Dr Jorge Alvar Ezquerra, Senior Advisor of the Leishmaniasis Programme at DNDi, was accepted as a full member occupying seat number 26 of RANME, the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain (Real Academia Nacional de Medicina de España), on 29 June in Madrid. On the occasion, Dr Alvar read his induction speech ‘Poverty and disease: discussion and fight against tropical diseases,’ which was a summary of his book with the same name that will be launched after the event.
Dr Alvar has been a corresponding member of the RANME since 1994 and will now take the seat corresponding to preventive and social medicine. He also receives an academic title for his scientific contribution in the field of tropical diseases.
‘It is really rewarding to have the acknowledgement of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain. Dr Alvar has shown his commitment to neglected tropical diseases, particularly leishmaniasis, for over 30 years, and DNDi is proud to have him as part of the team,’ said Dr Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director of DNDi, who attended the ceremony.
Dr Alvar obtained the degree of Doctor in Medicine from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Bernhard Nocht Institute in Germany. He is also a visiting scientist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. At present, he is Senior Advisor of the Leishmaniasis Programme at DNDi, a programme he directed between 2013 and 2018. Likewise, he has served at the World Health Organization (WHO), leading the Programme for Leishmaniasis Control between 2004 and 2012.
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