Inspiring Students in Ecuador
Students at the Albert Einstein School in Quito, Ecuador, were honored to meet TAU Prof. Zvi Laron at a visit arranged by TAU representative in Ecuador and head of the school, Raquel Katzkowicz.
An Israel Prize laureate, Prof. Laron is a pediatric endocrinologist best known for his discovery of Laron syndrome, a form of dwarfism that is caused by lack of absorption of the growth hormone in cell receptors. Approximately one-fifth of sufferers reside in Ecuador's Loja region.
The students were enriched by the opportunity to learn of his discovery in an interactive lecture where Prof. Laron answered the many questions they enthusiastically posed. "It is exceptional to have a chance to meet someone who is so knowledgeable and wise. It was an honor to have him here in Ecuador and in our school," said Isabel Machado, one of the 11th grade students who took a keen interest in Prof. Laron's research.