The Paulo Gontijo Award, also known as the PG Award, has been awarding young researchers from around the world since 2007 dedicated to seeking the cause and cure of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It was idealized in life by Paulo Gontijo, who left the legacy of encouraging science through research and the creation of the Paulo Gontijo Institute.
The applications for the award are rigorously judged by the panel of judges of the Paulo Gontijo Institute (IPG), composed of five researchers recognized by the international scientific and medical community: Dr Mamede de Carvalho,Jury President, Prof. dr Orla Hardman, Dr Brian Dickie, Dr Walter Bradley and Dr Francisco Rotta.
The award ceremony takes place during the opening of the 31st International ALS Symposium on ALS/MND, hosted by the MND Association, in the presence of researchers and health professionals dedicated to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The winner of the award will present his thesis to the scientific community present, in addition to receiving a gold medal and the financial incentive of 20 thousand dollars.