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Professor Elías Campo, winner of the Severo Ochoa Award for Biomedical Research

Elías Campo, professor of anatomical pathology at the UB

Elías Campo, professor of anatomical pathology at the UB

03/01/2011

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The 19th Severo Ochoa Award for Biomedical Research, organized by the Ferrer Research Foundation, has been won by the UB professor of anatomical pathology, Elías Campo. The award, for which the winner receives 40,000 euros, will be officially presented at the end of May, in recognition of the research study Mecanismes genètics i moleculars en la patogènesi de les neoplàsies limfoides. Implicacions en la perspectiva clínica, on the genetic and molecular mechanisms of lymphoid neoplasia.

The jury, formed by members of the Ferrer Foundation's scientific committee, consisted of Francesc Jané Carrencá, a professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona; Enrique de la Morena, former head of the Department of Experimental Biochemistry of the Jiménez Díaz Foundation; Joan Rodés, director of the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); Ciril Rozman, emeritus professor of the UB; Margarita Salas, research professor at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre (CSIC); and Eugenio Santos, director of the University of Salamanca-CSIC Cancer Research Centre.

Elías Campo Güerri (Osca, 1955) obtained his undergraduate degree from the UB in 1979, winning the special award for literature, and went on to complete his doctoral studies at the university. He held a teaching position at the University of Lleida until 1997 and then moved to the UB, where he is now professor of anatomical pathology with the Faculty of Medicine. In the field of medical practice, he has been affiliated to the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona since 1986, where he is currently clinical director of the Biomedical Diagnosis Centre and head of the Haemopathology Unit. He is also head of the Human and Experimental Functional Oncomorphology Research Group at IDIBAPS. 

As an active researcher, Elías Campo is the principal investigator of six current projects, including a study of the chronic lymphocytic leukaemia genome, which was sequenced in 2011. He is one of the most frequently cited researchers in Spain and has published almost 500 articles in the last two years. He has been invited to speak at some sixty conferences and is a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals, as well as a member of the advisory committees of many national and international companies.

Professor Elías Campo is currently president elect of the European Hemopathology Association, serves on the Executive Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium, and is a member of the International Lymphoma Study Group. He also contributes in an advisory role to the work of scientific agencies in Italy, Austria, Great Britain, France and Israel and to international organizations including NATO.

Over the course of his career Dr. Campo has received a number of awards and distinctions, among them the Galien and Elsevier Galien Awards (2009) for research, the College of Physicians of Catalonia's Council Award (2005) and the Generalitat de Catalunya award for research activity (2002).
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