The Pulido Valente Science Award 2013 distinguished the article "Polymeric nanoparticles to control the differentiation of neural stem cells in the subventricular zone of the brain", by Tiago Santos, published in the journal ACS Nano.
The published work describes the application of nanoparticles containing encapsulated retinoic acid as a novel and effective strategy to induce differentiation of brain stem cells into new neurons. The formulation developed presents great advantages and opens new perspectives for the treatment of brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. The project was developed at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra.
The award ceremony took place on March 11, at Palácio das Laranjeiras, and included a lecture by the awardee on "Therapeutic potential of nanoparticles with encapsulated retinoic acid for brain repair".
The Pulido Valente Science Award, created by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Professor Francisco Pulido Valente Foundation (FPFPV), aims to distinguish the best published work in the field of Biomedical Sciences, which describes the research carried out by researchers under 35 years old, in national laboratories. Awarded for the first time in 2003, the prize is given annually and has a value of 10,000 Euros.