Dr. Jacinto Convit of Venezuela (1913 - 2014) was a renowned expert in leprosy and tropical diseases. His work at Venezuela's Biomedicine Institute resulted in the development of an experimental model for leprosy, one of the most feared diseases in human history. His work toward the development of a vaccine for the prevention of leprosy provided the basis for the development of an immunotherapy for leishmaniasis. His work in this field led to his nomination for the 1988 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Dr. Convit has been director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Reference and Research in Histological Detection and Classification of Leprosy. In 1987 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for his dedication and research into the prevention and treatment of leprosy, leishmaniasis, oncocerosis and mycosis, among other illnesses prevalent in the region.