The doctors Guadalupe Sabio Buzo and Pablo Pérez Martínez are the first-place winners of the Jesús Serra Foundation 1st Research Prize for their career in research within the nutrition, food and health sectors.
Dra. Guadalupe Sabio Buzo
National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC, in Spanish).
A Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Extremadura in 2000, she did her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Ana Cuenda and jointly with the University of Extremadura and the Protein Phosphorylation Unit MRC in Dundee (United Kingdom), on the redundant function of p38-gamma and p38-delta.
She worked as a researcher in the Medicine Faculty of the University of Massachusetts (Worcestor, United States), until she went back to Spain in 2009 with a contract from Ramón y Cajal to study illnesses associated to obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses and cancer.
In 2011 she joined the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC), where she directs a research team on illnesses related to obesity.
She has produced a wide range of publications in scientific magazines of a high impact such as Nature, Cell Metabolism, Blood, Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has participated in highly relevant science forums as a guest.
Research project: the role of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in regulating signalling pathways implicated in metabolism, cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis.
Dr. Pablo Pérez Martínez
Maimónides Institute for Biomedical Research of Córdoba (IMIBIC)
A Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Córdoba in 1997, he is a professor of Medicine at the University of Córdoba and specialist doctor of Internal Medicine at the Reina Sofía University Hospital, also in Córdoba. Likewise, he is the lead investigator at the Maimónides Institute for Biomedical Research of Córdoba, leading various research, amongst which is “The Mediterranean Diet associated to probiotics improves cognitive capacity in patients with slight cognitive deterioration, modulating the microbiota-intestine-brain axis”, funded by the Carlos III Health Institute. With this research he has obtained three consecutive projects from the Health Research Foundation (FIS) and he collaborates on several projects funded by the European Union.
His scientific activity has been concentrated upon the study of the Clinical Nutrigenomics, focused on the genes-environment interaction, including the intestinal microbiome and the somatic genome, in the biomodulation of cardiovascular illnesses and in diabetes. He is the author of multiple scientific articles published in high impact magazines and he participates in projects concerning education innovation.
Research project: the role of the Mediterranean Diet in improving slight cognitive deterioration through the modulation of neuropeptides, fatty acids, oxidative stress markers and inflammation in the microbiota, intestine and brain.