For many, talking about Dr. Katia Gysling is talking about one of the greatest contemporary references in addiction research. After graduating in 1975 from the University of Chile as a biochemist and continuing his studies at North American universities such as Saint Louis in pharmacology and Yale later, he has dedicated much of his life to researching and training undergraduate and doctoral students and members of the network. RICPA on topics related to basic neuroscience and addiction research.
These achievements have earned her to become one of the few female full professors at the Catholic University of Chile and also a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. However, her teaching role has not been an impediment to her investigative work, which she has never set aside, being one of the founders of the Chilean Society of Neuroscience, at the same time that she has managed to climb in social and governmental recognition reaching advise institutions such as SENDA and WHO on issues related to drug use. She is currently considered one of the largest spokespersons nationwide on neuroscience and addiction issues.
What motivated you to investigate addictions?
The experience as a child seeing how alcohol can do so much damage to people and realize that a person cannot leave it even if they wanted to. That made me look for a memoir for a biochemistry degree on the subject.