On Monday 17 May, Elías Campo, director of IDIBAPS and of the Clínic Foundation for Biomedical Research, and chair professor of Anatomical Pathology at the University of Barcelona (UB), received the Gregorio Marañón National Research Award in the area of Medicine which is given by Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation.
According to the Ministry, the award was given “for his pioneering contributions to the study of lymphoid neoplasms and the repercussions that his research has had, on both the clinical characterisation and the definition of diagnostics and new therapies for these diseases”. The announcement of the award winners was made in the month of Novembrer 2020.
The research led by Elías Campo, head of the IDIBAPS Molecular pathology of lymphoid neoplasms group, focuses on the characterisation of lymphoid neoplasms and the knowledge of the molecular and genetic mechanisms responsible for the appearance and progression of these tumours. The main objective is the transfer into clinical practice any knowledge that may improve diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment for these patients.
In recent years, his work has concentrated on elucidating genomic and epigenomic alterations (the chemical changes in genetic material and its regulating proteins) in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, mantle cell lymphoma and other aggressive lymphomas. He has also analysed the impact of these alterations on the understanding of the biology of these diseases and the clinical management of patients.
The author of over 600 scientific articles and co-director of the ICGC-CLL Spanish genome project, Dr Campo has received numerous awards and distinctions, such as the National Research Award 2013, an institutional accolade promoted by the Government of Catalonia and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, and the Rei Jaume I Prize 2016 for Medical Research. In 2018, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the United States.
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