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Adriana Maria Montaño Suárez

Profile for Dr. Adriana Montano, Assistant Professor

Profile for Adriana Montaño

Name:   Adriana Maria Montaño Suárez

Birth Country:
 Colombia – South America

Academic Carrier:
- B.Sc. Biology - University of Los Andes (Bogotá-Colombia)
- Ph.D. Medical Sciences - Gifu University (Gifu – Japan)

Why do you have interest in this scientific carrier?

I started to work on inborn errors of metabolism as undergrad student in 1992 at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Los Andes in Colombia. I have been working in Morquio disease since 1996 when I went from Colombia to Japan to pursue my PhD in Morquio research with Dr Tomatsu and with Professor Orii at the Department of Pediatrics at Gifu University. There I could learn a lot about the disease. I worked mainly in mutation analysis of patients from all around the world and in characterizing the mouse Galns gene (which is defective in Morquio patients), in order to make an animal model that can help us to develop therapies for MPS IVA. Moreover, I could be in contact with many Japanese Morquio patients. The main motivation for me besides a scientific interest on the fascinating field of lysosomal storage disorders, is the development of a therapy for children affected with Morquio disease. It is very important to me to interact with Morquio patients and their families.  Their strength in working together with us towards a better quality of life for all the MPS IVA patients and the cure as a definite goal is a great inspiration. Just to think that we are so close to get into pre-clinical trial is an incentive for me.  Ten years ago this was just a dream…but now it is becoming true. To see the smile of a Morquio child gives me the best energy I can get to work harder and harder everyday in the lab.
Reading books, pastel painting and listening music.

Dream or future aim:
My aim is to keep working hard for Morquio kids and their families to reach a treatment that will be approved soon.

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