The Santiago Center has been able to take advantage of the solid and strong body of Columbia University’s scientists by reaching out and inviting them to travel to Chile to publicize their work, establish collaboration with local counterparts and recruit post-doc students to work in their Campus labs.
In March 2017, a delegation from Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) traveled to Santiago to participate in a joint symposium with the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering of Universidad Católica (UC) on biological engineering, biomaterials, bioimaging and biomechanics. A number of BME-UC projects have already received funding and are underway.
This was followed in September by the visit of a delegation of four faculty members from the Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology of Columbia University’s Medical Center to participate in a Train the Trainer symposium about the treatment of strokes and other neurological emergencies.
In April 2018, Columbia University’s Professor Martin Chalfie, one of the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, traveled to Chile to participate in the Puerto de Ideas Science Festival, an event in northern Chile’s city of Antofagasta that attracts scholars and researchers from around the world. During his visit, he also met with a group of ten young scientists working in physics, biology, biochemistry and biomedicine at different Chilean universities.