Int. J. Dev. Biol. In Press
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.200049rm
© UPV/EHU Press

20 years of the Practical Course of Developmental Biology in Latin America: From Santiago to Quintay, via Juquehy, Buenos Aires and Montevideo

Roberto Mayor

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, Gower Street, London

ABSTRACT There is growing demand for learning developmental biology in Latin America and a need for advanced students to interact with world leaders of this discipline. This article summarizes some of the efforts that Latin America is doing to satisfy the demand in training the young Latin American minds for the developmental biology of the future. I focus on a particular course that has been linked to the origins of the Latin America Society of Developmental Biology (LASDB). I describe the motivations to start organizing this course twenty years ago, its history and setbacks. We tracked back the current situation of former students to find out that more than 90% are still doing developmental biology all across the globe. I describe the state of affairs of the course on its current location in the CIMARQ campus of the Universidad Andres Bello (UNAB), in a place called Quintay on the Chilean coast and I ask about its future.

Keywords:

Latin America course, developmental biology, Quintay, Chile, teaching, UNAB

*Corresponding author e-mail: r.mayor@ucl.ac.uk