12 March 2020

Emilia Swietlik receives the 2019 Rupert Swift Award

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Professor Paul Corris presents Emilia Swietlik with the Rupert Swift Award.

The PVRI is delighted to announce that the 2019 Rupert Swift Award was presented to Emilia Swietlik, Associate Researcher in Professor Nicholas Morrell’s group at the University of Cambridge in the UK. 

Sponsored by the Rupert Swift Family and awarded to a promising young scientist, who has not yet secured a permanent position as a Principal Investigator, Emilia Swietlik received this accolade during the Gala Dinner of the PVRI 14th Annual World Congress on Pulmonary Vascular Disease, which was held in Lima, Peru, 29 January to 2 February 2020. 

The Morrell Laboratory is studying the molecular mechanisms underlying pulmonary arterial hypertension. In particular, the research is focused on how mutations in the bone morphogenetic protein type II receptor (BMPR-II) - a receptor member of the transforming growth factor-beta superfamily - cause familial pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). 

Commenting on the award, Emilia said:

‘It is a great honour to receive this award. I was deeply moved by Rupert's story told by his brother and father last year at the PVRI Gala Dinner in Barcelona. I am forever grateful to the Swift family for their generosity. I would also like to thank all of my colleagues for creating an incredibly inspiring and collaborative working environment.’
Emilia Swietlik Associate Researcher, University of Cambridge, UK


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