Dr. Elías Campo, awarded with the 2016 Rey Jaime I prize in the Medical Research category

Dr. Elías Campo, Research Director at Hospital Clínic, head of the Human and experimental functional oncomorphology team at IDIBAPS and Chair at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona (UB), has been awarded with the “Rey Jaime I” award in the “medical research” category. Last Tuesday the list of winners of the 2016 edition of the awards was announced in an official ceremony held at the Palace of the Generalitat Valenciana, with the presence of the board chairman, Ximo Puig; the president of the Valencian Foundation for Advanced Studies and Vice President of the Rey Jaime I” Awards Foundation, Vicente Boluda, and the Permanent Secretary of the “Rey Jaime I” Awards, Santiago Grisolía.

This award recognizes the contribution of Dr. Elías Campo to the study of the origins, evolution and diagnosis of leukemia. He is author of about five hundred articles, and he is one of the most cited Spanish researchers in the world, according to the list published by Thomson Reuters.

Dr. Campo has led the studies for the complete sequencing of the genome of leukemia and the epigenome of this disease (chemical changes in the genetic material and their regulatory proteins). He has also co-directed a scientific paper that was a milestone in cancer research: the sequencing of the genome of normal cells and tumor cells in more than five hundred patients with the most common leukemia in Western countries, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, with more than a thousand new patients diagnosed each year in Spain. He is currently the elect President of the European Association of Hemopathology and member of the Governing Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium, and belongs to the International Lymphoma Study. Dr. Campo was also awarded the National Research Award in 2013, an institutional award promoted by the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation.

“Rey Jaime I” Award

Rey Jaime I Awards were created to promote science, research, entrepreneurship and social commitment. The winners are chosen by a jury of more than 100 people, all of them world-renowned and prestigious personalities, among them several Nobel prizes.

The prize includes a remuneration of € 100,000, a gold medal and a diploma for each winner, which makes these awards one of the best paid in our country. The winners in each category are committed to invest part of the prize in research, entrepreneurial or social commitments projects in Spain.