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Antonio Zorzano receives the Alberto Sols Senior Investigator Award Basic Research

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Antonio Zorzano receives the Alberto Sols Senior Investigator Award Basic Research

In an act held last April during the XXII National Congress of the Spanish Society of Diabetes (SED) Antonio Zorzano, coordinator of the Molecular Medicine Programme at IRB Barcelona was awarded the IV "Alberto Sols Senior Investigator Award for basic research". Presented by Bernat Soria, ex-president of the SED and former minister of Health, this award is in recognition of Zorzano's career dedicated to the study of the causes and the treatment of diabetes.

In 1991, Zorzano was one of the youngest tenured professors in Spain in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Barcelona. Since 2002, he has leaded the Molecular Pathology and Therapy in Heterogenic and Polygenic Diseases lab at IRB Barcelona. His group is one of the largest in Catalonia devoted to the metabolic processes involved in glucose uptake, especially with application to type-2 diabetes and obesity.

With more than 200 original papers in top-class scientific journals, including Nature and Cell Signalling, and over 1,500 citations in the field of diabetes over the last 10 years, Zorzano’s contributions to the field are not just numerous, but also significant: among his notable achievements is the discovery of one of the first genes involved in the development of obesity in humans. In addition, he was among the first scientists to elucidate the regulation of glucose uptake by insulin, a critical finding that has contributed to the development of treatments for this disease.

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