For the contributions made to his area of study, transferring basic knowledge to applied knowledge in the area of ​​biomedicine, and the formation of a school are some of the contributions made by the academic of Biological Sciences UC and researcher at the Center for Aging and Regeneration of the University Catholic University of Chile (CARE Chile UC), Dr. Enrique Brandan, to be elected as a member of the Latin American Academy of Sciences, a prestigious scientific society. This was reported by the School of Biological Sciences at the Catholic University of Chile.

Each year, members of the Latin American Academy of Sciences (ACAL) nominate two candidates whose work contributes to the progress of science, the integration of America, and whose alignment is related to the Institution in order to be integrated as members.

Dr. Enrique Brandan in his laboratory of Centro UC CARE.

Dr. Enrique Brandan in his laboratory of Centro UC CARE.

Dr. Enrique Brandan’s candidacy was nominated by Edward M. De Robertis, one of the world’s most renowned cell and developmental biologists, and co-nominated by Jorge Allende, National Prize Recipient in Natural Sciences in 1992. “It is very important that there are Chileans within the ACAL because this allows other national researchers to be made visible when submitting the annual candidatures, but also allows them to participate in the dissemination of the science being done in Chile through this body that involves Latin Americans,” explained the UC academic.

“Enrique’s election was very well deserved and is a recognition of his scientific career since very few Chileans have joined as members this year,” said Dr. De Robertis.

Developing basic research in the area of ​​muscular dystrophies and transferring the basic knowledge made in the laboratory to something more applied in the area of ​​biomedicine as patents and clinical studies were important contributions for the candidacy of Dr. Brandan. The formation of a school has also been a key point. “I have had19 people who received their doctorate degree, and almost all are in university centers independently developing lines of research,” he concluded.

Journalistic information: Jade Rivera Rossi, jrivera@bio.puc.cl