Thursday, December 02, 2021


Cuban scientist awarded with membership of World Academy of Science


Cuban scientist awarded with membership of World Academy of Science

Havana, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez today hailed the election of Dr. Tania Crombet, director of Clinical Research at the Cuban Center for Molecular Immunology , as a member of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
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“This worldwide recognition of Dr Tania Crombet confirms the prestige of Sciences in #Cuba, honors her endearing surname and rewards her effort,” Díaz-Canel wrote on his Twitter account. The CIM reported the day before on the same social network that Crombet will be part of TWAS for the advancement of science in developing countries, effective January 1, 2022.

Since 2020, the scientist was also one of the eight Cuban academics selected for the International Panel of experts as Advisory Group for the fight of Covid-19 in the world.

The expert has participated in the research, development and clinical trials of some of Cuba’s most innovative therapies and vaccines, including CIMAvax-EGF developed for non-small cell lung in cancer patients.

In 2015, this therapy completed Phase IV clinical trials in Cuba and is now being used in primary health care.

Recently, the Roswell Park Institute in the United States announced the start of a clinical trial with that drug in the prevention of lung cancer. The institution received approval from that nation’s Treasury Department six years ago to test this and other CIM products there.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is an autonomous international organization founded in Trieste, Italy, in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched in 1985.

TWAS currently has 584 members: 478 Fellows from 61 southern countries and 106 Associate Fellows from 14 northern countries.

A Council, elected every three years by the membership, is responsible for overseeing all affairs of the Academy.

More than two thousand scientists worldwide, including TWAS members, provide free peer review of proposals for grants, fellowships, and research awards submitted to the Academy by scientists and institutions from developing countries.

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