BioFactors Young Investigator Award


  • If the manuscript is a Research Communication and the first author is a Ph.D. candidate or a Post-Doc no more than 3 years after the Ph.D., he or she is eligible to compete for the Wiley-Blackwell IUBMB Life Young Investigator Award.
  • This $1000 prize will be awarded annually. Research Communications submitted on or before June 1, 2018 will be eligible for the 2018 Award.

2017 Winners

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Hydroxytyrosol restores proper insulin signaling in an astrocytic model of Alzheimer's disease

Mª del Carmen Crespo Lorenzo has a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the IE University of Spain (2010). In 2013 she obtained a Master degree in pharmacological research from the UAM (Madrid, Spain). She was part of the research project “Genetic and genomic analysis in patients affected by Gorham-Stout Disease and General Lymphatic Anomalies” team at the Hospital Universitario La Paz (Madrid, Spain). In June 2014, she began her Ph.D. program at IMDEA (Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies)-Food Laboratory of Functional Foods. She is playing a relevant part in nutrigenomic and epigenetic projects with different micronutrients (e.g. Hydroxytyrosol, bioactive phospholipids) performing in vitro, in vivo and placebo-controlled, randomized trials in healthy volunteers to evaluate the possible beneficial effect that these molecules play on chronic diseases and find their molecular targets, in order to develop new therapeutic strategies. Publication record of shows 10 papers peer-reviewed journals relevant.

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The nephroprotection exerted by curcumin in maleate-induced renal damage is associated with decreased mitochondrial fission and autophagy

Eduardo Molina-Jijón is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Glomerular Disease Therapeutic Laboratory at the Department of Internal Medicine of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. USA. He has received his PhD in the Cellular and Molecular Physiology program of the Department of Physiology, Biophysics and Neurosciences of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav-IPN) in Mexico City under the guidance of Dr. José Luis Reyes. During his postdoctoral stay supported by DGAPA at the Faculty of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), under the guidance of Dr. José Pedraza-Chaverri he studied the therapeutic effect of curcumin in acute kidney injury and the role of mitochondria and autophagy in this process. He is currently interested in exploring a potential link between hypercholesterolemia and proteinuria in nephrotic syndrome.

Eduardo has published several research papers (9 as first author; 20 as co-author) in international journals. He has also presented his work in a number of International and National conferences. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology.

Past Recipients

2016: Richa Rathod for "Beneficial Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Vitamin B12 Supplementation on Brain Docosahexaenoic Acid, Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Cognitive Performance in the Second Generation Wistar Rats"

2015: Shilpa Thakur for “Regulation at multiple levels controls the expression of folate transporters in liver cells in conditions of ethanol exposure and folate deficiency

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Angelo Azzi

Weizmann Institute of Science

BIOF Young Investigator Award

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On behalf of the IUBMB, BioFactors and Wiley, it is with great pleasure and honor that we announce M. Carmen Crespo as the co-winner of the 2017 BioFactors - Wiley Young Investigator Award for her article, Hydroxytyrosol restores proper insulin signaling in an astrocytic model of Alzheimer's disease.

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On behalf of the IUBMB, BioFactors and Wiley, it is with great pleasure and honor that we announce Eduardo Molina-Jijón as the co-winner of the 2017 BioFactors - Wiley Young Investigator Award for his article, The nephroprotection exerted by curcumin in maleate-induced renal damage is associated with decreased mitochondrial fission and autophagy.

More on the winners and the Award here.