Aaron Gitler
3rd PG Award
Instituto Paulo Gontijo (IPG) announces the winner of the 3rd International Medicine PG Award

The researcher from University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Aaron Gitler is the winner of the third edition of the International Medicine PG Award, dedicated to studies related to ALS and promoted by Instituto Paulo Gontijo, an institution conceived by the physicist and engineer Paulo Gontijo which aims to foster the study of science and contribute with the humanity in the development of knowledge in the health field. The study’s title is – “Ataxin-2 intermediate-length polyglutamine expansions are associated with increased risk for ALS” and it addresses the issue of ataxin 2 (ATXN2), a protein polyglutamine (polyQ) mutated in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2, a potent modifier of TDP-43 toxicity in model animals and cellular that are associated with the increased risk of ALS.

Instituto Paulo Gontijo introduces with this award a tradition similar to a Nobel Prize for young researchers working with ALS.
“The creator of this Institute would certainly have reasons for great joy over its success”, said Dr. Mamede de Carvalho, president of the judging committee. According to Marcela Gontijo, vice president of IPG, the award means for us a dream that comes true and we are making every effort to be recognized and make a difference in the field of research and medicine. "To me, personally, this award means a great accomplishment because I know how deeply my father, Paulo Gontijo, wished this act to pay homage to Science. “Similar to other world-renowned prizes, PG Award was designed with the goal of becoming a reference for the scientific community”, Marcela said.
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