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August 2013

Dreams of a cure

“Since I was a child, I have always had an inherent interest for all things science, specifically in chemistry and biology,” explains Daniel Orozco, a Mitacs Globalink Research Intern posted at the University of Manitoba.

Daniel comes to Canada from Guadalajara, Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey’s Department of Biotechnology engineering on a 12-week Mitacs Globalink internship. Under the guidance of Dr. Peter Eck, from the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, he is contributing to research on the genes implicated in complex chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes.

His research seeks to better understand the “orphan gene”, a gene discovered by Dr. Eck that is linked to complex diseases. He is also researching how gene-specific therapies can be used for treatment.

“My dream is to participate in research that will find a cure for a disease which affects so many. Contributing to this research project, alongside Dr. Eck, has been a step towards fulfilling my dream.”

Daniel has developed a soft spot for Winnipeg’s natural landscape, “I love walking around in the city. The combination between the city’s infrastructure and wooded area is extremely beautiful, it’s like being in an urban forest! I look forward to returning to Winnipeg to pursue my masters at the University of Manitoba.”


Mitacs would like to thank the following government and international partners, in addition to our full and associate university partners, for their support of Globalink in 2013: Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the China Scholarship Council, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico