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International recognition of researcher Alberto Kornblit

International recognition of researcher Alberto Kornblit

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The Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) has appointed molecular biologist and CONSET researcher Alberto Kornblit as a member of the institution “for his professional and scientific contributions” in an action that “reaffirms the existing relations” between the two countries, the National Science Council said. – Scientific and technical research (CONSET).

“I feel very proud to join the Brazilian Academy of Sciences,” said Kornblit, who is also an honorary professor at the Faculty of Exact Sciences. “This reaffirms the existing relations between the two brotherly countries with highly developed and distinguished scientific communities around the world.” From the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

Based on his “career and scientific contributions”, Kornblit was established as a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, an institution founded in 1916 that brings together leading researchers from Brazil, as full members, and from abroad, as corresponding members. mentioned in a statement.

In 2023, Kornblit will be honored with the Julio Cortázar Chair for Latin America at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, established by Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes.

This was also announced by the Board of Directors of the Arab Banking Corporation after the Ordinary General Assembly was held on December 4, when the results of the elections for ordinary members, correspondents and affiliates were announced.

Kornbliht is a group leader at the Institute of Physiology, Molecular Biology and Neuroscience (Ifibyne, Conicet-UBA), graduated in biology from that faculty in 1977, then obtained a PhD in chemistry under the supervision of Hector Torres at the Campomar Foundation and obtained a post- Ph.D. At Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

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Image: Conset Press.

He is also a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the French Academy of Sciences, and an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

In 2023, he was honored with the Julio Cortázar Chair for Latin America at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, established by Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes.

They pointed out that Kornblit’s laboratory discovered molecular processes that play “a key role in alternative splicing, which is a molecular mechanism that allows the same gene to store instructions for manufacturing different proteins,” which “opens paths to understanding many diseases and exploring new treatments.” From Conisit.

The scientist at his joining ceremony to the French Academy of Sciences
The scientist during his joining ceremony to the French Academy of Sciences.

In this sense, in June last year, the study conducted by Kornbliht was on the cover of the prestigious journal Cell to describe the useful results of exploring treatments that achieve a greater therapeutic effect in people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a serious hereditary disease that afflicts in Argentina. About 400 boys and girls and one in every 10,000 births worldwide.

Throughout his career, the scholar has held Guggenheim and Antiturchas Fellowships, while receiving awards for the Bicentennial Medal (2010), Argentine Nation Scholar (2010), Houssay Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), and the Faustino Sarmiento Domingo Award from the United States Senate . Nation and TWAS Award in Medical Sciences (2012).