

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