Croatian Scientist Receives Prestigious Award for Covid Research

Katarina Anđelković

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November 23, 2023 – This award is a reminder that collective commitment can make a big difference, said the recipient, Dr. Igor Štagljar. The Croatian scientist has been working at the University of Toronto since 2005, focusing on technologies to facilitate the study of cancer. Another one of his contributions is a rapid COVID test that he developed during the pandemic.

The Canadian Royal Society, as the Canadian Academy of Sciences and Arts, has awarded the Croatian scientist Dr. Igor Štagljar, full professor and director of the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, for his contribution to the fight against COVID. As 24Sata writes, the prestigious award was presented to Dr. Štagljar on Tuesday in Kitchener, Ontario by the president of the society, Alain-G. Gagnon and Professor Michel Tremblay.

This award is a reminder that collective commitment can make a big difference, said Štagljar. As it was stated at the award ceremony – Dr. Igor Štagljar is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of chemical genomics, technologies that are being developed to facilitate the study of various human proteins involved in cancer. At the time of the pandemic, his laboratory, it was stated, made a great contribution in the fight against COVID by developing serological tests SATiN and Neu-SATiN.

Štagljar was elected a full member of the Royal Society Canada last year. He has published over 150 scientific papers so far and is the holder of eight patents.

Dr. Igor Štagljar is from Zagreb, where he graduated in molecular biology at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics. He received his doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He also started his career there, and since 2005 he has been building his career at the University of Toronto.


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