31.03.2014

The President received the scientist Cecilia Bouzat

The Head of State received Cecilia Bouzat, a CONICET main researcher and winner of the 2014 L' Oréal -UNESCO For Women in Science Award, together with the head of the Ministry of Science, Lino Barañao.

The President received the scientist Cecilia Bouzat

The President received the scientist Cecilia Bouzat

The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, headed an act at the Government House, and received Cecilia Bouzat, who was honored with the International L' Oréal - UNESCO "For Women in Science" Award for her scientific career. The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao and the director of L'Oreal Argentina, Germán Herrera Garibay.

The award is given per year to distinguish the scientific excellence of five female researchers worldwide and Bouzat was honored for her work in Latin America. The scientist has worked since 1997 at the Institute for Biochemical Research of Bahia Blanca (INIBIBB, CONICET- UNS) in a research of Cys -loop receptors found in the nervous system, muscle and neuronal cells.

Bouzat said about our research that “the Cys -loop receptors are membrane proteins with key roles in the nervous system, particularly because they participate in the synapse and allow rapid communication between neurons or between neurons and muscle function. In this sense, it is important to understand this receptors because “are altered, poor treated or mutated in many diseases”.Understanding them will help to think much more effective therapies for a host of neurological disorders and to generate a rational development of drugs reversing the abnormal operation.

Cecilia Bouzat is a main researcher of the CONICET and vice director of the Institute of Biochemical Research of Bahia Blanca (INIBIBB) in Argentina.  She is a professor at the National University of the South in Bahia Blanca, where she studied and received a degree and PhD in Biochemical Sciences In 1993 she did a post doctorate at the Mayo Clinic, of Rochester, United States.  In 2007 she won a Research Fellowship called L' Oréal -UNESCO For Women in Science in Argentina.

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