Young lecturer at the School of Medicine receives grant from the Carolina Foundation for advanced study of prostatic adenocarcinoma



The Carolina Foundation, recognised for its commitment to strengthening scientific networks between Latin America and Spain, has awarded a PhD scholarship to Natalia Pérez Barraza, an academic from the School of Medicine at the University of Valparaíso and a young researcher at CIESAL.

This scholarship will allow the academic to study for a PhD in Biomedicine at the University of Granada, specifically in the field of tissue engineering. For the 2024/2025 academic year, the Carolina Foundation has announced 40 new doctoral scholarships, 4 of which were for universities belonging to the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (CRUCH). This effort reflects its ongoing commitment to the promotion of scientific knowledge and innovation, supporting young Latin American talents in their academic development. By enabling professors and researchers from Latin American universities to do their PhDs at prestigious Spanish institutions, the Foundation not only fosters the training of highly qualified professionals, but also promotes the creation of scientific networks between both sides of the Atlantic.

The research project of Natalia´s doctoral thesis, entitled “Advanced Study of Prostatic Adenocarcinoma: Integration of Artificial Intelligence in Histological Analysis at the Clinical and Experimental Level”, aims to advance the understanding and treatment of prostatic adenocarcinoma, one of the most common and lethal forms of cancer in men. Natalia, who is one of the young researchers at CIESAL and professor in the Department of Anatomy at the School of Medicine, will focus her thesis on the integration of advanced artificial intelligence techniques in the histological analysis of prostatic adenocarcinoma. This innovative approach promises to improve accuracy in diagnosis and treatment, offering more personalised and effective solutions for patients. Natalia had already excelled in developing her undergraduate thesis and later her Master’s thesis working with a cohort of prostate cancer patients.

The PhD in Biomedicine at the University of Granada, in the area of Tissue Engineering, will provide her with an excellent academic environment and state-of-the-art resources to carry out her research. This programme is designed to address complex biomedical challenges and foster interdisciplinary collaboration, which are fundamental to the success of the researcher’s project.