SPI Best Paper Award 2016

Sociedade Portuguesa de Imunologia (SPI) hereby announces the SPI Paper Award to be bestowed to the best paper in the field of immunology published by a Portugal-based research team.

Application rules:

1) The first and the senior authors of the paper must be affiliated to a Portugal-based research institution;

2) Only papers published (printed or on line) between 1st January 2016 and 31ST December 2016 can apply;

3) A PDF of the paper has to be submitted by email (mail@spimunologia.org) by the first author, accompanied by a cover letter with his/ her full contact details;

4) The applicant has to be a member of the SPI;

5) The deadline for submission is 15th FEBRUARY 2017 at 23:59 hours (GMT time);

6) The certificate will be awarded to the first author (or shared by co-first authors) during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the SPI (14-16 June 2017, in Porto);

7) The first author will be invited for a special presentation during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the SPI;

8) Applications will be evaluated by a jury composed of foreign immunologists who are independent of the SPI;

9) The decision of the jury is final.



Manuela Ferreira et al.

Maternal retinoids control type 3 innate lymphoid cells and set the offspring immunity.

Published in Nature. 2014 Apr 3;508(7494):123-7.


Patel A, Harker N, Moreira-Santos L, Ferreira M, Alden K, Timmis J, Foster K, Garefalaki A, Pachnis P, Andrews P, Enomoto H, Milbrandt J, Pachnis V, Coles MC, Kioussis D, Veiga-Fernandes H.

Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisboa.

“Differential RET Signaling Pathways Drive Development of the Enteric Lymphoid and Nervous systems”

Published in the Science signaling, 2012 Jul 31;5(235):ra55


Priscila P Zenatti, Daniel Ribeiro, Wenqing Li, Linda Zuurbier, Milene C Silva, Maddalena Paganin, Julia Tritapoe, Julie A Hixon, André B Silveira, Bruno A Cardoso, Leonor M Sarmento, Nádia Correia, Maria L Toribio, Jörg Kobarg, Martin Horstmann, Rob Pieters, Silvia R Brandalise, Adolfo A Ferrando, Jules P Meijerink, Scott K Durum, J Andrés Yunes & João T Barata

Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisboa.

“Oncogenic IL7R gain-of-function mutations in childhood T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia”

Published in the Nature Genetics 2011; Vol. 43;Nº. 10:932-939.


Santiago Zelenay, Marie-Louise Bergman, Ricardo Sousa Paiva, Andreia C. Lino, Ana C. Martins, João H. Duarte, Maria F. Moraes-Fontes, Angelina M. Bilate, Juan J. Lafaille and Jocelyne Demengeot

Instituo Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras.

“Intrathymic differentiation of adaptive Foxp3+ regulatory t cells upon peripheral proinflammatory immunization”

Published in the Journal of Immunology. 2010; 185:3829-3833.


Andrea Cruz, Fraga AG, Fountain JJ, Rangel-Moreno J, Torrado E, Saraiva M, Pereira DR, Randall TD, Pedrosa J, Cooper AM, Castro AG.

Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Braga.

“Pathological role for IL-17 in mice infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis receiving repeated post-exposure vaccination with BCG”

Published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. 2010; 207:1609-16.


Julie Ribot, deBarros A, Pang DJ, Neves JF, Peperzak V, Roberts SJ, Girardi M, Borst J, Hayday AC, Pennington DJ, Silva-Santos B.

Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa.

“CD27 is a thymic determinant of the balance between Interferon-g- and Interleukin-17-producing gd T cell subsets”

Published in Nature Immunology 2009;10:427-436.