MedStar Investigator Receives the ‘Women Advancing Thyroid Research’ Award

Join us in congratulating Cristiane Gomes-Lima, MD, on her 2019 Women Advancing Thyroid Research (WATR) award from the American Thyroid Association (ATA). The WATR is a new award from the American Thyroid Association that recognizes and celebrates the work of women that are leading outstanding thyroid research. The WATR Award is sponsored by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. through the Rosalind Franklin Society.

Dr. Gomes-Lima presented her award-winning work, “Do Molecular Profiles of Primary versus Metastatic Radioiodine Refractory Differentiated Thyroid Cancer Differ?” as a highlighted oral presentation at the ATA conference in late October. Her work was recognized at the Women in Thyroid meeting of the ATA.

The research focused on patients with advanced differentiated thyroid cancer. The research team sought to understand the molecular biology of the primary tumor and its metastases. They leveraged a bioinformatics approach to explore the interconnections of abnormal cancer genes in the context of thyroid physiology. In the era of precision medicine, this knowledge is essential to offer optimal treatment choices for our patients. “This award reassures my commitment to advance health through research,” said Dr. Gomes-Lima.

Dr. Cristiane Gomes-Lima graduated in Medicine from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. She completed her Internal Medicine residency, followed by Endocrinology fellowship and a master’s degree in Health Sciences. After working in clinical practice, she pursued a post-graduate research fellowship in thyroid cancer. She is currently a research fellow at MedStar Health Research Institute, in Washington, DC, and a guest researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

In addition to Dr. Gomes-Lima, there were three other recipients of the award: Drs. Mariella Tutter, Silvia Ippolito, and Rosa Falcone. The ATA press release can be viewed here.