ACADEMIC RECEIVED AWARD FOR WORK ON ORAL CANCER

CÉSAR RIVERA, REPRESENTS OUR UNIVERSITY IN A RESEARCH GROUP IN BRAZIL THAT HAS JUST WON AN IMPORTANT RECOGNITION IN THE ONCOLOGY AREA.



September 9, 2016

The “Octavio Frias de Oliveira” award was given in Brazil to research work on oral cancer, in which Cesar Rivera, academic from the Universidad de Talca, participates. The work showed that saliva from patients can be used to assess the progression of the disease and was published in the "Scientific Reports" journal, belonging to the Nature Group.

This is one of the 10 most common cancers worldwide, with late clinical detection, poor prognosis and with high-cost therapeutic alternatives, said Rivera. However, his expectation is that the mentioned fluid can be used in clinical practice to assist in therapeutic decisions. It is the first time that a dental team gets this honor, awarded by the Institute of Cancer in the State of São Paulo (Icesp) in conjunction with the Folha publishing group.

Cesar Rivera, who is completing his PhD at the Universidad de Campinas, participated in the aforementioned work as an academic from UTALCA, putting our Academic Institution in a leading position, since it is the only University outside of Brazil linked to research in that area. In that sense, the academic said that our Corporation has been constantly highlighted at the national e international level, with proposals and hypothesis that link basic biomedical sciences with specific problems of oral pathology.

"The analysis showed that the saliva of patients with oral cancer has alterations that can help define the prognosis and guide the treatment of this disease," said the researcher.

He added that the analysis by mass spectrometry of the proteins -that are fragmented in smaller molecules - present in the saliva of three groups of patients -with active injuries of oral cancer, without active injuries after the surgery and healthy ones-, showed significant differences between them.

"In the results, 38 exclusive proteins were identified in those individuals with active injuries and five found only in the group without injury. The most interesting thing of this analysis, and where my personal contribution to this line of research lies, was in showing that the protein called Ppia iwas shown to be related with a worse prognosis for the disease when it appeared in low amounts", he explained.

In his view, proposals such as the aforementioned one may be developed in the future at the Universidad de Talca, around such diseases or others of relevance to the region and the country. "In our University academic and clinical spaces exist and are expanding, as is the case of the Master’s degree program in biomedical sciences with specialization in Oral Pathology and the PhD program in biomedical sciences," he explained.

The Dean of the Department of Health Sciences, Carlos Padilla, shared this assessment, emphasizing that "the return of Cesar Rivera opens the possibility of training advanced human capital in a new area of the PhD in Biomedical Sciences program".

Along with valuing the obtaining of the award, the Dean highlighted the talent of the academic who already has near ten publications in Brazilian mainstream indexed journals.



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