IA Events

Lecture: An Insight into the Cuban Biotechnology Industry

Publication date: Jun 18, 2014 12:15:43 PM

Start: Jun 30, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: Jun 30, 2014 8:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


The development of Cuba's biomedical sciences has been driven by urgent economic and social imperatives, but has faced enormous international geo-political obstacles and resource constraints. In this seminar, two Cuban scientists, Dr Joel de Leon (CIM Centro de Inmunologia Molecular - Center of Molecular Immunology) and Dr Maria Amparo Pascual (CENCEC Centro Nacional de Examenes Clinicos - National Center of Clinical Trials) will share their insiders' insights into how the biomedical research programme has kept going despite the difficulties. They will also outline its remarkable achievements, and discuss prospects for the future as a lead industry in Cuban economic restructuring.

Dr Joel de Leon is the director of tumor immunology at the CIC - Centro de Inmunologia Molecular (Havana), as well as secretary of the scientific council at the same center. He is assistant professor and member of the Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD Evaluation Board at the Universidad de La Habana. Both his BA and MSc were in Biochemistry (Universidad de La Habana) and his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Universidad de La Habana and CIC). He has held various visiting research fellowships by prestigous organisations around the world: Wellcome Trust, the British Council, the Royal Society and the European Molecular Biology Organisation amongst others. Since 2000, he has convened or participated in numerous international conferences and workshops: Havana, Paris, Oxford, Moscow, London and Heidelberg. He has co-written or co-edited a number of international publications and his current research focuses on cancer-related inflammation.

Dr Maria Amparo Pascual is the founder and director of CENCEC Centro Nacional de Examenes Clinicos (Havana). 1st Degree Specialist in Biostatistics - School of Public Health of Havana, 1974. Doctor in Medicine - University of Havana, 1967. Senior Researcher, 1986. Professor of Biostatistics of the University of Havana. Professor of the Master of Bioethics of the University of Havana. Professor of the Master in Biotechnology, in the Clinical Trials profile, (CIGB) from Cuba. Invited Professor of the American Phytotherapy Institute, Peru/ (2003-2007). Member of the Group of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) of the Network for Harmonization of Pharmaceutical Regulations, PAHO-WHO (2000-2010) and Regional Coordinator since 2010 to the present. Member of the Cuban Society of Pharmacology, former President of Clinical Section. Member of the National Committee of Medical Formulary of the Cuban Public Health Ministry. Member of the Expert Group of the Scientific and Technical Program: Drugs and vaccines of the Cuban Ministry of Science and Technology.

This event is co-organised by the University of West London Research Group Information Management and UCL - Institute of the Americas. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.