Dolores Corella Piquer, professor of the Universitat de València, has been awarded this Tuesday with the Jaume I Prize in the area of Medical Research. Corella is professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health in the Universitat de València. The jury valued her pioneering research in the birth and development of the field of nutritional genomics.
The juries of the Rei Jaume I Prizes, the best endowed in Spain (100.000 euros), announced their verdict at a ceremony held at the Palau de la Generalitat.
Ramón Martínez-Máñez, professor and doctor in chemistry sciences, has been awarded with the New Technologies Prize for his contribution to the development nanosensors with applications in food and medical technology. The Entrepreneur Award went to Enrique Silla Vidal, founder of the Valencian firm Jeanologia SL. Silla Vidal has been recognized for having innovated in the ageing process of denim garments.
Dolores Corella is group leader of CIBEROBN since 2006, professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universitat de València since 2009 and director of the Research Unit of Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology of the Universitat de València since 1998.
She began her biomedical research career in the Institute of Cytological Investigations of Valencia. Corella has focused her studies in the genomics applied to the prevention of cardiometabolic diseases and specialised in the study of so-called gene-environment interactions. Among the environmental factors, she highlighted diet, and has been a pioneer, along with José María Ordovás, in the development of Nutritional Genomics.
She published more than 325 articles in important international journals and has directed more than 20 doctoral theses. She is currently focusing her research on the integration of omics along with nutrition and gastronomy to provide a more holistic view of health.