O Centro de Investigação Champalimaud, a inaugurar brevemente na zona de Pedrouços, foi alvo de uma reportagem no New York Times, sob o título “Portugal, on the Medical Map”.
«“No stone has been left unturned to make this one of the world’s top cancer research centers,” said Raghu Kalluri, a professor of medicine at Harvard University who is director of the Champalimaud cancer center. “We’ve recently been seeing people returning from the U.S. to India and China in waves, but the same thing should now happen in Lisbon, because this place is really designed to attract the best worldwide.”
Just as unusual for Europe is the philanthropy behind the project. António Champalimaud displayed business acumen but little public charity during his lifetime. When he died in 2004, however, he allocated in his will a quarter of his wealth to medical research, with a person almost unknown to him left in charge of disbursing the money.
Mr. Champalimaud’s donation was “a huge surprise for everybody in Portugal,” said Leonor Beleza, who was picked by Mr. Champalimaud to lead his foundation.»
Foto de Joao Pedro Marnoto para o International Herald Tribune.