I am originally from Mexico City. I studied Medicine at the UNAM and also studied at Harvard and Stanford. I did my PhD at University College London (UCL), and I was hired to direct the Anthony Nolan Institute in London, which specialises in bone marrow and hematology transplants’ research. We have achieved several goals in this field, introducing new methods to minimise transplant rejection. I also was a UCL Professor, Consultant at the Royal Free Hospital London and Vice-Provost for Latin America at UCL.
Since I arrived in 1973, I have played an essential role in science and academics in the United Kingdom and internationally, acting as President in several Medicine Associations.
I actively work with academics in Mexico, creating essential collaborations with universities in the country. I am a member of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Mexican National Academy of Surgery. In February 2021, the University of Guadalajara awarded me with an “honoris causa” for my medical contributions in Mexico. Also, I received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government.
We are the reflection of our country –even if we have dual nationality– we will always be Mexicans, and we must act by example with dedication and passion. Now more than ever, we must work together as humanity. Covid 19 has taught us that there are no borders during pandemics and that we need to make this world better, acting with social responsibility and solidarity and each contributing whenever and however possible.