Winners of the Research Awards

Winners of the 3rd edition

Mª. Carmen Collado

 

Winner of the Clinical category (joint winner)

 

Agricultural Engineer (2000) and Graduate in Food Science and Technology (2002) from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). In January 2005, she completed a PhD from the UPV and won the Extraordinary PhD Prize. She completed a postdoctorate at the Functional Food Forum (FFF) at the University of Turku (2005-2007), Finland, and at the Complutense University of Madrid (2007).

Currently, she is Scientific Research Fellow of the CSIC in the Group of Tactical and Probiotic Bacteria at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC). Since 2007 she has been an assistant professor at the University of Turku (Finland). Dr. Collado also participates in various specialisation courses, including on Master’s degrees at the UPV, University of Valencia (UV) and University of Turku (Finland).

Her research is framed by forming associations between human microbiota, food and health in the maternal and child binomial. More specifically, her team investigates the impacts of early exposure (perinatal, environmental and genetic factors) on the microbiota as well as components specific to breast milk (including immune markers, metabolites, oligosaccharides, microbiota), and the impacts of these on the health of the child and the future adult.

Borja Ibáñez

 

Winner of the Clinical category (joint winner)

 

A cardiologist at the Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz in Madrid, and group leader at CIBER on cardiovascular diseases (CIBERCV), Dr. Ibáñez is a world opinion leader in the field of heart disease. He has been chosen by the European Cardiology Society as the chairman of the clinical practice guides for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. His speciality is “Anthracycline cardiotoxicity: development of therapies aimed at mitochondrial protection. From mechanism to the patient.”

He has published more than 240 scientific articles, half of them as lead author, in top journals such as Science, The Lancet, JACC, European Heart Journal, Nature Communications, among others.

Dr. Ibáñez leads research in the field of myocardial diseases, in particular acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and cardiotoxicity associated with cancer treatments.

In this regard, one of his lines of research is to develop a new therapeutic intervention aimed at reducing the prevalence of chronic heart failure in cancer survivors. A clinical trial is currently underway to this end, in which a new bioimaging marker will be validated that can identify very early stages of heart damage in patients undergoing anticancer therapy.

He is also the principal investigator of a major international clinical trial (REBOOT, with 8,500 post-infarction patients) that will change treatment guidelines for this condition around the world. His most recent research includes leadership of a clinical trial in 7 European countries testing this therapy in lymphoma patients (RESILIENCE).

Recent awards Dr. Ibáñez has received include the ‘Young Talent’ Award at the 6th edition of the Constantes y Vitales Biomedical Research Awards, the Prince of Girona Award, the FPdGi Scientific Research Award, and the Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Biomedical Research.

Rubén Nogueiras

 

Winner of the Basic category

 

Professor and researcher on the Oportunius Programme at the Singular Centre for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases (CIMUS) of the University of Santiago de Compostela, where he coordinates the Molecular Metabolism group. Dr. Nogueiras completed a degree in Biology in 1995 and a PhD in 1999 under the supervision of Professor Carlos Diéguez at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He then completed postdoctorates in Germany, Switzerland and the USA under the supervision of Professor Matthias Tschöp. He was then reinstated in the Spanish research system through the Ramón y Cajal Programme in 2009.

His career has always focused on the study of molecular mechanisms involved in obesity, a pandemic disease with a particularly high economic, social and health cost. The main lines of research of his group include:

  • Investigating the mechanisms involved in the interaction between the central nervous system and peripheral organs to regulate energy balance. This has led to the identification of various factors involved in this interaction, including several gastrointestinal hormones, melanin-concentrating hormone, dopamine and the p53 gene.
  • His team has recently been working to identify new mechanisms involved in the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a disease closely linked to obesity whose prevalence is steadily increasing and for which there is no treatment.
Winners of the 2nd edition

Raúl Zamora

Private foundation of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute and of the Catalan Institute of Oncology

Raúl Zamora Ros is part of the team of researchers from the private foundation Bellvitge Biomedical Research institute (IDIBELL). He received this award for his research work in the field of clinical research, and in particular for his research work “Dietary polyphenols and their effects on obesity markers”, which assesses the association between exposure to polyphenols and obesity markers, as well as their effect on health parameters and weight loss during a slimming treatment.

Salvador Aznar

Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona (IRB Barcelona)

Salvador Aznar Benitah, from the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and the Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona (IRB Barcelona), was chosen for his extensive work in the field of basic research, and in particular for his research on the “Impact of dietary fatty acids on metastasis-initiating cells”. This project aims to delve into recent discoveries on metastasis-initiating cells with high levels of the fatty acid receptor CD36. The research team hopes to obtain essential information on the mechanisms of metastasis and how they are influenced by diet. This point is important since Western diets have a large intake of fatty acids, and metastasis is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

Ganadores de la 1.ª edición

Dra. Guadalupe Sabio

Scientist and professor, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Extremadura with an Extraordinary Prize (2000) and a PhD from the Medical Research Council.

She worked as a research associate at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Massachusetts (Worcester, United States), until 2009 when she returned to Spain under a Ramón y Cajal contract to study diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. In 2011 she joined the CNIC, where she leads the research group on this subject. In 2018 she received the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Award for her professional career, presenting a project on the role of mitogen-activated protein kinases in regulating the signalling pathways involved in metabolism, cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis.

Dr. Pablo Pérez

Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Córdoba (1997), specialist in Internal Medicine at the Reina Sofía University Hospital.

Professor of Medicine at the University of Cordoba, he is currently working as a principal investigator at the Maimonides Institute for Biomedical Research. His scientific activity has focused on the study of clinical nutrigenomics, focusing on gene-environment interaction, including intestinal microbioma and somatic genomes, biomodulation of cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. He won the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Award for his professional career with a project on the role of the Mediterranean diet in improving mild cognitive impairment through the modulation of neuropeptides, fatty acids, markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in the microbiota, intestine and brain.