Manuel Velasco Departamento de Ciencias Biomédicas Central University of Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Manuel Velasco
Manuel Velasco, M.D., is a Professor of Pharmacology at the Central University of
Venezuela, School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Pharmacology Unit (CPU) at the
Vargas School of Medicine in Caracas, Venezuela. Before joining to CPU, he obtained his
Fellowship in Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA. Dr. Velasco
obtained his Fellowship at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. and acquired
considerable experience in the areas of nuclear transfer, embryonic stem cells, embryo
micromanipulation and state-of-the-art genetic engineering techniques in Biostatistics,
radioisotopes and advanced Clinical pharmacology in the Royal College of Physicians in
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
He has contributed significantly in the understanding of Endogenous Amines in blood
pressure control, and his observations on anti-hypertensive drugs have helped spark the
renewed interest in clinical pharmacology of this disease.
He has also served as a member of the Editorial Board or Reviewer ad hoc of the
following international journals: Hypertension, the Journal of Cardiovascular
Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the Journal of Hypertension , the
Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. He also serves as a Member of the Editorial Board of
the American Journal of Therapeutics and reviewer ad hoc of the Journal of Hypertension
and the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Dr. Velasco has edited several international congress series of Elsevier(The Netherlands)
In the area of Cardiovascular Physiology, Hypertension, Clinical Pharmacology and
Therapeutics and Internal Medicine.
Among his activities have being the founding of numerous scientific societies: Venezuelan
Society of Pharmacology, Venezuelan Society of Clinical Pharmacology, Interamerican
Society of Clinical Pharmacology, Latinamerican Society of Hypertension, Venezuelan
Society of Hypertension and Interamerican Society of Diabetes
He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of two of the most accredited Scientific Journals in Latin
America: “Archivos Venezolanos de Farmacología y Terapeutica” y la “Revista
Latinoamericana de Hipertensión”. Dr. Velasco is one of the top scientists involved in
Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology combining years of extensive research and
Dr Velasco is an author and co-author of many scientific papers in the field of
cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome diseases(Hypertension, prediabetes,
diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemias, etc)
Valmore Bermúdez Universidad Simón Bolivar Cucuta Colombia Biography
Biography of Valmore Bermúdez
Dr. Valmore Bermúdez is a researcher at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Colombia, and a professor of Biochemistry and Human Metabolism at the School of Medicine in La Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. He is also a member of the Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Research Center at la Universidad del Zulia. He received his MGS degree in both Endocrinology and Epidemiology and a Ph.D. degree in Nutrition and Metabolism. His expertise includes epidemiology and endocrinology: metabolic syndrome, thyroid diseases, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Gaceta Médica de Caracas. He is also the author of 350 publications.
Juan B. De Sanctis Palacký University Faculty of Medicine Olomouc Olomouc Czech Republic Biography
Biography of Juan B. De Sanctis
Dr. Juan B. De Sanctis is a researcher at the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University, Czech Republic and a Professor of Immunology and Biochemistry Institute of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Central de Venezuela. Member of FOCIS Center of Excellence in Immunology. He completed his PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology with an expertise in Inflammation, Metabolism, Flow Cytometry, Genetics, Pharmacology, and Immune response. Currently, Dr. Sanctis is a member of the editorial board of the journal Recent Patents on inflammation and allergy drug discovery. He has also served as a reviewer of 25 different journals. He has authored 175 publications and co-authored of two patents.
Section: Hypertension and Cardiac Injury
Carlos M. Ferrario Department of Surgery, Department Social Sciences and Health Policy Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC USA Biography
Biography of Carlos M. Ferrario
Ferrario’s research has advanced understanding and treatment of high blood pressure and vascular
disease by identifying the mechanisms of action of angiotensin in the brain through his discovery of the
area postrema as a site for the action of the hormone, the role of the heart in the development of
arterial hypertension, and elucidating new endocrine pathways leading to the formation and action of
angiotensins. Pioneering research in the renin-angiotensin system includes the discovery of the
antihypertensive function of angiotensin-(1-7), the role of angiotensin converting enzyme 2 as a
component of the opposing arm of the renin angiotensin system (3, 12), and the furthering of
understanding as to how inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme and angiotensin receptor
antagonists act on the body’s nervous and endocrine mechanisms to regulate blood pressure.
Section: Immunology and genetics of Hypertension
Claudio Ferri University of L’Aquila L’Aquila Italy Biography
Biography of Claudio Ferri
Claudio Ferri was born in Rome on June 1957 and received his degree in Medicine and his specialty in Internal Medicine at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where he began his studies on hypertension and its vascular consequence. He is currently Director of the Division of Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the University of L’Aquila – San Salvatore Hospital.
