Prof Faria (EATRIS Chair of National Directors) receives award for work with brain tumours

Published 17 February 2023

The Portuguese Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica award ceremony acknowledges ground-breaking work on autism, brain tumours and hypertension. One of the honoured scientists this year was Professor Cláudia Faria, who is the EATRIS Chair of National Directors and Scientific Director of EATRIS Portugal national node.

The Bial Foundation awards several prizes in the field of biomedical research, including the Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica and the BIAL Award in Biomedicine. On 8 February 2023, the ceremony distinguished Prof Cláudia Faria – neurosurgeon at Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte (CHLN), a researcher at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Scientific Director of EATRIS Portugal and recently re-elected Chair of the Board of National Directors of EATRIS.

Prof Cláudia Faria was distinguished with an Honorable Mention for the work “Brain Tumors 360º: from biological samples to precision medicine for patients”, which focuses on Brain Tumor Target, a patient-centred platform, aiming to contribute to scientific knowledge in the brain tumours and thereby to improve the treatment of patients.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal, presided over the ceremony with Manuel Pizarro, the Minister of Health, Pedro Teixeira, the Secretary of State for Higher Education, and Rui Moreira, the Mayor of Porto.

Image: Prof Cláudia Faria giving an acceptance speech.

The ceremony took place in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) and saw several nominees such as Miguel Castelo-Branco, who was the winner of the Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica 2022. Miguel’s work “The challenges of Neurodiversity: A Translational Journey into Personalized Medicine in Autism Research”, represents a 15-year vision of the career path of the author in basic and clinical research in the area of ​​neurodevelopment, and in particular, in autism, influenced by his personal history as a father of a young man with autism. Miguel was the winner of the Grande Prémio BIAL de Medicina, also in 2009 and in 2011.

Miguel’s institute Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research (CIBIT) is a leading institution in multimodal biomedical imaging and part of EATRIS Portugal node.

Image: Dr Miguel Castelo-Branco giving an acceptance speech.