Mario Rosemblatt, Executive Director at Fundación Ciencia & Vida, joins the Latin American Academy of Sciences (ACAL)

June 4, 2018

The Council of the Latin American Academy of Sciences (ACAL) recently appointed Dr. Mario Rosemblatt, Executive Director of Fundación Ciencia & Vida, as a member of the institution.  This is an important recognition of his work, as a sign that it aligns with the Academy’s own aims, which are mainly high-level scientific activity and the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean through scientific cooperation.

Dr. Rosemblatt’s research has focused on the function of immune cells, demonstrating that intestinal dendritic cells are responsible for the production of retinoic acid, the homing of lymphocytes to the intestine and the induction of a tolerogenic environment. Also, he participated in the development of a vaccine against Pitsireckettsiasalmonis, a lethal pathogen that affects the salmon industry in Chile.

The ACAL was founded in Caracas in 1983 to support the mathematical, physical, chemical, life and earth sciences and their applications in the cultural and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean. The ACAL performs cooperation programs that include the dissemination of regional scientific events, the permanent evaluation of the research potential of Latin America and the Caribbean, the exchange of researchers, the transfer of knowledge and the formation of regional research networks. The Academy also promotes and carries out scientific policy studies and promotes interest in science at different educational levels and among the entire population.