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February 22, 2020

The poster Hydroxytyrosol-supplemented refined olive oil reduces paw edema in two animal models of arthritis”, presented by Elsa Mecha, PhD student at Food Functionality and Bioactives Lab, was distinguished with an honorable mention at the 2nd edition of the meeting “12 Topics in Rheumatology”.

The awarded work is a collaborative effort between iBETFFULITQB-NOVACEDOC and IMM, and demonstrates that hydroxytyrosol, a phenolic compound derived from olive oil, has protective effects in reducing paw edema in both moderate and severe models of arthritis.

This follow-up study from previous awarded research supports the protective effect of hydroxytyrosol in earlier stages of the disease, providing additional evidences for the beneficial impact of hydroxytyrosol in the prevention of arthritis.

This research is part of the project funded by Amélia de Mello Foundation, Sovena Consumer Goods and Medinfar focused on the evaluation of protective effect of hydroxytyrosol in arthritis.

Congratulations to the authors of the awarded work: João Rocha, Ana Teresa Serra, Sandra Silva, Bruno Sepodes, Elsa Mecha, Naiara Fernandez, Beatriz Martins, Rita Ventura, Bruno Vidal, Rui Pinto, João Fonseca, Maria Eduardo Figueira, Fernando Pimentel-Santos and Maria Rosário Bronze.

Elsa Mecha iBET award hydroxytyrosol arthritis
Elsa Mecha receiving the honorable mention for the poster “Hydroxytyrosol-supplemented refined olive oil reduces paw edema in two animal models of arthritis”

12 Topics in Rheumatology is a meeting organized by the Rheumatic Diseases Lab from CEDOC – Chronic Diseases Research Center, to promote and facilitate the dialogue between basic and clinical scientists, regarding new physiopathology, diagnostic and therapeutic advances in Rheumatology. The 2nd edition of the meeting took place at 6th and 7th of March 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. Several oral communications and posters were presented, bringing together professionals with different backgrounds.

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