Pew awards Fellowships to promising Latin American scientists

PHILADELPHIA–The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today the 2018 class of Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

The 10 awardees recently earned doctoral degrees from institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Each fellow will receive two years of funding to study with a principal investigator in the United States. After the fellowship, Pew provides additional funding to awardees who return to Latin America to launch their own labs. About 70 percent of past fellows have taken advantage of this incentive, and many now lead major academic and scientific research efforts in their home countries.

“We’re delighted to help these outstanding researchers secure training and mentorship in some of the world’s leading laboratories,” said Rebecca W. Rimel, Pew’s president and CEO. “They make up an exemplary group committed to building biomedical expertise in Latin America and advancing human health around the globe.”

The fellows will embark on research projects under the mentorship of prominent biomedical investigators, including alumni of the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. Research interests in the 2018 class range from understanding how neural circuits and brain connections develop to probing mechanisms of viral infection.

“These young Pew fellows hold great promise not only


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