“Patients are my main motivation and the centre of my research.”
The EURORDIS Scientific Award 2023 goes to Dr Luisa Maria Botella Cubells for an incredible twenty years of research into Rare Diseases, and potential treatments, most specifically, her successful work towards the development of four drugs for the treatment of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia and Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome. EURORDIS would like to recognise the enormous impact that Dr Botella’s research has had on many patients’ lives.
Dr Botella has worked towards, advised for, and led numerous research projects into Rare Diseases. She was among the first members who founded the Spanish Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Patient Association and has been a member of their advisory board since 2005. Further to this, Dr Botella has been an active collaborator of FEDER since 2012, has led the expert Rare Disease Lab Consortium CIBERER, been a VASCERN HHT ePag since 2016, and has published over 60 papers on diagnosis, molecular basis, and therapeutic approaches. EURORDIS wishes to celebrate Dr Botella’s work to centralise her patients’ voices and input into her research, highlighting their crucial importance.
Luisa our shining pearl!
The HHT community in Europe is delighted that Luisa is being recognised not only for her scientific achievements in HHT and rare diagnoses but also for the love, commitment and support she has given and continues to give to us all. We are eternally grateful to have such a person supporting us in our efforts to improve the quality of life and treatments for those living with HHT