He is also Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the School of Internal Medicine and PhD in Internal Medicine and Public Health.
During his career, he has published over 300 international peer reviewed papers (H index on Scopus = 53) on cardiovascular topics (particularly on drug and food impacts on the cardiovascular system). Most of published papers derives from international collaborations. Prof. Ferri is also the co-author of medical textbooks.
Prof. Ferri is currently a member of the Scientific Council and Past-President of the Italian Society of Hypertension. He is regular member of the Regional Drug Committee and Ethics Committee.
He won various national and international awards since he was a resident at the Rome University.
He has conducted numerous clinical trials according to GCP.
E. Hurt-Camejo AstraZeneca and Karolinska Institute Solna Sweden
Zafar Israili Emory University Atlanta, GA USA Biography
Biography of Zafar Israili
Zafar H Israili has completed his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas and
has completed his training in Clinical Pharmacology from Emory University School of Medicine
(EUSM). He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at EUSM and an Adjunct Professor of
Chemistry at Georgia State University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Fez,
Morocco. He has work experience as an Adjunct Professor in Chemistry at the Emory University;
Adjunct Professor in Pharmacology at Morehouse School of Medicine and as a Research
Pharmacologist at Veterans Administration. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of
Hypertension; Latin American Journal of Hypertension and Guest Editor of International Journal
of Hypertension. Previously, he was the Editor of Ethnicity and Disease, Associate
Editor/Editorial Board Member of Drug Metabolism Reviews and Drug Development Research.
He is a reviewer for more than 60 medical- and scientific journals. He has published more than
200 research papers, reviews and book chapters.
Section: Metabolic Syndrome, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo Santander University Bucaramanga Colombia Biography
Biography of Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo
Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo was born in Quito, Ecuador, 10 February 1953. He is Medical Doctor by the
Universidad Central del Ecuador in 1978, Endocrinologist by the Colegio Medico de Pichincha,
Federación Médica del Ecuador in 1984, PhD in Pharmacology by the Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirao
Preto, Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1987. In 2004 received the title of Specialist in Clinic
Hypertension by the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Latin America Society of Hypertension
(LASH). Nowadays is the Scientific Director of the Masira Research Institute, Medical School,
Universidad de Santander (UDES) in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and Visiting Professor of the Eugenio
Espejo Medical School of the Universidad UTE, in Quito, Ecuador.
Lopez J. Miranda Department of Medicine University of Cordoba Cordoba Spain Biography
Biography of Lopez J. Miranda
Full Professor of Internal Medicine. Director of the Department of Internal Medicine. Reina Sofia
University Hospital. School of Medicine. University of Cordoba. Spain. Vice-Dean, School of Medicine.
University of Cordoba. Spain.
Prof. Lopez- Miranda has published almost 360 scientific articles in peer review journals, including The
Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis
and Vascular Biology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, Journal of American College of Cardiology, Atherosclerosis, Journal of Lipid Research and the
Journal of Nutrition. Moreover, Prof. López-Miranda has written reviews on the topic of Nutrition,
Metabolic Syndrome, Postprandial Metabolism and coronary heart disease, diet and genetics, and the
pathophysiology of arteriosclerosis. His “H” index is 51 at present.
Luis E. Munoz Department of Internal Medicine 3—Rheumatology and Immunology Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Germany Biography
Biography of Luis E. Munoz
Luis E. Muñoz Becerra, born in Venezuela, finished his medical studies at the Universidad de Oriente in 1999
and in 2002 he received his Master of Science in Immunology from the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela.
He started his research career as an immunologist in 2002 with the analysis of autoantibody profiles of
patients with SLE at the Institute for Clinical Immunology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.
In 2004 he emigrated to Germany, where he completed his doctorate as Dr. med. in 2008 and then to Dr. rer.
nat. in 2011 at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU). Due to his fruitful research
work on the biology of the neutrophil and its immunoregulatory properties, he obtained teaching
qualifications at the FAU, where he now leads a junior working group in the Department of Internal Medicine
3 - Immunology and Rheumatology.
Section: Internal Medicine, Telemedicine
Stefano Omboni Italian Institute of Telemedicine Solbiate Arno Italy
Section: Cardiology. Blood pressure monitoring
Giancarlo Parati University of Milano Milan Italy
Bernardo Rodriguez-Iturbe Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán Mexico City Mexico Biography
Biography of Bernardo Rodriguez-Iturbe
Médico Cirujano, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, Residency in Internal Medicine and
Fellowship Nephrology in the Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania. ExPresident of the Latin
American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (2007-2009), and Ex-President of the International
Society of Nephrology (2009-2011).
Research interests: The role of autoimmunity in Hypertension, post streptococcal glomerulonephritis
and pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease.
