Researcher Víctor Quesada wins the award of the Pfizer Foundation to the best basic research
November 29, 2013
The biochemist won the prestigious award for his work on the sequencing of the complete codifying genomes of tumoral and normal samples, coming from one hundred patients of chronic lymphatic leukemia.
Doctor Víctor Quesada Fernández, professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Oviedo, was given yesterday afternoon in Barcelona the prestigious award of the Pfizer Foundation to the Best Basic Research. The prize awards the work in which Quesada and the rest of his team sequenced the complete codifying genomes of tumoral and normal samples, coming from one hundred patients of chronic lymphatic leukemia. The conclusions of the study were published in Nature Genetics, with the title Mutaciones recurrentes en el factor de splicing SF3B1 en leucemia linfática crónica.
In the award ceremony of the prestigious prizes was present, giving the main conference, Doctor Elías Campo, chief of the Unit of Hematopathology of the Clinical Hospital of Barcelona, who, alongside Tenured Professor of the University of Oviedo Carlos López-Otín, leads the project to sequence the genome of Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, placing Spain in the Global Program of the Genome of Cancer.
The Pfizer Foundation has also awarded, in the category of Clinical Research, the work of Colonoscopia vs. test inmunológico de sangre oculta en heces (SOHi) en el cribado de cáncer colorrectal, co-directed by Doctor Antoni Castells, of the Clinical Hospital of Barcelona and presented by Doctor Enrique Quintero Carrión, of the Service of the Digestive Apparatus of the University Hospital of Canarias. The award for Research for Sanitary Professionals in Specialization Phase was given to Doctor Sonia Benítez Rivero, of the University Hospital Virgen del Rocía of Seville, for her work Características clínicas y de imagen con SPECT I123-FP-CIT en parkinsonismo vascular (PV) y enfermedad de Parkinson, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
In the section for best PhD Thesis in Medicine, the award was given to Doctor Mariona Fernández of Seville for her Thesis Características clínicas y microbiológicas de la enfermedad neumocócica invasiva pediátrica, coducted at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital of Barcelona.