Ecuadorian High Schoolers

Ecuadorian High Schoolers

Students at the Albert Einstein School in Quito, Ecuador, were honored to meet Israel Prize laureate, Prof. Zvi Laron. The visit was arranged by Tel Aviv University representative in Ecuador and school head, Raquel Katzkowicz. Prof. Laron, Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Endocrinology at Tel Aviv University and Director of the Endocrinology & Diabetes Research Unit at Schneider Children's, is best known for his discovery of Laron syndrome, a form of dwarfism that is caused by lack of absorption of the growth hormone in cell receptors. Approximately one-fifth of sufferers reside in Ecuador's Loja region.

Prof. Laron answered many questions posed by the enthusiastic students during an interactive lecture. "It is an exceptional opportunity to meet someone who is so knowledgeable and wise, and an honor to have him here in Ecuador and in our school," said Isabel Machado, one of the 11th grade students who took a keen interest in Prof. Laron's research.