Section: Immunological diseases
Mon D. Soto Melchor Álvares Universidad de Alcala Alcala de Henares Spain
Harry Acquatella Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Harry Acquatella
Dr Aquatella is internationally-recognized for his expertise and scientific contributions in Chagasic
Myocardiopathy and echocardiography, as well as a medical professor and researcher. Dr Aquatella is a
board-certified and fellowship-trained in Medicine, Cardiology and Echocardiology who received his MD
degree and his Doctorate in Medical Sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He works at the
Department of Internal Medicine as a Professor in the Division of Cardiology at University Hospital of
Caracas and Caracas Medical Center. Dr Aquatella is a standing member and past president of the
National Academy of Medicine, and past member of the Scientific Council on Cardiomyopathies of
the International Society and Federation of Cardiology from 1980 to 1989. He has served as
President of The Fogarty Commission of The USA National Institute of Health for Venezuela and on the
editorial boards of Latin American Journal of Hypertension, and Venezuelan Archives of Pharmacology.
Trino Baptista Department of Physiology Los Andes University Medical School Merida Venezuela Biography
Biography of Trino Baptista
Trino Baptista is a Venezuelan
psychiatrist and Professor of Physiology and Biological Psychiatry at Los Andes University Medical
School in Merida, Venezuela. His academic areas of interest are: 1) the metabolic effects of
psychoactive drugs; 2) the safety of clozapine in subjects with psychoses; 3) the teaching of
evolution theory in psychiatry; 4) the application of Arthur Schopenhauer’s thought in psychiatric
education. He developed an animal model and conducted clinical trials evaluating the use of
metformin for antipsychotic drug-induced weight gain and metabolic disturbances. He is also a
clinical psychiatrist and provides drug treatments, cognitive therapy and transactional analysis.
Ezequiel Bellorin-Font Division of Nephrology Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO USA Biography
Biography of Ezequiel Bellorin-Font
Dr Ezequiel Bellorin-Font is a nephrologist specializing in the treatment of chronic kidney disease bone and mineral metabolism disorders, glomerular diseases, and disorders of calcium, phosphate, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D. He cares for patients in the hospital and clinic, including patients on dialysis. His research interests include chronic kidney disease and bone and mineral disorders. Dr.
Bellorin-Font is an instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of
Nephrology, at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American
Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology and Latin American Society of
Dr Bellorin-Font has worked for the advancement of nephrology in Venezuela and Latin
America and the development of the World Atlas of Nephrology.
Sergio R. Munoz University of La Frontera Temuco Chile
Editorial Board Members
Isaac Blanca Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Isaac Blanca
Doctor (PhD) in Physiological Sciences from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Magister Scientiarum
in Immunology from the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC). Postdoctoral studies in
Experimental Immunology at NIH, National Cancer Institute at Frederick Maryland, USA. Full professor of cellular
immunology and cáncer at the Institute of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine (UCV). Director of the Institute of
Immunology as FOCIS Center of Excellence in Clinical Immunology (FCE). Research interest: the study of natural
killer (NK) cells and their regulatory role in the adaptive immune response and as an effector mechanism against
Gloria M.V. Duque Universidad de Antioquia Medellín Colombia
Jenny V. Garmendia Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Jenny V. Garmendia
Dr Garmendia is Medical Doctor, MSc in Clicial Immunology and Internal Medicine. She is an Agregate
Professor of Clinical Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine in Caracas. Venezuela. Her expertise is in
immunology related clinical diseases, allergy, atuoiimune diseases, disease of pregnancy and fertility. She
has published over 45 international papers and she is currently involved in telemedicine for pregnancy
and in prodiving advise as clinical immunologist in the current coronavirus outbrake.
Gustavo A. Martinez Simon Bolivar University Barranquilla Colombia
Edgar Leal Pinto Northeastern University Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of Edgar Leal Pinto
Dr Leal-Pinto ́s entire career, and most recent work in the Logothetis lab at North
Eastern University, has been aimed at developing the lipid bilayer as an assay for ion
channel activity. Most recent work is exemplified by his recent contribution to the
gating of a G protein-sensitive K+ channel. In the past year, in a team with Dr Louis
De Felice we discussing the possibility of studying neurotransmitter transporters in
bilayers, overexpressing hDAT in oocytes, prepare liposomes from the surface
membranes and fuse these to the planar bilayer, a result with significant implications
for understanding neurotransmitter transporters and well suited for the R21
Dr Leal-Pinto has been performing lipid bilayer experiments for more than 20 years.
