28th January 2020
NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2020- Francisco J. Quintana, Ph.D., a leading multiple sclerosis researcher at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, is the winner of the 2019 Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research.
Quintana has established innovative research programs that use advanced technology to make significant contributions to the understanding of the immune response and to identify potential therapeutic targets and biomarkers for MS.
He recently developed a new research platform to identify gene-environment interactions that control central nervous system inflammation that drives the damage that occurs in MS. The studies identified novel pathways involved in the regulation of this inflammation. Moreover, these studies map out a novel way to systematically investigate environmental factors in MS and other diseases. “I am deeply honored to be selected for the Barancik Prize, and thank the Award Committee for recognizing our work,” said Quintana.
“Professor Quintana collaborates on a global scale to apply creative approaches to very complex questions about what triggers brain inflammation in multiple sclerosis and to find ways to stop it,” said Bruce Bebo, Ph.D., executive vice president at the National MS Society, which administers the award. “He has earned the Barancik Prize for being highly resourceful in applying advanced technologies to make progress toward developing new treatment approaches, especially for progressive forms of MS.”
Quintana earned a diploma in biology from the University of Buenos Aires and a doctorate in immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Weizmann Institute and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Neurology at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, an Associate Member at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and incoming president of the International Society of Neuroimmunology. His awards are numerous, including Young Investigator Awards in Ireland and Italy, a Pathway to Independence Award from NIAID/NIH, and recipient of a National MS Society Harry Weaver Scholar Award. He has trained more than 30 young investigators, and participates in several programs focused on training scientists from underrepresented minorities.
Quintana will receive the award and deliver the Barancik Prize lecture at the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) Forum on Feb. 27 in West Palm Beach, Florida.