This doctor’s collection is now part of the legacy of UNAM

via Permit The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has made an important announcement. From today, the doctor and the former dean gathered Guillermo Soberon Acevedo They are part of the heritage of the country’s highest house of studies. Therefore, it will soon be available to both the university community and the general public.

The documents will be incorporated into the University’s historical archive, attached to the University’s Institute of Research and Education (IISUE), where they will be protected for study and publication.

After signing the Certificate of Delivery and Receipt of the Personal and Institutional Collections of Sopron Acevedo, with the son of Doctor Mario Soberon Chavez, current University President Enrique Grauwe Witchers affirmed that this collection is of great importance to the understanding of our nation. This is due to the fact that the path of the former Minister of Health also helped the country to shape the last third of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Contributions in the field of health

Under the tutelage of Soperon Acevedo, Grau noted that the autonomy of the universities was added to the third constitutional article. The Public Health Act of 1983 is also to include, among other aspects, the universal right to health protection.

“On February 25, the UNAM Historical Archive, from the family of our beloved and beloved Dr. Guillermo Soberon, received her wonderful collection. We received it with great pleasure and interest, because I know Mr. Soberon would have loved this destination for its protection, study and dissemination.”

Who is Dr. Guillermo Soberon Acevedo?

He graduated as a surgeon from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1949 and received his Ph.D. in Physiological Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, USA, in 1956.

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The scientific work of the doctor was recognized with the Science Prize in 1965; Elias Sourasky Science Prize in 1968; 1974 Luis Elizondo Prize; 1980 National Science and Arts Award; The PAHO Abraham Horowitz Award in 1991 and Medical Merit Award in 1999.

In the professional field, he served as President of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in two terms (1973-1981), while he was in charge of the Ministry of Health (SSa) from 1982 to 1988. It was at that time that he established the first Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Mexico.

While he was shaping the institutions that are today models in the fight against the diseases that cause the greatest harm and suffering to Mexicans. Some of them are the National Council on Science and Technology (CONACyT), the National Institute of Genomic Medicine (INMEGEN), and the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER).

Meanwhile, he passed away on October 12, 2020, although he left a profound legacy in the field of health in our country. Their contribution is so great that it has been suggested that the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) bear his name. Currently, her collections are already part of the legacy of UNAM.

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