An Argentine doctor is distinguished as a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the United States
The National Academy of Medicine of the United States, one of the most outstanding in health research, distinguished as a new member the Argentine biochemist Silvio Gutkind, who said he was “very surprised and delighted” by the recognition.
“ I sincerely did not expect this recognition, it is very important for my working group. It is one of the highest distinctions in the field of medicine and health. I am surprised and delighted,” said Gutkind, the second Argentine to get the recognition.
The Doctor of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, who is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Director of Basic Sciences at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California at San Diego, noted that approximately 20 people make up his work, including the Argentine pathology specialist Alfredo Molinolo.
Gutkind is internationally recognized for his discoveries in elucidating the basic mechanisms of signal transduction that control tumor growth and metastasis, and for his contributions to the development of new precision therapies for cancer prevention and treatment based on information on individual genomic alterations of each patient.
One of the greatest discoveries of the working group led by Gutkind was that the aberrant activation of a molecule called mTOR is an early event and one of the most widespread molecular alterations in squamous carcinoma of the head, throat and neck. This cancer is very aggressive, often referred to as oral cancer, and affects more than 63,000 people a year in the United States, where it is estimated that more than 13,000 patients die annually from this disease.
Graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1985, Gutkind highlighted the Argentine professional potential and the importance of a free public university in the training of new professionals who contribute to medicine.
“ In Argentina there are brilliant people who sometimes do not have the vision of being able to be useful for big science. These people have to take advantage of the possibility of going to public school and that it is free to make a greater contribution to medicine,” the doctor said.
He concluded: “Kids have to take advantage of these advantages. In addition, personally I was lucky enough to count on the support of my wife, who graduated with me and has been with me from that moment.”
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