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Helena Nader wins national award

On September 23, biochemist Helena Nader, a professor from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), received the Almirante Álvaro Alberto Award in Life Sciences. A specialist in glycobiology, Nader heads the university’s Institute of Pharmacology and Molecular Biology, where she runs a laboratory internationally renowned for its research on heparin, an anticoagulant polysaccharide. She has taught close to 100 masters and PhD students and is a former president of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), current vice-president of the Brazilian Academy of Science (ABC), and a member of the FAPESP Board of Trustees. It is the most important award in Brazilian science, granted by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ) in partnership with the Conrado Wessel Foundation and the Brazilian Navy.