PHILADELPHIA, June 24 -- The Pew Charitable Trusts named 10 researchers as Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences on Tuesday. This year's crop of scientists will tackle such concerns as autism, diabetes, hunger and parasitic infections.
"The promising researchers joining our community of fellows today will no doubt make an indelible impact on the international research landscape in years to come," Rebecca W. Rimel, Pew's president and CEO, said in a news release.
"They are committed, creative scientists who will add to the world's store of biomedical knowledge," she added.
Since 1991, the Latin American fellows program has invested in more than 200 young scientists from across the region.
Fellows receive financial support during two years of postdoctoral training in laboratories led by U.S. scientists, and are given an additional award if they return to their home countries at the end of the fellowship.
That has allowed more than 70 percent of fellows to set up their own laboratories in Latin America, according to the release.
The selection committee is made up of renowned scientists such as Chairman Torsten N. Wiesel, M.D., a 1981 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine.
"Pew's program sparks stimulating collaborations across geographic boundaries and scientific fields," said Dr. Wiesel. "These outstanding investigators have the potential to lead scientific communities in Latin America and around the globe."
The Latin American fellows program operates alongside the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, which has fostered early career innovation by U.S. scientists since 1985, according to the release.
The 2014 Pew Latin American fellows
Ezequiel Arneodo, Ph.D.
Luisina De Tullio, Ph.D.
Andrea Caricilli, Ph.D.
Daniela Paula Thomazella, Ph.D.
Matias Alvarez-Saavedra, Ph.D.
Pablo Lara-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Juan David Ramirez Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Alejandro Vasquez-Rifo, Ph.D.
Armando Hernandez-Garcia, Ph.D.
Yuriria Vazquez Zuniga, Ph.D.
For the fellows' full abstracts and more information about the program, click here.
The Pew Charitable Trusts contributed.
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