J. Roberto Trujillo, MD, ScD
Roberto Trujillo, MD, ScD, is Chairman of the TruBios Foundation, President and CEO of TruBios LLC, as well as Founder and President of the Pan American Society of Neurovirology. Dr. Trujillo was the first doctoral student from Harvard University to combine studies of neuroscience and virology; hence, he is considered a pioneer by the Harvard Medical School in the field of molecular neurovirology. Over the last twenty five years, Dr. Trujillo has leveraged his scientific work to become a key leader in promoting biomedical research and biotechnology in Latin America. He has collaborated with several of the most influential government officials and corporate executives in the region to improve and modernize the infrastructure in biomedical research and biotechnology. His commitment includes developing cutting-edge biomedical research centers, biological level-3 laboratories, and MD/PhD, postdoctoral and professorial exchange programs between Latin American universities and US institutions, including Harvard University, the NIH, and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Trujillo has received numerous awards, including the Othli Recognition, the National Research NIH Training Award, the Helena Rubinstein Award at Harvard University, the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from NIH, the Outstanding Professor of Neurovirology by the Pan American Society of Neurology; the Outstanding Professional of Science in Mexico; and three times received the “Key of the City” in the State of Mexico. Recently, Dr. Trujillo was also recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Professional Mexicans in the US.” He continues to lecture nationally and internationally in the field of neurovirology and neuroAIDS and sits on several consulting and scientific editorial boards, including the Ad Hoc Reviewer of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of AIDS Research, NIH; Ad Hoc Reviewer of the World Bank; Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, and he is a former Permanent Member of the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Committee at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.
Vice President / Director
Rachel Rose, MS
Rachel Rose is the Vice President and Director of the TruBios Foundation. In her role, she is involved with strategic planning, board development, and overseeing the fundraising effort. With over twenty five years experience in philanthropic endeavors, she developed senior level positions in medical schools and hospitals, spearheaded corporate and foundation relations, oversaw major and leadership gifts, and was responsible for Board of Trustee development. Rose received her BS in Nutrition and Microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1989 to 2009, Rose worked at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2005 to 2007, she was the Vice President of Development and External Affairs at the New York Downtown Hospital. In her position as the Vice President for Development and External affairs of the Pan American Society of Neurovirology, she oversaw corporate networking, development of education, research and leadership of medical sciences in the Americas.
Board of Directors
Margarita Solis specializes in information technology, particularly in the areas of health education and science. Through her duties she contributed to the fulfillment of international agreements signed by Mexico such as Millennium Development Goals. Solis is currently the General Director of the Instituto Jalisciense de Tecnologías de la Información AC (IJALTI). This Institute is in charge of developing information technology, microelectronics and multimedia industries in the State of Jalisco, which is considered Mexico’s Silicon Valley. Solis occupies a remarkable position to lead, organize and facilitate a high-tech ecosystem by representing government, academia and industry. She collaborated with other states and IT clusters to implement the biggest telecommunication network in Latin America to provide wideband connectivity services to schools, hospitals and government offices in the State of Jalisco. She worked in a special international team with WiMAX Forum for smart cities promotion and development. Solis has received recognition in magazines such as Manufactura 2001, CNNExpansion 2009, E100 2012. She is active in all forms of media: TV (CNN en Español, canal 8, canal 7), press conferences, magazines, local and national newspapers. Solis graduated as an industrial engineer with summa cum laude honors, she received a master’s degree in informatics and business by the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Guadalajara. She has furthered her studies at Harvard and other institutes. She has worked as a consultant for the United States and Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), as well as Panasonic, Bticino, Lala, Mabe and others.
Dr. Stefan Fernandez Zambrano
Stefan Fernandez obtained his MD from the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. He was chief resident in psychiatry at the Hospital Universitario, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. He was a teaching assistant and instructor of psychiatry for the pre-graduate medical students at the University Hospital. He supervised the hospitalized psychiatric patients. He was a member of the Citizen Council of Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Association Psiquiátrica del Noreste. He participated in courses, including “Education for Preventing Addictions” State Government, Secretary of Education and “Integral Health to Students” Groups Dynamics, Family Violence, State Government; Direction of Social links, Monterrey, México. He has done a fellowship in couples and family therapy at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. One area of Dr. Fernandez’s research is attitudes towards psychiatry by non-psychiatric residents, and attitudes towards psychiatry in Public Hospitals vs. Private Hospitals.
Eduardo Durnhofer, Esq.
Attorney Eduardo Durnhofer is a member of the New York State Bar and admitted to practice law in Mexico. Durnhofer has over fifteen years of corporate law experience and his practice has focused in the areas of finance and securities, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust law, joint ventures, corporate governance, regulatory affairs and international transactions. Before becoming involved in the biotechnology business, Durnhofer was involved in the leadership and design of a transformation and modernization project to improve procurement, human resources and financial management, contracting practices as well as hearing and reconsideration procedures contracting with the Secretariat of Administration and Finance of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Washington, D.C. At the OAS, he also promoted the use of mediation and conciliation as mechanisms to foster communication and interaction in the resolution of disputes. Prior to his service at the OAS, he was a member of one of the most respected corporate and commercial law firms in Mexico, providing legal services to a range of U.S., European and international clients. Durnhofer received his Law Degree with honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a specialized Master of Laws in Corporate Law Degree from New York University. In 1997, he published a thesis in entitled “Principal Effects of the Application of Chapter XIX of the NAFTA.” In 2005, he co-authored an article in the North American Free Trade & Investment Report entitled “Mexican Secured Transactions Law: The Long and Winding Road to the Floating Lien”, and an article in the Latin American Law & Business Report, entitled “Theory vs. Practice: Creditor Rights in Mexico since Creation of Non-Possessory Pledge and Guaranty Trust”.
Diabetes and Obesity: Share Your Calories Project
Catherine Jones is the Project Director for Share Your Calories. She was instrumental in developing the concept of curbing obesity and world hunger with the use of a mobile app. The mission of the Share Your Calories App is to end world hunger and cut obesity rates one calorie at a time. Catherine is an award-winning author of three nutrition-cookbooks, including The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook:, Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be (2nd Edition), and Eating for Lower Cholesterol: A Balanced Approach to Heart Health with Recipes Everyone Will Love. Her goal is to increase calorie awareness, to inspire people to cook at home, and to adopt healthy lifestyles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Connecticut College and has a diploma from La Varenne Culinary School in France. Catherine calls Bethesda, Maryland home. More information available at www.caloriesinandcaloriesout.com.