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Three professors from USP win the FCW Prize

The Conrado Wessel Foundation (FCW) has announced the winners of its ninth FCW Prize for Science, Culture and Medicine. The Medicine prize went to Miguel Srouga, a senior professor of urology at the University of São Paulo (FMUSP medical school). The 62-year old physician is one of Brazil’s main specialists studying and treating urological tumors and prostate diseases. Jorge Elias Kalil Filho, a senior professor of clinical immunology and allergy at FMUSP, was the winner in the Science category. Born in the city of Porto Alegre in 1953, Kalil is the director of the Immunology Laboratory of the Heart Institute of the FMUSP Clinicas Hospital and also became the director of the Butantan Institute as of February last. Additionally, 87-year old Paulo Emilio Vanzolini, professor emeritus of the USP Institute of Biosciences and composer of classic songs, such as “Ronda” and “Volta por cima,” won the prize in the Culture category. Each winner will get R$300 thousand. The award ceremony is to be held on June 25, 2012, at the Sala São Paulo concert hall. The final evaluation of who the laureates would be was conducted on November 24 and 25 by members of the 10 institutions, including FAPESP, that partner in this prize giving. The Conrado Wessel Foundation (FCW) was established in 1994, after the death of the photographer Ubaldo Augusto Conrado Wessel (1891-1993), who specified in his will a desire to create a foundation centered on philanthropy and the promotion of and support for cultural, artistic and scientific activities in Brazil.