Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Education: Universidade de Sao Paulo
Rui Curi has established himself as a top researcher in biomedical sciences, with over three hundred articles to his credit, as well Fellowships at the National Institutes of Health, the Faculté de Mèdicine de Bruxelas, and the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo in 1984, one year after joining the faculty of its department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences; he is currently a full professor there as well as the head of the department. He has also been an independent researcher for CONICET.
Very concerned about the increase in diabetes mellitus not only in the Brazilian population, but worldwide, Rui Curi plans to continue his studies of the central role of fatty acids in the pathogenesis and complications of that disease. His research group at the University of São Paolo has been investigating this issue since 1995. A few of the numerous articles Mr. Curi has coauthored on this subject in 2007 alone follow: "Time-dependent effects of fatty acids on skeletal muscle metabolism," with S. M. Hirabara et al. (Journal of Cellular Physiology, vol. 210, pp. 7-15); "Diabetes associated cell stress and dysfunction – Role of mitochondrial and non-mitochondrial ROS production and activity," with P. Newsholme et al. (Journal of Physiology [London], vol. 583, pp. 9-24); and "Mechanisms by which fatty acids regulate leucocyte function," with T. M. de Lima et al. (Clinical Science, vol. 113, pp. 65-77).
Mr. Curi is a member of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Physiological Society, the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science, the Brazilian Physiological Society, and the Brazilian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society.