LATS Senior Awards

Edna Teruko Kimura

Winner 2009


Edna Teruko Kimura, MD, PhD is currently a full professor in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology within the Institute of Biomedical Science at Univesirty of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. She earned her MD degree from University of Sao Paulo Medical School of Ribeirão Preto (1976-80), where she also completed a Residency in Pediatrics (1981-83). She was a Clinical Research Fellow in Pediatrics Endocrinology at the Chiba University, Japan, working mainly in screening and follow-up of patients with congenital hypothyroidism (1983-85). After finishing her fellowship in Japan, Dr Kimura has joined the Endocrinology Division of Escola Paulista de Medicina – UNIFESP, where she completed a Master of Science (1991) and a PhD (2004) in Clinical Endocrinology under the supervision of Prof. Rui M B Maciel. During the PhD program she also has trained in the Laboratory of Experimental Endocrinology at Bern University mentored by Prof Hugo Studer. Since then she has been interested in the understanding of new aspects of thyroid growth, particularly the role of IGFs and TGF. In 1994, she moved to Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo, as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, establishing a research laboratory, doing several important contributions to thyroid research and collaborative work with thyroid researchers around the world (Chicago, Cordoba, Nagasaki, and Madrid) including a post-doctoral fellowship in James Fagin's laboratory in Cincinnatti, USA. Dr Kimura has participated in thyroid cancer related research with interest in oncogene, growth factor, iodine and microRNA. She presents around 50 publications, including the seminal paper describing the role of BRAF mutation in thyroid cancer in 2003. Besides her contributions to thyroid research, Dr Kimura has been very active in educational programs at the University of Sao Paulo, working in several committees and supervising until now 12 PhD students and more than 20 undergraduate students in thyroid gland research. In addition, she has an active role in the Brazilian Endocrinology (Sociedade Brasileira de Endocrinologia e Metabologia – SBEM), being currently the president of the Thyroid Chapter and Editor-in-Chief of the Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia & Metabologia (Brazilian Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism), the indexed journal of the Society. In LATS, Dr Kimura has been served as a member of the Executive and Scientific Committee since 1997 and was a LATS representative in the Program Organizing Committee (POC) of the 13th International Thyroid Congress held in Buenos Aires in 2005. She is also a corresponding member of American Thyroid Association (ATA) and served ATA as a member of Bylaws Committee (2005-2007), a member of Brazilian Cell Biology Society (SBBC) and American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).