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UNAM rector to visit UT Health Science Center on Wednesday
Dr. Juan Ramon de la Fuente, rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and secretary of health during the administration of President Ernesto Zedillo, will visit The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on Wednesday, March 20. Reporters may join Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center, and Dr. de la Fuente for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and stay for brief interviews as schedules allow. Please RSVP to (210) 567-9219 by 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
Dr. de la Fuente is an investigator in the National Institute of Nutrition and the Mexican Institute of Psychiatry, both in Mexico City. He completed postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic and was chief resident at the University of Minnesota. He joined the UNAM faculty in 1980. President Zedillo appointed him as health secretary in December 1994 and he served in the Cabinet until November 1999, when he was named UNAM rector. He is author or co-author of more than 200 works, has written 37 chapters and has been publisher or co-publisher of 10 books on health, educational and scientific topics. His many awards include the Eduardo Liceaga Prize of the National Academy of Medicine.
President Cigarroa visited the UNAM campus and the Mexican Ministry of Health last September. UNAM, founded in 1551, is older than Harvard or Yale. Drs. De la Fuente and Cigarroa will discuss the importance of binational educational and research initiatives.
Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas