LATS senior prizes


Ana Maria Masini-Repiso
Winner 2017

Resumee

Dr. Ana Maria Masini-Repiso graduated as Biochemist at the School of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba (UNC), Argentina. After her graduation she was involved in research and teaching activities at the same School and was Assistant Professor at the Academic Division of Internal Medicine, National Clinical Hospital, School of Medical Sciences, UNC. She obtained her Ph.D. degree at the School of Chemical Sciences, UNC (1982) under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. Aldo H. Coleoni. Her Doctoral Thesis was focused on the interaction of biogenic amines with the thyroid function. In the early 1980's she started the investigation of enzyme systems involved in thyroid hormone biosynthesis under the guidance of Dr. Hugo Niepomniszce, Thyroid Section, Endocrinology Division, Clinical Hospital Jose de San Martin, School of Medicine, National University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. In 1986 she was designated as Full-time Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, UNC. In 1992 Dr. Masini-Repiso initiated the application of cell and molecular biology to the study of thyroid function at the Dr. Hector Targovnik’s research center, Genetics and Molecular Biology Section, School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, UBA. In 1996 she certified as Specialist in Endocrinology, Biochemist Council, Province of Córdoba. In 1999 she was appointed as Full-time Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, UNC and in 2005 was promoted to the position of full professor of Endocrinology at this Department. Dr. Masini-Repiso was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences of Cordoba, Argentina, in 2015. At present she joins the Board of Directors of this Institution.

Dr. Masini-Repiso has published over 50 original papers and reviews in peer-reviewed journals and is author of book chapters. In addition to her work on thyroid research, she has been involved in the formation of human resources for scientific investigation. She mentored post-graduate (Ph.D.) students and supervised postdoctoral fellows and Associate researchers from the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentine. She actively participated in several committees of post-graduated programs. Dr. Masini-Repiso was coordinator and later became chair of the Council of Specialties, Post-graduate School, School of Chemical Sciences, UNC. Currently she is Member of the Committee for Specialist Degree in Clinical Biochemistry (Area Endocrinology) at this School. Dr. Masini-Repiso was Chief of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, UNC, and elected member of the Board of Directors of this Department for many times. She has served as a member of jury in Doctoral Thesis and Professor contests at the UNC and other universities from Argentina. She belongs to the Advisory Committee for Certification of Specialist in Endocrinology, Biochemist Council, Province of Córdoba. Her early research interests were the mechanisms involved in the regulation of enzymes related to thyroid hormone biosynthesis. At present her research group is focused in the understanding of the molecular interactions of thyroid cancer-driving oncogenes with membrane receptor signaling and in the identification of genetic defects associated with congenital hypothyroidism.

Dr. Masini-Repiso has an active role in scientific and medical associations. In LATS she was President (2013-2015), chief of Scientific Committee (2011-2013) and Secretary (2007-2011). She is member of LATS Executive Council (2017-2019) and served in this office many times before. Dr. Masini-Repiso was member of the Board of Directors and the Scientific Committee of the Argentine Federation of Endocrine Societies (FASEN). In the Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of Cordoba (SEMCO) she served as President and Vice-president and was elected as member of the Board of Directors several times. Dr. Masini-Repiso has received research grants from the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion (FONCYT), CONICET, Secretary of Science and Technology (UNC), Cordoba Research Council (CONICOR) and Cordoba Science Agency. Among numerous awards, Dr. Masini-Repiso received prizes to the outstanding Scientific Research (CONICOR) and Research and Academic performance (UNC). Her PhD students have been awarded with the LATS Young Investigator Prize and have received best paper awards (SEMCO, FASEN).