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Wave of connection

By Liu Xiangrui | China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-01 08:11

Wave of connection

Pedro Valdes Sosa won the Tianfu Friendship Award from the Sichuan provincial government in 2016. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Cuban neuroscientist Pedro Valdes Sosa has helped bring medical technology to China. Liu Xiangrui reports.

Cuban neuroscientist Pedro Valdes Sosa's dream of using science to change people's lives brought him to China.

The 67-year-old heads the China-Cuba Laboratory for Translational Neurotechnology at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

The facility was established in 2013 by the university and the Cuban Neuroscience Center, the institute he cofounded in Havana.

He was previously associated with the Cuban Academy of Sciences, among other institutes.

"Since I was a child, I was fascinated by China, and there is a reason for that," says Sosa.

His family members were communists. His uncle visited China soon after the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949 and met Premier Zhou Enlai.

Sosa was born and raised in the United States-his parents moved there as doctors but he recalls hearing about China from his family and reading books.

He later saw the advantages of working in China, including the scientific potential. He was keen to bring Cuba's medical development experience to the country.

In 1990, he and his twin brother founded the Cuban Neuroscience Center and used informatics to analyze brain activity.

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