MEXICO CITY – Rene Drucker, head of Mexico City’s Science, Technology and Innovation Secretariat, died over the weekend at his home in the capital, officials said Monday. He was 80.
“I am sorry about the death of Dr. Rene Drucker, a prominent researcher who devoted his life to strengthening and educating about science in Mexico,” President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a Twitter post.
Drucker, born in Mexico City in 1937, graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and spent most of his life working at that institution.
He gained recognition for his research and breakthroughs in neurobiology.
Drucker, who published more than 220 papers and was cited nearly 3,000 times, was the first scientist to study the role of neuroactive peptides in sleep regulation, gaining a prominent position in sleep research for Mexico.
In the early 1990s, Drucker did pioneering work in applying a certain protein’s immunohistochemistry to the study of the sleep process, a biography authored by the UNAM said.
Drucker received numerous honors, including four honorary doctorates from universities, with one being awarded by Spain’s University of Cordoba.