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The CNIO and the Jesús Serra Foundation have launched a new edition of their ‘Visiting Researchers’ programme


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By means of this programme, four world-class researchers in the field of biomedicine will work at the CNIO

The researchers will spend from 3 to 6 months at the Centre to enhance scientific relationships and explore the possibility of embarking on new joint lines of action

On Friday, 24 July, the Jesus Serra Foundation and the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) introduced the scientists participating in this new edition of the Visiting Researcher Programme at the CNIO headquarters. This programme has been designed to enable reputed scientists from international centres to come and work in Spain.

This year, the following internationally renowned scientists have been invited:

  • Marcin Nowtony, head of the laboratory of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Poland, will be joining the Structural Bases of Genome Integrity Group at the CNIO, directed by Santiago Ramon-Maiques. Nowtony trained in biochemistry and specialises in capturing microscopic images of important agents involved in cell biology, which are key to developing new therapies.
  • Eva Nogales is a professor of the University of California, Berkeley; a researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and senior researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA. She will be joining the Computational Structural Biology Laboratory, headed by Alfonso Valencia. Nogales, who also specialises in establishing the 3D structure of biological compounds, has contributed to understanding how Taxol works, an important anti-cancer agent extensively used in breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Patrick Sung, Chair of the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, USA, will be working with the Chromosome Dynamics Group, headed by Ana Losada. Sung investigates the molecular bases of DNA repair processes, which are essential in the development of tumours.
  • Chaitanya R. Divgi, vice chairman of the Radiology Department of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, USA, will be collaborating with the Seve-Ballesteros Foundation Brain Tumour Group, headed by Massimo Squatrito. Dr Divgi is known for the development of new biomarkers for the early detection of cancer.

During the event, CNIO director, María Blasco, offered an opening speech and introduced the researchers and the team that will be working on the project. The chairperson of the Jesús Serra Foundation, Federico Halpern, who closed the event, stressed innovation as one of the Foundation’s pillars and the raison d’etre of this Programme.

In previous editions, the CNIO hosted distinguished scientists, such as Peter Petzelbauer, who worked on the bases of squamous cell carcinoma; Robert Benezra, who worked with the CNIO’s Cell Division and Cancer Group on chromosome instability in tumours; and Mercedes Rincón, who researched the effects of biopsies on skin tumour growth and metastasis.

From left to right: María Blasco, Patrick Sung, Marcin Nowtony, Federico Halpern and Chaitanya R. Divgi. /CNIO

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