Awards and Honors

May 2012

Winners of the Sixth annual PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence

PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence, 2011

Tania Rodríguez Ramos, Yamila Carpio González, Mario P. Estrada García, Carlos Pendón, Jorge Bolívar and Laida Ramos Trujillo
with contributions also from
Tirso Pons, Omar Farnós, Georgina Espinosa, Concepción Iglesias, Iván Sánchez de Melo, Yassel Ramos, Joge Hernández López and Teresa Gollas Galván

In recognition of excellence in Marine Biotechnology
For their important contribution to our knowledge about nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and its role in the immune system in crustaceans. Specifically, they reported the first isolation, characterization and functional analysis of a previously unstudied NOS gene of the lobster Panulirus argus. Their research also produced the first anti-NOS antibodies for a crustacean, a valuable contribution towards future studies of this system.

Congratulations to this Cuban/Spanish team!

May 2011

Winner of the fifth annual PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence

PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence, 2010

Annalaura Mancia

In recognition of excellence in Marine Biotechnology
Specifically: her recent body of work on the molecular biology of marine mammals, including studies on their immune response to anthropogenic stressors and contaminants, and a comprehensive species-specific DNA microarray, featuring almost 25,000 genes, developed from 6 different dolphin tissues, which provides the scientific community with a powerful new molecular tool for a variety of further studies.

Congratulations to Annalaura

May 2010

Winners of the fourth annual PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence

PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence, 2009

Jannel Acosta Alba, Yamila Carpio González and Mario P. Estrada García
with contributions also from
Reynold Morales, Odalys Ruis, Vladimir Besada, Aniel Sánchez, Fidel Herrera, Eduardo Martínez, Jorge Valdés and Carlos Borroto

In recognition of excellence in Marine Biotechnology
Specifically: two publications, "Recombinant truncated tilapia growth hormone enhances growth and innate immunity in tilapia fry (Oreochromis sp.)" (2008) Gen.Comp. Endocrinol. 157:49-57 and "Tilapia somatotropin polypeptides: potent enhancers of fish growth and innate immunity" (2009) Biotecnol. Apl. 26:1-6; and a patent, "Growth-stimulating polypeptides for use in fish and crustaceans" (EP200060753160) as well as related research towards development of a commercial biotechnology product derived from this work.

Congratulations also to this Cuban team!

May 2009

Winners of the third annual PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence

PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence, 2008

Juana M. Lugo González, Yamila Carpio González and Mario P. Estrada García
with contributions also from
Reynold Morales, Alina Rodríguez, Antonio Morales, Osmany González, Jannel Acosta, Fidel Herrera, Vladimir Besada and Aniel Sánchez

In recognition of excellence in Marine Biotechnology
Specifically, the publication: “A novel recombinant pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) from teleost fish: working towards new avenues for enhancing the productivity of aquaculture” Fish & Shellfish Immunology 25 (2008) 439–445, related research on PACAP, and the patented (WO 20071059714 A1) biotechnology product derived from this work

Congratulations to the Cuban team!

May 2008

Winner of the second annual PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence

PAMBA's judging committee chose: Dr Sergio H. Marshall Gonzalez as the winner of PAMBA'sMarine Biotechnology Award of Excellence, in recognition of his leadership in fund raising, organizing, and hosting the "Simposio Internacional de Biotecnología Marina en el Hemisferio Sur - Waking up a Sleeping Beauty", 9-13 December 2007 in Viña del Mar, Chile, and in laying the ground work for ensuing workshops planned for 2008.

May 2007

Winners of the first annual PAMBA Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence

PAMBA's judging committee chose: V.M. Bricelj, L. Connell, K. Konoki, S. P. MacQuarrie, T. Scheuer, W. A. Catterall, and V. L. Trainer, 2005: “ Sodium channel mutation responsible for saxitoxin resistance in clams increases risk of PSP ”. Nature 434: 763-767 as the winner of PAMBA'sMarine Biotechnology Award of Excellence.

The Committee felt that a second paper should be recognized for its innovation. Accordingly, they requested, and received from the Board, permission to award a second-place prize to: K. S. Solanky ,I. W. Burton , S. L. MacKinnon , J. A. Walter , and A. Dacanay, 2005: “Metabolic changes in Atlantic salmon exposed to Aeromonas samonicida detected by 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of Plasma” . Dis Aquat Org 65: 107-114.

The winners will receive $500 US and a certificate. The second prize is $100 US and a certificate.

November 2006

A team led by Dr. Emilien Pelletier has succeeded in obtaining "level one" funding in a competition for a major strategic grant in Canada. This funding will help the team to meet and prepare a full proposal. The group invites resarchers involved in the field of marine biomaterials worldwide to communicate with them to develop international cooperation. Contact emilien_pelletieratuqar.qc.ca (replace "at" with @).

October 2005

New research will develop tools to limit MSX parasite in shellfish

AquaNet, Canada's research network in aquaculture www.aquanet.ca , recently announced funding of $338,000 over two years for research on t he infectious shellfish disease MSX (Multinucleated Spherical X) in the Bras d'Or Lakes, Nova Scotia, Canada. I n recent years, MSX has resulted in mass mortality of oysters and poses a serious threat to oyster fisheries and aquaculture throughout the Maritime Provinces of Canada .

Dr. Franck Berthe, University of Prince Edward Island-Atlantic Veterinary College, heads the project. Scientists from Cape Breton University (Bruce Hatcher, Diane Ingraham, Martha Jones, Rod Beresford), UPEI-AVC (Jeff Davidson), the National Research Council's Institute for Marine Biosciences (Neil Ross), Dalhousie University's Oceanography Department (Jinyu Sheng), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Mary Stephesnson, Marc Ouellette), and local communities will collaborate to develop knowledge and tools to better understand and manage the disease in this region. Partners in this project include the Eskasoni Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, the Big Bras d'Or Fishermen's Group, the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, and Jellett Rapid Testing Ltd.

For more information, contact Neil Ross, neil.ross@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

April 2005

PAMBA member, Dr. Michal Quilliam, a senior researcher at the NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences, recently received AOAC INTERNATIONAL's most prestigious scientific award, the Harvey W. Wiley Award. The award is given annually in recognition of the recipient's career contributions to analytical chemistry. Please visit the following website for a very interesting account of Dr. Quilliam's career.http://www.aoac.org/ILM/jan_feb_05/wiley_award.htm