Professor Cecilia Hidalgo is the new President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences

Professor Cecilia Hidalgo is the new President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences

The academic faculty of medicine and national prize of natural sciences 2006, succeeds to the Dr. María Teresa Ruiz, academic of the Astronomy Department of the Faculty of physical sciences and mathematics of the University of Chile, who held the position between 2015 and 2018. "The Academy will play an important role in the continued promotion of the development of the country," said Professor Hidalgo.

The Dr. Cecilia Hidalgo, was elected by a large majority as President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, then be voted on by his peers, the members of the instance number.

The academic faculty of medicine - graduate in Biochemistry from the University of Chile,first PhD in Sciences of our House of studies, postdoctorada at the National Institutes of Health of United States-, will happen in the charge to the also Professor of the u. of Chile, María Teresa Ruiz, who headed the Academy from 2015.

"I am very happy of power really work in""the Academy because I consider that it will have an important role in continue to push forward the development of the country", said the Professor Hidalgo,for whom the challenge is "trying to continue with this constant insistence", given that "our authorities have not fulfilled promises that have made us scientists. We remain stuck in less than 0.4 percent, a far cry from the OECD countries". "This diagnosis, the academic added that there are other variables to revert, as that"We have very few scientists per capita."

Why increase resources in scientific development? For the Professor Hidalgo, the answer is clear: "becauseWe have very important challenges and no one will come to solve it for us.We have problems of childhood obesity, pubic health, aging of the population, pollution, environmental and water, among others, and the only way to resolve it is to invest more"...

A life devoted to science

María Cecilia Hidalgo began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Biophysics at the Faculty of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences, where he served from 1972-1975, and in the Faculty of medicine from 1973 to 1974. Subsequently was a Research fellow (1974-1976) and Staff Scientist (1977-1986) at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute and Associate belonging to the Harvard Medical School in Boston, United States.

To your returned to Chile at the end of 1983 served as Professor of the Centro de Estudios científicos, CESC, between 1984 and 2002, and the Faculty of medicine from 1984 to the present. On our campus he directed the program of cell biology and Molecular of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences between 2001 and 2003, and in 2002 took over as Director of the FONDAP Center of molecular studies of the cell, which studies the mechanisms of signal transduction of signals operating in normal cells and abnormal or pathological cells in order to understand the function of nerve cells, the action of hormones, skeletal and cardiac muscle Physiology, cell death and cancer. This unit is currently the center of studies on exercise, metabolism and Cancer, CEMC, in which Dr. Hidalgo is one of its principal researchers; In addition, it integrates Physiology and Biophysics of the ICBM and the Department of neuroscience program.

At the time of receiving the national award of natural sciences in 2006 - being the first woman who receives this distinction, had more than 70 publications in journals of international circulation, which had received altogether more than 2000 citations in the literature. At the end of 2018 that number of publications in international journals was almost double, surpassing the 130.

Also it has active participation on boards of national and international scientific societies, and was a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on scientific matters from 1995 to 2001.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship between 1992 and 1993, since 2002 integrates, as a corresponding member, the Chilean Academy of Sciences, and as a member the Academy of Sciences of America Latin, ACAL regular. He chaired the Committee on education of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUBMB, and integrates the directory of the International Union of physiological Sciences IUPS.

The University of Chile awarded him the Amanda Labarca medal in 2004, award to highlight the personality and work of prominent academics.

Source: www.uchile.CL