Cuban Ambassador, Delegation, Visit SALSA and ACABI, Bring Attention to Diabetes, Amputation, Innovation

A delegation led by Jose R. Cabañas, Cuban Ambassador to the USA, spent two days in meetings, discussions and events focusing on the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) and the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation. “It was an honor to have the Ambassador meet our team, our patients, and our greater University of Arizona family”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). “The fact that there is now one diabetes-related amputation every 20 seconds worldwide– and the fact that this figure knows no borders– highlights the need for collaboration locally, nationally, and internationally.” The visit included discussions of a novel growth factor that may aid in healing diabetic foot wounds developed by a team led by Jorge Berlanga Acosta, a colleague of Armstrong’s in Cuba. Marvin Slepian, Professor of Medicine and Director of ACABI further posited that “We see this visit as the next step in a strong bilateral relationship between our teams at SALSA and ACABI.”

From Left: Ambassador Jose R. Cabañas, Prof Marvin J. Slepian and Prof David G. Armstrong 


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