Manuel Limonta: Honoris Causa
The Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico City (UAM) had awarded the title of Doctor honoris causa to Manuel de Jesús Limonta Vidal for his outstanding contributions to medical and biological sciences. Manuel Limonta was the founding director of the Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) and led the research team, which for the first time produced Interferon in Cuba in the 1980s. One of his foremost goals had always been the application of medical achievements for the benefit of society.
During the ceremony, Enrique Fernández Fassnacht, rector of the UAM, and José Antonio de la Peña, Chair of the ICSU Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (ICSU RCLAC), highlighted Manuel Limonta's achievements. Enrique Fernández Fassnacht stressed that Manuel Limonta is an important personality for medical sciences in Cuba and in the world because of his achievements related to the development of knowledge in the fields of hematology and immunology. José Antonio de la Peña said that Manuel Limonta “has been closely linked to the best part of the history of the Cuban Revolution and its social impact”.