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Naming diseases after geographic locations can negatively impact entire communities and cultures, and is often misleading. WHO’s 2015 guidelines favor generic, symptom-based nomenclature that reduces misconceptions.
Online research projects like the organonitrogen degradation (ONDB) database teach students bioinformatics, collaboration and scientific thinking skills, regardless of location or laboratory access.
Dr. Natividad (“Natacha”) Ruiz, a newly elected AAM fellow, shares her research interests, journey —from Spain to the U.S.— and her dedication to DEI initiatives, especially those supporting the LGBTQIA community.