Mexico, Oct. 12 (Notimex).- The Mexican scientist Enrique Castro Camus, of the Optical Research Center (CIO), was awarded the Young Scientist Award 2018 (Young Scientist 2018) awarded by the International Society for Infrared Waves, Millimeter and Terahertz (IRMMW-THz Society, for its acronym in English).
This recognition, which is granted to scientists under 40 years of age who have made innovative contributions in the areas of interest of this society, was conferred thanks to their research for the development of terahertz spectroscopy techniques and their applications.
The prizewinner is a doctor of physics, specialist in physics of the subject condensed by the University of Oxford. He is a full-time researcher at the CIO, in León, Guanajuato and is part of the National System of Researchers (SNI).
Castro Camus has among its projects the development of an early diabetic foot diagnosis method unique in the world, which uses spectroscopic images of the soles of the feet to evaluate how well hydrated the person's skin is.
It is expected to perform more extensive clinical tests and to be implemented as a diagnostic method in health institutions, according to the information agency of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt, for its acronym in Spanish).
"We found that this method is a very good indicator of how deteriorated the patient is. We have worked with doctors, in particular with Dr. Irving Salas and some colleagues from the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE, for its acronym in Spanish) in León and we are currently working with the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition in Mexico City," said the award-winning researcher.
Also, in the area of plant biology, the scientist's team works in collaboration with the Institute of Biotechnology (IBt, for its acronym in Spanish) under the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) in a project to monitor the hydration behavior of plants.
The project has the potential to open up new opportunities for understanding the physiology of plants, as well as to seek the creation of new specimens of food-importing plants that can be grown in arid areas where water availability is limited.
The lines of study of Enrique Castro also include the humanities, since it collaborates with specialists of the School of Michoacán (Colmich, for its acronym in Spanish), the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH, for its acronym in Spanish) and with the School of Conservation and Restoration of the West (ECRO, for its acronym in Spanish) in the inspection of objects belonging to the cultural heritage of Mexico, using terahertz spectroscopy, as well as other international collaborations for studying sculptures and ceramics.