Eduardo Krieger

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Eduardo Moacyr Krieger (b. June 27, 1928, Cerro Largo, Rio Grande do Sul) is an influential Brazilian physician, physiologist and scientific leader, current president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.


Krieger was born to a family of German origins, in the small city of Cerro Largo, in the southernmost state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul. In 1946, he moved to Porto Alegre to study medicine at the Medical School of Porto Alegre. There, while he was student, he began working with Prof. Rubens Maciel at the Cardiology Department and decided to pursue a university career in the clinical area.

In 1954, he started a training program for new physiologists, created by CAPES in Porto Alegre under the coordination of Prof. Maciel. Since Brazil had few physiological research labs at the time, the program was partly supervised by Argentine physiologists, under Prof. Bernardo Houssay's leadership (Nobel Prize, 1947). Having made himself noted for his brilliance and dedication, young Eduardo was invited to work on experimental hypertension with Prof. Eduardo Braun-Menéndez in Porto Alegre and Buenos Aires, at the famous Instituto de Biología y Medicina Experimental created by Houssay. This opportunity represented a major influence on his later professional career. He then completed his training in cardiovascular physiology with Prof. W. Hamilton at the University of Georgia at Augusta, U.S., from 1956 to 1957.

Back in Brazil, he was invited to work at the Department of Physiology...
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