The College of Physicians of Córdoba delivers its 20th Research Awards

The Research Awards of the Official College of Physicians of Córdoba have reached this year 20 editionin which they have result winners Pablo García Pavia, Eduardo Fernández Jover and Miguel García Andrades, with the first, second and third prize, respectively. The awards ceremony was held this Thursday at the San Juan de Dios Hospital of Cordova.

Pablo García Pavía practices at the Puerta del Hierro hospital in Madrid, while Eduardo Fernández Jover is director of the Biomedical Neuroengineering research group (Miguel Hernández University and Ciber BBN) in Alicante and MIguel García Andrades is a specialist in Ophthalmology at the reina sofia hospital and Researcher of imbic. These awards, endowed with 5,000 -first-, 3,000 -second- and 2,000 euros -third-, have the economic collaboration of the entity CaixaBank.

Doctor Pablo García Pavía was awarded the first prize. CORDOVA


In a note, the College of Physicians de Córdoba has highlighted that the first prize distinguishes the investigation called Association of genetic variants with prognosis in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Pablo García Pavía explained in this act that “this is a collaborative study of 20 Spanish hospitals, the largest published cohort of patients with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) studied genetically and followed up clinically. Thanks to the high number of patients studied (1,005 subjects ) is the first paper to demonstrate that patients with DCM caused by a genetic alteration have a worse prognosis and that the prognosis varies depending on the underlying genetic alteration.Thus, patients with DCM caused by genetic alterations in nuclear, desmosomal genes and that code for cytoskeletal proteins have more ventricular arrhythmias, more progression to end-stage heart failure, and worse response to treatment than other genetic subtypes and than patients with DCM and negative genetics.The results of the study have opened up for the first time the possibility of treating to patients with DCM individually according to their characteristics. genetics and allow progress in personalized medicine in cardiology”.

The second winner was unable to attend and spoke via video. CORDOVA


Secondly, about second prize which is about the research Complex visual perceptions evoked in a blind person with an array of 96 intracortical microelectrodesthe researcher Eduardo Fernández Jover, a prominent member of the project, transmitted the following through a video: This work describes an advanced brain implant that has been able to induce the perception of simple shapes and letters in a completely blind person. The results of the study demonstrate that the implantation and explantation of this type of microdevices can be carried out safely in humans and that electrical stimulation with this type of microelectrodes is capable of inducing, in a safe and stable manner, complex visual perceptions with great spatial resolution. These results are very encouraging for the development of a visual neuroprosthesis that can help blind people or people with low residual vision to improve their mobility, and even in a more ambitious way to perceive the environment and orient themselves in it. In any case, the authors emphasize that it is important to move slowly and not create false expectations, since at the moment it is only an ongoing investigation.”

Dr. Miguel García Andrades collects the diploma that earns him the third prize. CORDOVA


The third prize has stayed at the Reina Sofía hospital and imibic

Finally, the third award deals with research AAdaptation of gelatin-based hydrogel towards applications of bioadhesives in ocular tissue engineering. As Dr. Miguel González Andrades explained about this work, after receiving his award, “in order to modulate the viscoelastic and mechanical properties that facilitate the ocular application of gelatin-based bioadhesives, in this work we have functionalized the gelatin structure with methacrylate of glycidyl from epoxide ring-opening reactions and we have polymerized this monomer from visible light.The polymer obtained in this way allows us to obtain an elastic and biocompatible hydrogel (GELGYM) with excellent biomimetic properties.GELGYM can be modulated to stretch up to 4 times their initial length and withstand high tensile stresses of up to 1.95 MPa with compressive stresses of up to 80% compared to gelatin methacrylate (GelMA), the most studied gelatin derivative for this purpose. characteristics, together with its superadherence to biological tissues such as cornea, aorta, heart, muscle, kidney, liver and spleen, its suggest widespread applications of this hydrogel in many biomedical areas, such as transplantation and tissue adhesives.”

More than 500 researchers have participated in the call

This year they have received 46 jobsmade by more than 500 researchersup to 20 different countries. The works have been carried out in different fields; Of these, 34 have been carried out exclusively in the public sphere and 12 in a mixed, public and private sphere. A total of 50 doctors registered at the College of Physicians of Córdoba have participated. Some of the specialties to which the articles correspond are: Pathological Anatomy, Anesthesiology, Family and Community Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rheumatology or Internal Medicine. Being the three winning works of the following specialties: Cardiology, Neuro-ophthalmology and Ophthalmology.

Most of them are the result of collaboration between Spanish professionals, but there are also some with the participation of researchers from Bangladesh, Norway, Iran, the United States, Chile or Peru, among others, which makes clear the international nature of these awards.

The awards ceremony, held at the San Juan de Dios hospital, had a large institutional presence. CORDOVA


Broad institutional support

The act was chaired by Jose Carlos Gomez VillamandosCounselor for University, Research and Innovation; Isaac Tunis FinanaGeneral Secretary of Public Health and R+D+i in Health; manuel torralbo Rodriguezrector of the University of Cordoba; Mª del Carmen Arias Blancopresident of the Official College of Physicians of Córdoba; Horace Pijuan Gonzalezmanaging director of San Juan de Dios Hospital; Y Ana Maria Soler Nietodirector of Center of Institutions of Andalusia CaixaBank. In addition, it was attended by a significant number of representatives of Cordovan institutions.

The president of the College of Physicians of Córdoba, María del Carmen Arias, pointed out, regarding the winners, “as a member of the jury I can tell you that we have carried out exhaustive selection work and that we have had serious difficulties in reaching the final verdict given the high scientific level and quality of the papers presented, but I also have to tell you with pride that yours have stood out and shone more than the others for their scientific quality and their clinical applicability, reaching a high standard in meeting these criteria. I give you our most sincere congratulations, on behalf of all the Cordoba comrades”. Arias expressed her gratitude “to all of you who have made this award possible, to all of you for your presence and enormously to CaixaBank for their commitment without which these awards would not be the same”.

For his part, Ana María Soler Nieto, director of the Center of Institutions of Andalusia CaixaBank, sponsoring entity of the awards, exposed: “It is We are proud to be here today, we have been accompanying you in these awards for a long time and we are going to try to continue doing so always, knowing how important the subject of research is for you and for society. This is also doing is banking and thanks to our clients we can support projects like these”.

The College of Physicians of Córdoba delivers its 20th Research Awards