HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 3 (acn) The Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC) has a new Corresponding Member, Doctor of Sciences Mark Rasenick, distinguished Professor of Physiology, Biophysics and Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, U.S.A.
The U.S. Doctor obtained the unanimous vote of his Cuban colleagues in the most recent plenary meeting of the institution, which gives this category to nonresident personalities in the national territory for their outstanding contribution to scientific development.
Rasenick’s name was proposed at the meeting by Doctor of Sciences Pedro Valdes, deputy general director of the Cuban Center for Neurosciences, who argued about his research results.
Among them, he mentioned the G protein signaling and cytoskeleton, and its relationship with neurodegenerative disorders, mood and normal functioning of the human brain.
In 1996 he contacted our center as part of a biomedical delegation from the University of Chicago, and since then he has worked systematically for scientific relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Valdes said.
With his incorporation, there are now 28 Corresponding Academicians from 17 countries, among them Argentina, Germany, Colombia, Spain, Jamaica, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the People’s Republic of China.
The Bishop Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez, is also on the same list of foreigners acknowledged for their achievements in the scientific field.