Valentina Echeverria Moran

I am a Neuroscientist, PhD in Biological Sciences with a strong background in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Microbiology. I have dedicated more than 14 years to biomedical research using animal and cellular models of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Film club: Machuca

Film club is all about celebrating Chilean film in all its forms. From shorts, to animation, documentary and full length features and classics. This week: A classic and possibly the best-known of all Chilean films to date, Machuca.

Women’s maternal health

The latest study from the MELISA Institute on maternal mortality estimates.

My Virtual Journey Through Chile: Baquedano and Santiago

Isabella the virtual traveller is back and visits Santiago de Chile and Baquedano, where Che Guevara allegedly experienced his ephiphany when talking to some of Latin America's poor.

Film club review: My Last Round

Octavio is a champion boxer from the south of Chile. But when he meets Hugo, a young and attractive man, everything changes. As their relationship develops, Octavio realises that he cannot box forever. The couple move to Santiago to start afresh but all is not a bed of roses. My Last Round is released on DVD from the 9th of June. Follow @chilenocouk for a free DVD provided by Peccadillo Pictures.

Film club: Humanoide no Robot

A short animation by Ignacio Ruiz that was screened at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes film festival.

Looking at the stars from Chile

This film follows the ancient cycle of sunset, to night, to sunrise. A continuous loop of perpetual movement that has been unbroken since the dawn of time, and the only true constant in our lives.

Film club: La Cola de Moebius

A short film by Chilean director Simon Bergman on the impossibility of the Chilean Bureaucracy.

Chilean miners back World Cup bid in TV ad

The Chilean miners, once trapped underground for 10 weeks after a mine collapsed in CopiapĆ³, spur on the national side in a TV advert as they prepare for battle in the "group of death". Captions are available.

Richard III was hunch-backed wasn’t he?

Richard III reigned from 1483 to 1485 until his death on the battlefield at Bosworth and was the last English king to die on the battlefield. Shakespeare portrayed him as ugly and deformed but how hunch-backed was the monarch in reality?