Garvan cancer researcher is the new face of Spanish science talent
23 October 2015
Dr Fatima Valdes Mora, who leads the Histone Variants group within Garvan’s Genomics and Epigenetics Division, has been named a winner in Spain’s Hechos de Talento (Made of Talent) competition. In winning, Dr Valdes Mora becomes the face of Spain’s talent in medicine and science. The marketing campaign begins in 2016, with Dr Valdes Mora appearing on billboards around the world, including in Australia.
The Hechos de Talento campaign is a private initiative organised by Clear Channel and ESIC Business and Marketing School (Spain), along with a number of media companies and communication groups. The campaign aims to raise the public profile of talented Spaniards whose work enhances Spain’s reputation and development.
Dr Valdes Mora is one of ten winners, and is the overall winner of the medicine and science category. The winners were announced at a function in Madrid on October 9.
Dr Valdes Mora says, “It is an honour to represent Spanish talent in medical research. For me, the award is a great opportunity to give my work, and that of my team, worldwide visibility. Also, the competition has also given me the opportunity to meet the winners from the other categories, including technology, business, journalism and more. It has really helped me to realise what great and talented people we have in Spain.”
Professor Susan Clark FAA, Head of the Genomics and Epigenetics Division, says, “We are very proud of Fatima for this recognition of her research work in cancer epigenetics here at the Garvan Institute.”
Dr Valdes Mora is a National Breast Cancer Foundation–Cure Cancer Australia Foundation postdoctoral fellow, and receives funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. In addition, she is a conjoint senior lecturer at UNSW Australia.