An article related to the prevention of anxiety has been selected as the best scientific publication of 2017 in the first edition of the IBIMA-Divulga Awards 2018. This act was inaugurated by the Deputy Minister of Health, María Isabel Baena, together with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Transfer of the University of Málaga (UMA), Juan Teodomiro López; and the scientific director of IBIMA, Francisco Tinahones. Also present were the delegate of Equality, Health and Social Policies, Ana Isabel González, the managers of the Regional Hospitals, Emiliano Nuevo Lara and Virgen de la Victoria José Antonio Medina, and the director of the Málaga-Guadalhorce Health District, Maximiliano Vilaseca, as well as the director of Institutional Banking at CaixaBank in Málaga, Joaquín Ramírez, since Obra Social la Caixa sponsors these awards.

The Deputy Minister of Health congratulated the professionals of IBIMA for "your daily work and your dedication to research and public health, through the 47 research projects you develop" In addition, it has highlighted the activity of the institute in 2017 with 648 active clinical studies, 30% more than in the last five years, with a significant increase in clinical trials at an early age, 152 last year, and an increase in the number and quality of scientific production, with 477 publications. In addition, Baena has highlighted some milestones of the IBIMA as "being part of the Spanish Network of Pediatric Clinical Trials; the development of clinical trials with cellular therapy for ALS; the development of a drug to treat Fragile X Syndrome and perform the first clinical trial in children aged 1 to 8 years; lead a European clinical trial for the development of a vaccine for people allergic to fish; and the implementation of a clinical trial of nursing professionals to improve fatigue in patients with breast cancer. "

The aim of this award is to give greater visibility to the research activity carried out by the Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga, as well as to promote the dissemination of the results of its scientific production and excellence. In this way, the nature of this day is none other than to reward research articles by researchers of the organization that have been published in journals with high scientific impact.

The article that has achieved a higher valuation in the pre-selection and has been awarded corresponds to the study led by researchers from the Málaga-Valle de Guadalhorce Health District, belonging to the Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga (IBIMA), with Juan Bellón and Patricia Morena as authors , and in which researchers from the Research Network in Preventive Activities and Health Promotion (redIAPP) of the Carlos III Health Institute have also actively participated. The research focuses on the effectiveness of psychological and educational interventions for the prevention of anxiety, managing to reduce them by up to 43 percent in new cases.

The work, was published by the journal JAMA Psychiatry, of the American Medical Association, counting on the systematic review and analysis of 29 clinical trials with a total of 10,430 patients from eleven countries and four continents.

Thus, a total of 26 publications have been presented, which have been exposed throughout the morning in different blocks divided into different tables, in reference to the six areas of the IBIMA, such as: Cardiovascular and Kidney Diseases, Oncology-Onco- Hematology-Rare Diseases-Transplants, Neurosciences and Mental Health, Infectious and Immune Diseases, Drugs and Vaccines and Innovative Therapies and New Technologies.

On the other hand, the second classified and, therefore, first runner-up has fallen on the article presented by Fernando Vidal-Verdú, focused on the package of sensors based on FPGA Suite Electronics by embedded processing in real time. The second runner-up corresponds to the article presented by José Aldana-Montes, related to parallel multiple sequence alignment.

The third accésit, due to the adjusted score, has been shared between the publication presented by Javier Monroy, related to gas classification in motion, as well as Emilio Alba, focused on chemoendocrine base score for breast cancer with positive hormonal receptors with intermediate risk of relapse. The three second prizes are valued at 1,000 euros.

For his part, Francisco Tinahones has highlighted the importance of holding an award of these characteristics in the heart of the institute. "The fundamental objective is to make visible to researchers, and to society in general, the importance of the scientific activity of the institute", he pointed out. Thus, from the scientific direction also point to the "great importance of the fact of transferring to society everything that the institute generates", he stressed.

The selection of the 26 finalists who have entered the contest "has not been an easy task", according to the scientific direction of the institute, due to the intense research activity of the members that make up the IBIMA. "Selection criteria have been established to choose publications that have been published in different scientific journals of international prestige, with the participation of the different areas in which the institute is divided," he said. In this sense, Tinahones said he feels "satisfied to have publications that revolve around a large number of specialties."


Selection criteria

Regarding the selection criteria, the first one was the publication during 2017 in journals indexed in the Journal Citation Report (JCR) of the latest available edition, this being a reference indicator in the research field, and the most valued by the organisms of evaluation of the research activity, since it measures the impact of a journal based on the citations received by the articles published and collected in the Web of Science (WOS).

Another scale used in the screening is the percentile that occupies the magazine in the first decile of its thematic category in the JCR, the corrected impact factor and the publication's leadership - giving a higher score to those articles where the researcher participates as the main author -.

The final score was established taking into account the 60 percent around these selection criteria, while the remaining 40 percent corresponds to the jury's decision, formed by the members of the Motor Working Group of the IBIMA. The maximum exposure time for each article submitted to the contest was 8 minutes.

As a result of the research activity of the entity, the number of publications in 2017 was 477, while the impact factor of 2,088.11 points, an increase of almost 22 percent over the previous year. In this sense, the average impact factor has increased considerably, going from 3.7 in 2016 to 4.4 in 2017, maintaining the upward trend in the last five years.

Since the organization of the event are very satisfied by this new initiative with which they hope to enhance the value of scientific publications that have the active participation of members of the institute, thus reinforcing its position in the most prestigious international scientific journals.

"It is essential that initiatives of this kind are carried out to reward the members of our institute by offering them a platform to give visibility to all the work that takes place in the IBIMA", pointed out the scientific director of the institute.

For his part, Juan Angel Bellón said he felt very proud to receive this first edition of the award. "Despite working with psychology and psychiatry, for primary care it is a huge satisfaction to receive this first prize." In this sense, the researcher adds that "anxiety disorders have increased considerably in the last decade and lines of research are needed that deepen the ability to propose preventive alternatives that reduce the burden of the disease."

Preselected publications

Some of the preselected articles, which cover the six areas in which the research groups of the IBIMA are divided, deal with the effectiveness of psychological and educational interventions in the prevention of anxiety, the effect of the neuroprotector of hydroxytyrosol in diabetes mellitus. experimental, the role of the serotonin 6-HT2c receptor for obesity, the chemoendocrine score based on PAM50 for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer with intermediate risk of relapse, adipose tissue biomarkers involved in the early resolution of type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery, gluconeogenesis associated with the level of insulin resistance and its role after gastric bypass, the growth-releasing hormone produced by adipocytes and regulation of liposis through the growth hormone receptor, various tests of different drugs against lung cancer, tera cardiopoietic cellular pia for advanced ischemic heart failure, the association of liver injury from specific drugs, or groups of drugs, polymorphisms and other genes in a complete genome association study, or gene therapy with mesenchymal stem cells, among others .

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