International Science Programme (ISP)

Latin American Network for Research in Bioactive Natural Compounds (LANBIO)

The network LANBIO was conceived in 1991, and supported by ISP from that year, as a coordination of natural products researchers (chemists, biochemists, biologists, etc.) sharing knowledge and laboratory facilities for the identification and characterization of biologically active compounds isolated from regional natural sources. 

More than thirty laboratories in fifteen universities spread over the South American continent initially constituted LANBIO membership. It was later decided that LANBIO should concentrate on two programs, neurochemistry at the Clemente Estable Institute in Uruguay, and ecological chemistry at Universidad de Chile. Furthermore, activities focused on research-building efforts in a few designated centres. The program in neurochemistry concentrated in Cuba and Peru, and later new collaborations were started in Bolivia and Paraguay. The ecological chemistry program focused on Peru, and later on Bolivia, mainly Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) at Cochabamba, and is the program supported by ISP since 2009. LANBIO is coordinated by Professor Hermann M. Niemeyer, Department of Ecological Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Objectives

The present objectives of LANBIO are to build up competence and promote development of active research groups doing high quality basic science within problems of local relevance and with the tools of ecological chemistry, in Bolivia. Ecological chemistry is a priority area in Bolivia as it involves the study and eventual utilization of natural resources. Training of Bolivian fellows, at University of Chile, have had different emphases from mainly ecological to mainly chemical all sharing analytical organic chemistry as a basic tool. The research programs of LANBIO fellows are generally tailored to their previous experiences and competence, and take into account the research priorities at their home institutions.

Contact

Professor Hermann Niemeyer, Universidad de Chile
Email: niemeyer@abulafia.ciencias.uchile.cl

Nodes in the network