For this WiSE Wednesday, we will be talking about a recipient of the Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring, Dr. Elaine Del Bel. Currently a Professor at the University of São Paolo, Dr. Elaine Del Bel was nominated and selected for this award due to her outstanding record for mentorship of women in neuroscience. She is no stranger in training and mentorship, having done so to a variety of age groups such as undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctorates, and young scientists from Central and South America.
Dr. Elaine Del Bel is from Brazil, and received her PhD from the University of São Paolo. She then went on to do her postdoc at the University of Manchester in England. After that, she became a researcher at the University of São Paolo in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, at the Ribeirão Preto Dental School. She would become an Assistant Professor and later a Full Professor in 2013.
Dr. Elaine Del Bel is also a part of numerous committees, programs, and organizations. She is the President of the Federation of Neuroscience Societies in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula (FALAN). FALAN was founded in 2013 which promotes a network between people in the research of Neuroscience. She has organized meetings for Women in World Neuroscience as part of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). She has also been a part of programs that are involved with promoting equality between students, particularly women students in Latin America.
She is interdisciplinary, having experience in Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biochemistry. Her research focuses on the central nervous system. She is working on certain neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Schizophrenia, and looking at the consequences of certain drugs and treatments. If you would like to read more about her research, please consider checking out some of her publications.