receives Fulbright Award
Iberico to research pediatric tuberculosis among impoverished populations in
medical student Matias Iberico has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student
Program scholarship to Peru in medical sciences, the United States Department
of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced
recently. Iberico is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for
the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
A student in the medical school’s five-year M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree program,
Iberico has long been interested in global health, public health, internal
medicine, pediatrics and infectious disease. The desire to conduct research
uniting these interests led him to submit a proposal to the Fulbright program.
Review commissions in both the United States and Peru selected Iberico for the
award, which will fund his research for the full 2010-11 academic year.
Iberico will travel to Lima, Peru, in August and will spend 10 months working
among impoverished, largely indigenous populations in the Ventanilla district,
which lies north of the national capital and consists largely of shantytowns
and slums. Iberico will work among dozens of researchers on the “Fighting
Poverty to Control Tuberculosis” project led by Carlton Evans, M.B.B.S.,
Ph.D., of the Imperial College London's Wellcome Centre for Clinical Tropical
Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Iberico was interested in working in Peru in part because of a personal
connection to the country. He was born in Lima and lived there until the age of
five, when his family moved to the United States. The family settled in Dayton
when Iberico was 15, and he graduated from Chaminade-Julienne High School
before obtaining a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international
educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed
to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and
the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on
the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated
leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155
countries worldwide. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded
the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.