The Fundación Jesús Serra has called the 2nd edition of the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards. This awards aims to promote, highlight and disseminate research of excellence conducted in Spain on diet, nutrition and health, thus acknowledging the dedication of scientists and the progress achieved in these fields.
The influence of exogenous nutrition on healthy growth and development is well documented. This direct link confirms that lifestyle and diet play an essential role in disease prevention and the improvement in the prognosis of some illnesses.
The Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards is aimed at Spanish researchers under 45 years of age who have over three years' experience conducting research projects in Spain. Candidates for this awards must be nominated by professionals in good standing from universities, hospitals or research centres in Spain.
The jury is formed by prestigious professionals in the fields of medicine and biology from leading national and international research centres. The jury of the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards is chaired by Dr. María Blasco, director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (National Cancer Research Centre, CNIO).
Dr. Guadalupe Sabio Buzo
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (National Centre for Cardiovascular Research, CNIC)
After graduating in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Extremadura in 2000, she completed her PhD on the redundant function of p38-gamma and p38-delta, under the guidance of Dr. Ana Cuenda and jointly at the University of Extremadura and at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit in Dundee (United Kingdom).
She worked as an associate researcher in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts (Worcester, USA) until she returned to Spain in 2009 with a contract with Ramón y Cajal to study diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
In 2011, she joined the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (National Centre for Cardiovascular Research, CNIC), where she leads a research group on illnesses related to obesity.
She has written a large number of publications for high-impact scientific journals, such as Nature, Cell Metabolism, Blood, Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and she has participated as a guest in major scientific forums.
Research project: the role of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPKs) in the regulation of signalling pathways which are involved in metabolism, cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis.
Dr. Pablo Pérez Martínez
Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba (Córdoba Maimonides Institute of Biomedical Research, IMIBIC)
Having graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Córdoba in 1997, he is a senior professor of Medicine at the University of Córdoba and a specialist doctor in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital Reina Sofía, also in Córdoba. He is also the lead researcher at the Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba (Córdoba Maimonides Institute of Biomedical Research, IMIBIC), where he leads various research projects, including a project entitled ‘The Mediterranean Diet associated with probiotics improves cognitive skills in patients with slight cognitive deterioration, modulating the microbiota-intestine-brain axis’, which is financed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Carlos III Institute of Health). With this research, he has obtained three consecutive projects from the Fondo de Investigación en Salud (Health Research Fund, FIS), and he collaborates in various projects financed by the European Union.
His scientific activity has revolved around the study of Clinical Nutrigenomics, focusing on the interaction between genes and environment, including the intestinal microbiome and the somatic genome, in the biomodulation of cardiovascular disease and in diabetes. He is the author of numerous scientific articles published in high-impact journals and he participates in projects related to innovation in education.
Research project: the role of the Mediterranean Diet in the improvement of slight cognitive deterioration, through the modulation of neuropeptides, fatty acids, oxidative stress markers and inflammation markers in the microbiota, intestine and brain.