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EGENIS seminar: "Radioisotopes, electrophoresis, and the Third World: a global look into biomedicine", Prof Edna Suárez-Diaz (Universidad Autónoma de México)

Egenis seminar series

African, Asian, and Latin American scientists have contributed heavily to the biomedical understanding of bodies and diseases that transformed health interventions in the second half of the 20th century. As researchers in newly created national institutions, or as officials at international agencies such as the IAEA and the WHO, they built and sustained scientific networks that took over a host of “neglected diseases”, most of them still classified under the label of tropical medicine. Radioisotopes, electrophoresis, immunoassays, and many other biomedical technologies of the 1950s-1970s can be used as historical tracers of biomedical research within these transregional networks, revealing the crossing of political and ideological frontiers in the context of development programs during the early Cold War.

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The immunological response to contagious diseases, or the molecular mechanisms of the most severe manifestations of malnutrition and anemia, illustrate the many topics where human and material resources were heavily invested in the decades after WW2. Attention to these hitherto invisible actors and fields provides a richer history of biomedicalization and of scientific and technological standardization on a global scale.

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