He successfully reconstituted and studied a large number of channel systems,
including the multidrug resistance protein, an inwardly rectifying K+ channel, a urate
channel/transporter, and a nucleic acid channel. He has developed the support
protocols for such studies, including a separation method using personal to purify
membranes, a sonication process to make proteoliposomes for fusion with planar
bilayers, and optimization of the lipid composition of the bilayer for superior
reconstitution. As PI or Co-Investigator on several previous universities- and NIH-
funded grants, he collaborated with other researchers and produced several peer-
reviewed publications from each project.
Nestor L. Uzcategui Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Nestor L. Uzcategui
Dr. Uzcátegui earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen (Germany). He is a full
professor at the Central University of Venezuela and currently a researcher at the University of
Tübingen (Germany). His research interests are related to membrane protein, autophagy, cellular
signalling, and regulated cell death in health and disease, with a special emphasis on infectious diseases.
Executive Guest Editors
Raul Giulio Carlini Bianchini University Hospital Caracas Venezuela
Anita Israel Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Anita Israel
Anita Israel, Pharmacist, Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Full Professor and Chief Researcher at the
Laboratory of Neuropeptides, School of Pharmacy, Universidad Central de Venezuela. Visiting Fellow
in the Section on Pharmacology, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. Research area: Neuroscience and
Neuropharmacology, related to molecular and physiological aspects of endocrine and cardiovascular
regulation, and intracellular signaling mechanisms of brain neuropeptide receptors. Developing
project: new biomarkers in hypercholesterolemia and metabolic syndrome in Venezuelan population.
Scientific production 475 abstracts, 3 books, and 207 publications. Direction of 14 Ph.D. and 6
Magister Theses. Honored with numerous awards. Editor in Chief: Revista de la Facultad de Farmacia.
Alicia Ponte-Sucre Central University of Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Alicia Ponte-Sucre
Alicia Ponte-Sucre is Emeritus Full Professor in Human Physiology (MSc-Physiology and Biophysics, DSc-
Pharmacology), Faculty of Medicine (Fac-Med), Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), and lecturer at
Graduate Courses and member of evaluation committees at Fac-Med, Pharmacy and Sciences, UCV. Her
interests focus on Trypanosomatidae (Leishmania and Trypanosoma): parasite-host interaction, adaptability and
its role in drug resistance, therapeutic tools development against these parasites. She has 75 publications, 111
participations in seminars and symposia and 176 free communications. She has edited four books (Horizon,
Springer Verlag, and Fundación Telefónica). She has been (Fac-Med, UCV): Chair of Human Physiology,
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Physiological Sciences, Scientific Affairs Coordinator. She has scientific
affiliations and has been: international project advisor, world-wide institutions and journals referee, member of
academic commissions and directorates and organizing committees, and invited visiting Professor [Würzburg
Rafael Rangel-Aldao Simon Bolivar University Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Rafael Rangel-Aldao
Rafael Rangel-Aldao received his MD from Universidad Central de Venezuela, in Caracas. and holds a
Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Rangel-Aldao has served at leading
positions as an Academic, Inventor, and Director of Research in Venezuela, as well as a visiting professor
at major universities of America and Europe. He has published extensively on biotechnology,
biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, plant physiology, and biomedical research, and food product
development. His scientific publications cover research papers, international patents on medicine and
foodstuffs, invited review articles, letters, and book chapters edited by eminent scientists.
Martin A. Rodriguez University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX USA Biography
Biography of Martin A. Rodriguez
Medical degree at Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, 1971
· Fellowship Immunology/Rheumatology, University of New Mexico, USA, 1982
· Magister Scientiarum Internal Medicine, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, 1990
· Doctorate degree in Medical Sciences, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2005
· Director Centro Nacional de Enfermedades Reumaticas, Hospital Universitario de Caracas, 1998‐2014
· Chief Division of Rheumatology, Hospital Universitario de Caracas,
· Head Research Centro Nacional de Enfermedades Reumaticas, Hospital Universitario de Caracas,
· Visiting Scholar Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
· Research interest: systemic autoimmune diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid
arthritis, T‐lymphocytes, clinical features.
Marta C. Romano CINVESTAV Mexico City Mexico
Felix J. Tapia Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Biography
Biography of Felix J. Tapia
Felix J. Tapia. Biologist from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and immunologist from the
University of London, UK. Full professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) and Head of
the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Instituto de Biomedicina, UCV. In 2005, he awarded by the most
prestigious scientific award in Venezuela: Premio Fundación Empresas Polar “Lorenzo Mendoza
Fleury” 2005. He was a member of editorial boards from the following scientific journals:Histology and
Histopathology, Acta Microscopica, Dermatologia Venezolana, Vitae, Immunobiology; and currently is
Editor in Our Dermatology, Journal of Microbiology & Experimentation and International Journal of
Clinical Dermatology & Research.