24.04.2017

Gabriel Rabinovich is admitted to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States

He was admitted for its valuable contributions and achievements in original investigations on cancer and immunological diseases.

Gabriel Rabinovich is admitted to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States

Gabriel Rabinovich is admitted to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States

Next Saturday 29 April, doctor Gabriel Rabinovich, superior researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Institute (CONICET) at the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine (IBYME, CONICET-FIBYME), will join the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (NAS) as a foreign associate member. The ceremony will take place at 9:00 P.M. (time in Argentina) at the offices of the NAS in the city of Washington DC.

Last year, the north American scientific institution announced the admission of 84 new members and 21 foreign associate members, among which there is doctor Rabinovich, the only Argentinian of the group.

According to the Academy, its members are admitted in “recognition of its distinguished and continuous achievements in original investigations”. The NAS was founded on 3 March 1863​ by Abraham Lincoln​, and it gathers the most distinguished scientists around the world. At present, it gathers 2,291 American researchers and 465 foreign associate researchers.

As he learned about his distinction, doctor Rabinovich –who leads the Immunopathology Laboratory of the IBYME, institution where he also serves as vice director​– expressed: “It is a big honor which filled me with happiness. However, this is not an individual achievement, but a recognition to the entire research team and to all institutions with which I have been engaged all this time. I found great joy in receiving this communication from the NAS; a day I will never forget for the rest of my life”.  

From its days as a doctorate student at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at the School of Chemical Sciences of the National University of Cordoba (1992-1999), and then as a post-doctorate researcher of the Immuno-genetics Division of the Hospital de Clinicas "José de San Martín" in the City of Buenos Aires (1999-2006) and, nowadays, as the director of the Immunopathology Laboratory of IBYME (2007-present) and chair professor at the School of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, doctor Rabinovich and its team discovered the functions of galectins, proteins involved in the regulation of the immunological response which play a central role in the tumor escape mechanism, inflammation, autoimmune diseases and infections. Its research allowed for the design of new therapeutic strategies for such pathologies.

Along its career path, he published more than 200 works in specialized magazines of high impact, and was a member of the editorial committee of 1​3 scientific magazines. To date, most of his energy and that of its team is devoted to the creation of relevant strategies for the transfer of patents registered in connection with his discoveries.

He received multiple awards, among them, the TWAS Award in Medical Sciences, the Award​ of Fundacion Bunge y Born, both for its career path and also for the Young Researchers Stimulus. He also obtained a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cancer Research Institute Award​ (New York), the Bicentennial Bernardo Houssay Award to young researchers and the 2013 Platinum Konex Award on Basic Biomedical Sciences, to name but a few.

It is important to highlight that during the ceremony, doctor Rabinovich will stamp its signature on the Abraham Lincoln book and will be honored in a gala together with other colleagues from different parts of the world who will also receive this distinction. The event may be followed from anywhere in the map via streaming, live, by clicking the link at the NAS website.

Source: CONICET

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