The Clinical and Experimental Respiratory Immunoallergy team receives two presentation awards at the EAACI-WAO Congress

Two members of the IDIBAPS Clinical and Experimental Respiratory Immunoallergy team (IRCE), the predoctoral researcher Francisco de Borja Callejas Díaz and the postdoc Dr. Laura Pujols i Tarrés, have been awarded for their presentations at the 2013 European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology - World Allergy Organization (EAACI-WAO) Congress held in Milan (Italy) from June 22nd-26th. These awards mean recognition for the quality of the scientific work undergone by the team led by Dr. Joaquim Mullol.

The predoctoral researcher Francisco de Borja Callejas Díaz was awarded the prize for the best oral presentation in the section Markers of chronic rhinosinusitis. His presentation was entitled “Characterization of two epithelial cell air-liquid interface (ALI) culture models for human healthy nasal mucosa and nasal polyps”. This is a new in vitro model of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis generated from nasal mature stem cells to study the pathophysiology of the disease and the development of new drugs. The researcher also received one of three travel grant awarded by GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network), a network of excellence with IDIBAPS among its members.

On the other hand, the postdoctoral researcher Dr. Laura Pujols i Tarrés received an award for the best presentation in the section Immunology of the nose and the eyes. Entitled “Deficient glucocorticoid induction of anti-inflammatory genes in asthmatic nasal polyp fibroblasts”, her presentation exposed a study about the lack of expression of three inflammatory genes as a possible cause of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps in asthmatic patients.