Located in the capital city of Santiago, the 178-year old University of Chile is the country’s oldest and main institution of higher education. In the areas of teaching and research, the University of Chile develops about 30% of all scientific and technological research at the national level. It is an autonomous, public and national university. Since its founding in 1842, the University of Chile’s faculty members and its alumni have been a key element in the development of new laws, new institutions and the frame of Chile’s social, political, economic, artistic and cultural system. The university, during this period, has had a strong influence in other Latin American countries by way of training their human resources. Among its first Presidents, was the Venezuelan humanist and jurist Professor Andrés Bello (1843-1865), and the Polish scientist & mineralogist Professor Ignacio Domeyko (1867-1883). Two Chilean alumni were Nobel Prize winners in Literature – Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971) – and nineteen distinguished alumni have been elected Presidents of the Republic. The University of Chile has an annual budget of approximately US$ 1.2 billion.

He is President of the University of Chile & President of CUECH, the Consortium of State Universities of Chile. He received his MD from the University of Chile and later specialized in sleep physiology in the Harvard-MIT joint program. He is full professor in physiology and biophysics at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBM), Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile. He is a highly recognized researcher at the national and international level, collaborating with several labs in different countries, such as the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil. He has made significant contributions in the area of sleep regulation and chronobiology and his findings have been published in the most prestigious international journals. Dr. Vivaldi actively participates in scientific societies, such as the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies (Vice President), the Latin American Society for Sleep Studies (President) and the Society of Biology of Chile, and the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, Chile. He was the first Vice President of the University Senate (2006-2009). In 2014, he was elected President of the University of Chile and was re-elected for the period 2018-2022.

He received the BSc and MSc degrees in Physics from the University of Chile in 1974 and 1976 respectively and the PhD degree in Physics from Brown University, USA, in 1982.  Dr. Vera has extensive experience in academic and industrial applied research in information and communications technologies (ICT), working in the USA, Japan and Chile. At present he is Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Executive Manager for Innovation and Development at the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the University of Chile. He serves as Director of International Affairs of the University of Chile, since 2016. He is also President of the Board of the National Center for Health Information Systems (CENS).

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