Million dollar prize to Cuneese researcher Chiara Ambrogio

After ten years abroad, she opened a laboratory in Turin to study lung cancer mutations and Fortune Italia ranked her among the top 40 scientists under 40

CUNEO – No escape to find better working conditions, but a necessary trip to enrich her personal and professional path: Chiara Ambrogio, graduate of Peano high school in Cuneo and graduate in medical biotechnology in Turin in 2009, returned to Italy after ten years spent abroad. First in Spain, then in the USA, between Harvard and the Dana Faber Cancer Institute in Boston for specialization in molecular oncology. Her commitment has earned her the Career development award, the 1 million dollar award that the Armenise Foundation (created by a family of Italian origin) assigns young scientists to continue their work in Italy.

The new laboratory in Turin

With that figure, Chiara Ambrogio opened a new laboratory at the University of Turin (where she is also a lecturer), in which she carries out basic research on lung cancer. Every day is made up of tests, tests, simulations that, apparently, can appear without results. "The researcher's is not so much a profession, rather a life choice," says Dr. Ambrogio. Months pass, sometimes years when work seems inconclusive, sometimes frustrating, but then satisfaction comes." He is currently experimenting with a drug that has been being tested for ten years and appears to have positive effects against lung cancer.

The problem is that this type of disease is subject to genetic mutations: the award obtained by the Armenise Foundation will fund a 5-year study on the mechanisms behind these same mutations.' In addition to scientific activity, I have to manage purchases of equipment and materials, pay employees, control expenses – reveals the Cuneese researcher -. It will be essential to find other resources to continue: at the moment, a big hand comes to us from donations to Airc, the Italian Association for Cancer Research, which are destined for projects like mine."

Among the top 40 Under 40 researchers for Fortune Italia

Meanwhile, Chiara Ambrogio was included in the top 40 talents under 40 years (in fact, she made them last month, but the list was drawn up earlier) in the July issue of Fortune Italia, national version of the prestigious American finance magazine. She appears on the list of researchers, but there is also that of startuppers, managers and influencers (where is present her very well-known namesake Chiara Ferragni). "I didn't expect it," she says. It is a good responsibility, because I have been joined by names of great scientists, but it is important to give visibility to the research and to make it clear that the sums invested in this sector are not thrown away, but generate work, collaborations, patents, start-ups and, often, positive effects on everyone's health."

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