The senior researcher, linked to the Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine (ICMT) - CES University, Dr. Berta Nelly Restrepo Jaramillo, received the Medellín Investiga award from the Medellín Mayor's Office and the Antioquia Science and Technology Center - CTA- 4.0, A toda una vida, for his work in epidemiological research in Colombia.
The distinction was presented on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 27 by the mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, during the ceremony held at the Plaza Mayor Convention Center, where the municipal administration also recognized 14 researchers, students and entities in five categories.
From a very young age, Dr. Berta Nelly discovered that her vocation was to dedicate herself to medicine. At the end of his undergraduate degree at the University of Antioquia, he worked at the Metropolitan Institute of Health, practicing in the healthcare area. However, completing his specialization in epidemiology at CES University opened the doors to research and identified that it is a world to explore. In addition, there are great needs and that very valuable contributions can also be made to society from this area.
Her career as a researcher began at the Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine (ICMT) in 1994. Dr. affirms that: "I spent the best years of my life there, full of good experiences and above all a lot of learning."
The discoveries regarding causes and risk factors in diseases of the population, the fact of imparting knowledge through teaching and multidisciplinarity with people from different areas contributing to the same objective, are some of the fruits of his more than 20 years of work.
In addition, the honoree thanks the (ICMT) and the CES University for all the trust they placed in her and especially for the honorary doctorate in Health Sciences, recognition she received in 2018 of which she is very proud.
Research is not only about putting findings and information on paper, it is about being able to bring to discussion and put on the table, problems and situations that future generations can work towards to solve them. Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya are some of the diseases that he studied within indigenous populations, Afro-descendants, etc ... In order to find ways to mitigate their impact and above all to save lives.
With the receipt of this award, Dr. Berta Nelly Restrepo thanks all the people who contributed to her training: teachers, institutions, directors, bosses, colleagues and especially her family, which played a very important role, since they had to Be understanding and be patient, as this job was time consuming. To her parents who in the midst of a changing society gave her the opportunity to study, her husband who accompanied her to fulfill her dreams and who gave her their 4 children and 2 grandchildren, also helping with the responsibilities that a home entails.
Today there remains the satisfaction of the duty accomplished and the researcher amid nostalgia and joy confirms that so many years of effort were worth it.