Dr. Martina A. Maggioni visited the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá, Colombia, to hold a series of lectures on the topic of “Cardiac Autonomic modulation in Extreme Environments: from Earth to Space” for the Annual Seminar of Physiology, hosted by the local Faculty of Sciences and the Department of Physiological Sciences.

She received a very warm welcome from Prof. Ignacio M. Zarante, Head of the Department of Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and has been assisted during her visit by Dr. María José Fernández Sánchez, MD., MSc, Internist and Pneumologist, Professor of Physiology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – Hospital San Ignacio.

She had the chance to visit the Physiology labs and the Medical Faculty and also to start new collaborations.

From the left: Dr María José Fernández Sánchez, Dr. Martina A. Maggioni and Prof. Ignacio M. Zarante

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is a Jesuit University established in 1623 in Bogotá and for this reason one of the most traditional institutions in Colombia. Currently, it has 18 Faculties and 181 academic programs, including the Master of Biological Sciences and its Research Line in Physiology.

This visit is part of the Graduate Program of the Faculty of Sciences, leaded by Dr. Alba Trespalacios, and was funded by the Colombian agency ICETEX of the Ministry of National Education. The program is addressed to make alliances with the main Research Centers around the world and each year it hosts a new international guest professor.

Taking advantage that Bogotá is one of the most populated cities settled above 2600 meters asl, and surrounded by mountains of 3.200 m of altitude, this alliance opens the door to a new series of studies about human physiological adaptation to high altitude.

Main entrance of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

During the Lecture at the Main Hall of the Medical School of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

With part of the Team at the Physiological Sciences  Department