The jury of the XXIII National University Publishing Awards has decided to award the prize for the best work of scientific dissemination to the book “Gabriella Morreale. Su vida y su tiempo”, written by Prof. Flora de Pablo together with José Pedro Moreno, María Jesús Obregón and Francisca Puertas. The book pays tribute to the work of Gabriella Morreale, a chemist specialized in endocrinology highly relevant in the history of medicine, who died in 2017.
University publishing houses have participated with 144 candidatures, twenty-one of them in the modality corresponding to scientific dissemination.
Due to the current health crisis, the award ceremony will be delayed until 2021, within the framework of the Madrid Book Fair. The winning works are exposed to the public in the BOE Bookstore (Trafalgar, 27. Madrid).
Gabriella Morreale (1930-2017) was head of the thyroid studies section of the Gregorio Marañón Institute, part of the Center for Biological Research, between 1963 and 1975. Research professor since 1970, during her time at the CIB she contributed together with her group to the establishment of a model animal breeding system for experimentation. In 1976 she moved to the IIB. She became a world authority on the consequences of iodine deficiency and the action of thyroid hormones in the brain. She contributed decisively to the implementation of the “heel” test in newborns, as part of the program for the prevention of subnormality due to congenital hypothyroidism, and to the decision to provide iodine supplements to pregnant women to ensure correct brain development of the fetus.
Jury's decision (in Spanish): link.
Presentation of the book “Gabriella Morreale. Su vida y su tiempo”: http://cib.csic.es/news/other/book-presentation-gabriella-morreale-su-vida-y-su-tiempo