LATS Senior Awards

Denise Pires de Carvalho

Winner 2010


Denise Pires de Carvalho, MD, PhD is currently an Associate Professor in the Program of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics within the Carlos Chagas Filho Biophysics Institute at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She earned her MD degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1982-87), where she also completed Master of Science (1990) and PhD (1994) degrees in Physiology, under the supervision of Prof. Doris Rosenthal. Since then she has been interested in the understanding of molecular aspects of thyroid hormone biosynthesis and new therapeutic approaches for advanced thyroid cancer. In 2000, she established a research laboratory, doing several important contributions to thyroid research and collaborative work with thyroid researchers around the world (France, United States of America and Italy), including post-doctoral fellowships in Jacques Pommier's laboratory in Paris, France (1995) and in Roberto Di Lauro's laboratory in Naples, Italy (2006). Dr Carvalho has participated in thyroid cancer related research and the understanding of thyroid dysfunction in several pathophysiological conditions, such as energy imbalance and estrogen deficiency. She presents more than 70 publications, including the seminal paper describing the first family with two dyshormonogenetic siblings with goiter related to hydrogen peroxide generation defect in 2001. Besides her contributions to thyroid research, Dr Carvalho has been very active in administrative tasks at the University, being the Coordinator of the Physiology Graduate Program from 2001-2005 and the Director of the Biophysics Institute from 2010 to 2013. She has also actively participated in educational programs at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, working in several committees and supervising until now 29 thesis (14 PhD and 15 MSc) and more than 30 undergraduate students in thyroid gland research. In addition, she has played an active role in the Brazilian Endocrine Society (Sociedade Brasileira de Endocrinologia e Metabologia-SBEM), being the past president of the Thyroid Chapter (2005-2007). In LATS, Dr Carvalho has served as a member of the Executive and Scientific Committee since 1999 and was a LATS representative in the Program Organizing Committee (POC) of the 14th International Thyroid Congress held in Paris in 2010. She is also a member of American Thyroid Association (ATA), The American Physiological Society (APS), the Brazilian Physiological Society (SBFis) and the Brazilian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society (SBBq).