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24.02.2015 08:42

Medal of Andalusia Awarded to Dr Elena González Rey

The Autonomous Government of Andalusia has awarded one of this year's regional medals to Dr Elena González Rey, a researcher from the Cellular Biology and Immunology Department of the López Neyra Parasitology and Biomedicine Institute (IPBLN). Run by the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Institute is based in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS). Dr González Rey is currently heading up the IPBLN research group on 'Immunoregulation in infectious, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases'.

Dr Elena González Rey and Dr Mario Delgado with the 10th Caja Rural Health Science Prize.

Dr Elena González Rey has had more than 80 papers published in international journals and kicked off her research career by studying the molecular mechanisms of parasites. She is currently working on important research on the control of neuropeptides in the immune system and the use of adult mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of disease. She has been working on various projects in the field of biomedicine in collaboration with Dr Mario Delgado and Dr Doina Ganea since 2004.

Dr González Rey has also worked at the University of Seville, where she took part in the 'New anti-parasitic therapies: use of endogenous neuropeptides' and 'Therapeutic use of the neuropeptides cortistatin and ghrelin in an experimental model of multiple sclerosis' projects. In addition, she has worked in the USA, at Rutgers University (New Jersey) and Temple University (Philadelphia). She was also a pre-doctoral fellow at Yale School of Medicine (Connecticut), the Infectious Disease Research Institute (Seattle) and at the Uppsala Biomedical Centre (Sweden).

Dr González Rey is from Seville and has filed four patents, directed four international projects, co-directed two more and taken part in eleven. She has also been a member of the Spanish National Research Networks on Multiple Sclerosis (2008-2011) and Gene and Cell Therapy (since 2013), and of the European COST Action BM0802 (Life or death of protozoan parasites, 2009-2013). Dr González Rey has already won numerous awards, including the European Neuropeptide Club Young Researcher Award (2006), the Spanish Digestive Pathology Foundation Arias Vallejo Award (2006) and the Arimura Travel Award (2013).

Last year, Dr González Rey and Dr Mario Delgado were awarded the 10th Caja Rural de Granada Foundation Health Science Prize for their study characterising the function and therapeutic potential of the neuropeptide cortistatin in inflammation and autoimmunity.