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Jorge Juárez González, Ph.D.

e-mail: jjuarez@cencar.udg.mx
Full Professor-Researcher “C”
Pharmacology and Behavior Laboratory
Neuroscience Institute, CUCBA
University of Guadalajara

Dr. Juárez began his scientific activity in 1974 in the Physiology Department of the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas (Institute for Biomedical Research) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), while simultaneously studying for his B.A. in Psychology. During that period, his research focused on the effect of diverse physiological and social variables on the behavior of non-human primates. His principal interest was to study the effects of sexual hormones on sexual and aggressive behavior and the role that sexual differences play in the social dynamics of monkey groups. He obtained his B.A. in 1986 and, in 1989, his Master’s in Psychobiology from the Faculty of Psychology at the UNAM. In collaboration with the St. Kitts Center for Primate Studies at McGill University (Canada), and the Centro Nacional de Investigación Científica (National Center for Scientific Research) (Havana, Cuba), he conducted studies on the pharmacological effects of alcohol on monkey behavior (1986-1988). Then, in 1994, having earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the Faculty of Medicine at the UNAM, he joined the staff of the Instituto de Neurociencias (Neuroscience Institute) at the Universidad de Guadalajara (University of Guadalajara) as a Full-time Researcher; a position he still holds today.

As an independent researcher, Dr. Juárez has developed his own line of research in the field of Pharmacology and Behavior. He has published numerous scientific articles in highly prestigious journals and work of scientific dissemination at the international level. He has also published many chapters in scientific books and coordinated the edition of others with similar characteristics. Dr. Juárez’ publications have been cited frequently in scientific journals, and he has been invited to participate as a speaker at international congresses and universities abroad. Also, he has collaborated as a Reviewer for scientific articles in journals of recognized prestige. In addition, he has established and maintained agreements for collaboration on research projects with institutions both national and international. Since 1988, his area of research has been oriented towards the study of the neurophysiological substrate of motivational aspects and behavioral alterations, primarily those related to addictions to substances and behavior.

In the field of teaching, he has imparted courses at the Master’s and Doctoral level without interruption since 1992, while also directing and supervising undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral theses. With respect to activities related to institutional development, he has served as Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Behavioral Sciences (orientation Neuroscience), and as the of Coordinator Research. He has also been a member of the Ethics Committee, the Academic Board, and the Editorial Council of the Neuroscience Institute (University of Guadalajara), and has participated in diverse commissions and technical support groups for Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología-CONACyT (Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council). He is also a member of collegial academic groups. In 2006, he represented the University of Guadalajara in the area of Neurosciences on the Latin American Council for Scientific Research, under the auspices of UNESCO. He belongs to a consolidated academic leadership group, and has enjoyed recognition as a desirable PROMEP profile since that distinction was instituted. He was admitted to Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI) in 1990, where he is currently recognized as belonging to Level III.