Remigio O Lopez

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Remigio O Lopez Solis was one of a pair of laboratory biochemists enlisted by the law firm Covington & Burling into a small group of Latin American academics and medical specialist who were willing to act under cover for the tobacco industry in their own countries. They were called "ETS Consultants" but they were actually enlisted as lobbyists -- they had no consulting role with the tobacco companies whatsoever. The report on this pair reveals this propaganda emphasis:

Drs Lionel Gil and Remigio O Lopez Solis (Chile)
Drs Gil and Lopez are professors at the University of Chile Medical School (Santiago) (Unidad de Biologia Celular y Molecular, Dept. Biologia). Dr Gil is a toxicologist; Dr Lopez is a biochemist. I met with them together, at their request. Both are foreign-educated and speak good English (Dr Gil has a Cornell PhD; Dr Lopez taught and studied at Glasgow) . Their research deals mainly with the health effects of Santiago's ambient air pollution, but they are interested in indoor air. According to the local BAT company, both will be serious contenders for the national science prize. They gave me a tour of the University of Chile's research facilities, which by Latin American standards appeared quite impressive. Although they are willing to review literature for us and complete other short-term projects, they are primarily interested in conducting more complicated, long-term research.

They got their wish and both worked on papers and attended many tobacco conferences. Gil was actually a chemist/Pharmacist and had worked for BAT before.
Latin American ETS Consultants Program
Latin American ETS (Doc Index)
Bariloche Conference

Documents & Timeline

A few dozen of these "ETS Consultants were recruited in the 1991-1995 period. The details are in the Latin American ETS (Doc Index) entry.

1992 Feb 24-26: Another three-day meeting of the Latin American recruits was held at the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel in Miami where each recruit gave a paper on a relevant subject. This was not a conference, but a personal bonding and training session and a meeting of the recruits. There is nothing in any of these papers that would be considered of even moderate interest in scientific circles in 1992. [3]

Those from the 1991 list who attended were Carlos B Alvarez,   Celio Paula Motta,   Antonio H Miguel,   Jari N Cardosa,   Francisco Radler de Aquino Neto,   Remigio O Lopez Solis,   Maria del Rosario Alfaro,   Cesar Leonel Gonzalez Camargo,   Lionel Gil,   Osvaldo Fustinoni,   Bruno Burger,   Zinnia Cordero,   Eduardo Souchon.