Kalinga Prize laureate

2011

Mexico
Réne Raúl Drucker Colín

In recognition of his contribution to the promotion of science through print and television media

Born in Mexico City, Réne Raúl Drucker Colín holds a degree in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a doctorate in Medicine from Saskatchewan (Canada). He is currently a distinguished Professor at the Instituto de Fisiología Celular, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the General Director of Science Communication, UNAM. He has pioneered the study of neuroactive peptides in the regulation of sleep and has thus put Mexico on the world map of the neurobiology of sleep. Professor Drucker Colín has previously been Chairman both for the Department of Neuroscience (1985 to 1990) and the Department of Physiology (1991 to 2000) at UNAM. From 2000 to 2002 he was President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Science, UNAM from 2000 to 2007. He has received a number of recognitions, notably in 2010 he received recognition for being a pioneer in sleep research by the Sleep Research Society (USA) and the Garza de Plata Award for outstanding accomplishments by Universidad Autónoma de Hidalgo.

Professor Drucker Colín is also an ardent promoter of science. He has published over 200 scientific papers and collaborates regularly as a Columnist in various newspapers, including in La Jornada, and magazines. He has also published over 250 papers in the area of neuroscience and has been a reviewer for a number of journals. He has also participated over the past 12 years in the science programmes of Televisa, a national broadcaster. As Mexico’s leading popularizer of science he has recently received the 2011 National Award of Journalism: Scientific and Cultural Communication Area.

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