Adriana Maggi and Valentina Bollati, researchers of Pharmacology and Occupational Medicine, respectively, at the University of Milan, have won two of the three Telethon-Farmindustria Awards 2017.
Telethon and Farmindustria's choice of winners for the 2017 edition of the Awards, which were given during the event "Whoever said that women and men are the same? Equal opportunities despite differences", had the dual goal of rewarding both Italian scientists who have distinguished themselves on the international scene with studies on Gender Medicine, and experts who have won European Research Council (ERC) funds in the Life Sciences sector, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the European funding programme that especially acknowledges scientific excellence.
A pioneer in the field of biotechnologies applied to pharmacology, Professor Maggi has always been committed to studying energy metabolism and metabolic diseases in female subjects, a framework that also includes her project funded by the European Research Council.
"It is a great pleasure to receive this award" - says Adriana Maggi - "not only because my research team has been given this acknowledgement but, especially, for the nature of the prize, precisely Gender Medicine. The fact that this topic was chosen reveals new awareness of a personalised aspect of Medicine that has long been neglected, despite its extreme importance".
Valentina Bollati, Professor of Occupational Medicine, obtained ERC funds for her study on molecular mechanisms that might explain the increased incidence of acute cardiovascular events associated with exposure to atmospheric particulate.
With a degree in Medical Biotechnologies and a PhD in Occupational Medicine attained at the State University of Milan, Professor Bollati has been directly appointed Associate Professor as winner of the prestigious ERC funds in the framework of Ideas Starting Grant, which is only awarded to the best researchers, whose curriculum vitae includes a PhD.
"I am honoured to receive this prize as a representative of young Italian researchers. My greatest joy is to be the bearer of good tidings. Our work can be wonderful, if we believe in what we do and channel all our passion into it without getting discouraged".
For the ERC's 10th anniversary, the University of Milan too is participating in the European celebrations with an event that will be held on 28 March (9.30 am) at the Dean’s Reception Hall. It will be an opportunity to meet the University's ERC winners, study the details of the University's policies that support Principal Investigators, and come to know about the next ERC competitions that will be published, with special focus on the 2017 edition of the competition organised by ERC jointly with the Cariplo Foundation and the Lombardy Regional Administration.
The University of Milan
Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences
Prof. Adriana Maggi
Tel. 02 503 18290 - 18367 - 18375
Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health
Prof. Valentina Bollati
Tel. 02 503 20127
Research Services Division