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LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GENOMICS RESEARCH CONSORTIUM PARTNER IS CONFERED AS AN AMBASSADOR OF PEACE

May 17, 2012

Elena Záppoli, a close partner of the Latin American and Caribbean Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Consortium, a collaboration between the University of Miami’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG), received the “Flag of Peace” and was named as an official ambassador of peace by the Foundation for Peace, Ecology & Art (Fundación Paz, Ecología & Arte), and the One Thousand Millenniums of Peace organization (Mil Milenios de Paz).  Argentina’s largest Spina Bifida association, the Asociación para Espina Bífida e Hidrocefalia (APEBI), headed by Ms. Záppoli, also received the status of “Embassy of Peace” on May 4th, 2012.  APEBI has been promoting advocacy efforts to prevent neurological pathologies since 1975 and connects UM’s NTD Consortium directly to ongoing efforts to prevent genetic disorders. 

As an “Embassy of Peace,” Ms. Záppoli and APEBI will assert the importance of the Universal Day of Culture (Día Universal de la Cultura) within the guise of science and spirituality and contribute to the construction of a culture of peace among all human beings and the diverse communities in which they live. 

To learn more about the official launch of the first Latin American and Caribbean NTD Consortium in Buenos Aires, visit the CLAS webpage here.  You can also learn more about APEBI and their recent designation as an “Embassy of Peace” on their website