“500 million people worldwide suffer from invasive amebiasis, the disease kills 110,000 people per year.”
Born on Sept. 10, 1955 in San Buenaventura, Coahuila, Mexico. Dr. González won the MEXWII 2006 award for her work on diagnostic methods for invasive amebiasis. María González patented the processes to diagnose invasive amebiasis, a parasitic disease that kills over 100,000 people each year.
Her parents are Maria del Socorro Garcia Gonzalez and Humberto Flores Flores. She is the first of 5 siblings from her family and is now married to Federico Castaneda and has a daughter Ana Cecilia and son Juan Jorge. Dr. González grew up in a home where everyone was treated equally and her parents always instilled the importance of a good education. She was raised to help people study and get ahead. Dr. Gonzalez’s parents had a very open relationship with their children and always had open dialoge during dinner. Dr. Gonzalez’s Grandmother was a very strong willed woman that inspired Dr. Gonzalez to excel.
She studied her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry as a drug biologist at the Faculty of Chemical Sciences at the Autonomous University of Coahuila (1976). Master’s and doctorate of Science specializing in immunology (1986) at the National School of Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute (1982). Conducted a post-doctoral in the Unité d, Immunohematopatologie. Institute in Paris Paris (1985). Dr. Gonzalez is the author of 21 articles published in national and international journals and 17 popular articles.
Dr. Gonzalez is a professor and coordinator of the master’s and doctorate in Science specializing in Medical Microbiology. Part of the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), and a researcher attached to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Institute of Biotechnology and UANL National System of Researchers Level 1. Her teaching is in undergraduate Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics of pathogens and Microbiology and Medical Microbiology in the graduate programs. She is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) and owns two patents in Mexico and another two in the US.
After her dedicatation of 20 years to the study of amebiasis, the doctor and her team discovered how to diagnose amebiasis more effective and this new diagnostic method offers significant advantages over the currently used commercial appeal. Her method was highly tested and validated by 300 doctors to include medical authorities at the national level. Her research has reached the point of developing a vaccine against amebiasis, but this will depend most of all from the support with which it can rely to continue their work.
The illness of invasive amebiasis is the formation of parasites in the intestine that can actually be harmful to health. Dr. Gonzalez explains that the test has been validated in populations of patients who have liver problems or have multiparasites affecting their liver, lungs or brain, also among those affected by stress. There are parasites that do not represent higher risk and can be removed spontaneously by the human body, but the variety that leads to invasive amebiasis character is aggressive and can cause severity in the health of a patient. Among the most notorious symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal pain. She referred to the invasive amebiasis as a neglected disease and that it continues to affect a significant number of people nationally, and the interest given to its eradication is at a low. She argues that the presentation of symptoms for invasive amebiasis depended on the variety of the parasites hosted by the human body.
Because of Dr. Gonzalez Thousand of lives will be saved. She has received many well deserved acknowledgments. Some of them are:
• Member of the National System of Researchers, SEP-CONACyT, 1986
• National Award for Clinical Gastroenterology, 1994
• Abraham Ayala Gonzalez Award from the Mexican Society for Gastroenterology, 1994
• Bristol Myers Squibb Award, 1997
• PROMEP Profile, SEP 1998
• Award Travel Award IASL / APASL Japan 2000, International Association of Gastroenterology
• Award Techno Innovation Prize, 2003
• Member of the Corps Scholar of Biotechnology, 2004
• Prix Special MEXWII, 2006
• The Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Biology Prize, 2007