Dreams of a cure

Mitacs Globalink Research Intern Daniel Orozco investigates gene linked to complex chronic diseases

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 thanks the Government of Canada and Research Manitoba for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan.

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