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Friday, February 3, 2012

Nicolás Olea: "This award is dedicated to women who ask us how to care"

Last November Dr. Nicolás Olea was nominated by WWF Golden Panda Spain in the category of knowledge for conservation. Some while ago we gavethis news, but now we wanted to make a deeper interview Dr. Olea. Steering Committee Member INMA, Dr. Nicolás Olea recognizes that this award "means a great satisfaction and pride." His work has always been linked to the study of hormone-dependent cancer and, in his opinion, the reason for claiming the prize may be that "WWF has sought to evaluate the group's commitment to defend a hypothesis linking exposure to hormonally active chemicals and disease".

How were knowledgeable about the award?
I knew nothing of this award. In fact, it is the first time is granted. The reason is that we will celebrate 50 years since the creation of WWF and have decided to celebrate by giving five awards in various forms.

What does it mean to you to be distinguished by WWF Spain?
Like any award means a great satisfaction and pride. Especially coming from such a prestigious organization like WWF.

This award has given you for your career in environmental protection of persons of recognized standing, from different sectors. What do you suggest this link?
As you say is a professional trajectory and therefore can not be reduced to the activity of an individual but the group in that has been framed for years. Since I started Resident at the Hospital of Granada in 1977 thus far have been nearly 35 years, which go far. Our work has always been linked to the study of hormone-dependent cancer. The "discovery" of hormones in the environment in 1987, during his stay as a Fulbright Schoolar I did in Boston, a significant change in the orientation of the objectives of the working group. Then came in 1991 participation in the consensus on the definition of "endocrine disruption" held at Wingspread (WI, USA) at the hands of Theo Colborn, responsible for chemical contamination WWF-US. As it matured slowly, and involvement in environment has been inevitable.

Radiology. University of Granada. Research Coordinator, University Hospital San Cecilio ... how are all these charges, all these tasks with the award?

The position at the Hospital and the University are an expression of the career and age!. The work in health / illness and environment is, as I said, the result of becoming daily work and how will the course of events.

Could you explain
, what action or what works in protecting the environment have made ??you a better position to have the distinction of this award?

Perhaps, WWF has sought to evaluate the group's commitment to defend a hypothesis linking exposure to hormonally active chemicals and disease, despite the difficulties to convince, to more than one, that there is some interest in maintaining this activity. We learned, we stalled in the bone-to tread carefully, anticipate, prevent and caution is a good ability to reduce exposures, despite our stupidity to demonstrate associations, unanswerable, of causality. Perhaps this attitude to what they have awarded discouragement.

Finally, do
this award, in a way, is also for INMA, right?

Of course. It's a reward for a team and I, luckily, I joined INMA.

And now a
typical question, who would dedicate this award?

It was dedicated at the time of collection to two women: Theo Colborn that we discovered in 1991 a new road. Susana Garcia, an anonymous ill with breast cancer a few months ago knocked on the door of my office to say "I have been discharged in oncology and Susan told me, take care. My question for you: how one cares? ". I dedicate it to so many Susans we see every day, sometimes as sick as mothers sometimes ask us how to take care. It is the duty of the whole team so we INMA-accepted science-digest is produced and transformed into common sense recommendations.