A pioneer of cardiology: Luis de la Fuente will be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine

The idea arose in the city of La Rioja, more precisely from the University of La Rioja (UNLaR), where the University Hospital gave the go-ahead to channel the project so that a hero of the province, as it is considered to Cardiologist Luis de la Fuente, is a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Medicine, a distinction for which he had already been nominated in 2005, when he was nominated by Stanford University (California).

“It is a timely proposal for an illustrious Riojan such as Dr. De la Fuente, a doctor internationally recognized for being the world pioneer in invasive cardiology (since 1962), interventional cardiology (in 1965) and biointerventional cardiology (1999). In addition to having collaborated directly with Dr. René Favaloro, another priest, to found the Model Cardiology Institute that operates in Buenos Aires, “says pediatrician Daniel Quiroga, promoter of the initiative.

“It is a proposal that all the Rioja people support, because De la Fuente is a loved and admired person in La Rioja”, affirms Daniel Quiroga, pediatrician, promoter of the project. Photo Archive

How did the proposal come about? “This type of initiative can come from different places such as scientific societies, universities and in this case, being a Riojan with so many scrolls, with 400 scientific papers published in specialized journals and more than 50 awards, It has occurred to us to promote it not only from the University of La Rioja, but from the University Hospital, where De la Fuente is a person unanimously admired and respected “, says Quiroga, who is a full professor of the Pediatrics chair at the UNLaR.

Candidate for rector of the UNLaR for the October 26 elections, Quiroga makes it known that the formal request for the nomination to the Nobel Prize in Medicine “was sent this week and is on the entrance table of the university, to later be analyzed by the Superior Council, which will study the reason for De la Fuente’s candidacy. If you consider that it is adequate, the next step is the Ministry of Education of the Nation, which will do the same and from there it would begin its journey to the Karolinska Institute (in Sweden), responsible for naming each year the Nobel Prize in Medicine. ”

Luis de la Fuente was very surprised when he learned that he will be proposed again as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Photo Archive

Luis de la Fuente was very surprised when he learned that he will be proposed again as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Photo Archive

It’s a long way and De la Fuente is being considered for next year’s Nobel edition, the winner of which will be announced in October 2022 and the delivery will take place on December 10, the day that Alfred Nobel (in the year 1895) died, a Swedish industrialist whose last wish, according to his testament, was that his fortune be used “to create a series of prizes for those who took to bring out the greatest benefit to mankind in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace. “

Quiroga, who talks to Clarion From the classroom where he just taught, he says that the proposal to De la Fuente “was made by his son Héctor, because first we needed his consent and from what I understand his reaction was that of someone who receives a very pleasant and unexpected surprise. But here the most important thing is that a whole people is supporting it unanimously, because De la Fuente He is a Riojan who, as a premise, never stopped serving any Riojan“.

Quiroga thinks that there are not many people like De la Fuente, “a person loved by all sectors, who has always been a doctor at the service of the community and that is politically irreproachable, that is to say that he has not belonged to any political space nor has he been questioned. Luis is a scientist who has always worked for people. Although he is not practicing today (he is 89 years old), he is always a source of consultation “.

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A pioneer of cardiology: Luis de la Fuente will be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine

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