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Maite Huarte from Pamplona receives one of the most prestigious awards of the committee European of research

The scientist of CIMA of the University of Navarra has obtained a "Consolidator grant", which will be used to strengthen her research on the mechanisms involved in cancer development

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Maite Huarte leads the research line of long non-coding RNAs in cancer at CIMA. PHOTO: Mariaje Ruiz
05/12/17 11:48 María Pilar Huarte

Maite Huarte from Pamplona, a scientist at the research center Applied Medicine (CIMA) of the University of Navarra, has received a "Consolidator grant" from the European Research Council (ERC) committee research . It is one of the 13 Spanish projects chosen from among the 2,538 proposals from research evaluated.

The scholarship, endowed with 2 million euros, will be used to investigate how the non-coding regions of the genome influence DNA replication, "the most critical step in the development of cancer", explains Dr. Huarte, manager of the laboratory of long non-coding RNAs in cancer of CIMA. This award reinforces the trajectory of the Pamplona researcher, who in 2011 already obtained a Starting grant from the ERC, scholarship that rewards innovative ideas and the curriculum of young scientists in the European Union (EU).

On the occasion of the annual presentation , Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for research, Science and Innovation, stressed that these ERC grants "boost the EU's scientific excellence and competitiveness and contribute to increasing the attractiveness of the EU as a place for research and innovation".

From Harvard to Pamplona

A graduate in Biology from the University of Navarra and PhD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, she did her doctoral thesis at the National Center for Biotechnology (CSIC). In 2004 she moved to the United States and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the high school Massachusetts Tech. In 2010 he returned to Pamplona, where he directs the line of research of long non-coding RNAs in cancer at CIMA of the University of Navarra.