MADRID 2019 The Future of AGEING

Wed. 22 May, Ramon Areces Foundation AuditoriumRegistration closed

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María A. Blasco

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Among other awards, Blasco has received the Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award, the Körber European Science Award, the EMBO Gold Medal, and the National Science Award Santiago Ramón y Cajal. 

María A. Blasco

Scientific Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group Telomerasa (CNIO).

Maria A. Blasco is a molecular biologist devoted to the study of telomeres and telomerase and their role in cancer and aging. Maria contributed to identify the mammalian telomerase genes and generated the first mice without telomerase. These mice were instrumental to demonstrate that short telomeres are sufficient to induce aging. Maria´s Group also demonstrated that it is possible to delay aging and age-related diseases by activating the telomerase enzyme.

Since 2011, she is also the Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) in Madrid.  Among other awards, Blasco has received the Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award, the Körber European Science Award, the EMBO Gold Medal, and the National Science Award Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Blasco has received three Doctorate Honoris Causa in Spain: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain (2014), Universidad de Alicante, Spain (2017) and Universidad de Murcia, Spain (2018).

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