Dear Editors:

We write to thank you for the article "Shared Solutions," by David Tobenkin, about research partnerships between U.S. and Mexican scholars, which appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of International Educator magazine.

The feature story was an excellent analysis of a complicated issue. We enjoyed the entire article, not just the part about our projects, and in fact we were inspired by the format and depth to read the rest of the issue, which was similarly a good read.

Collaboration between the United States and Mexico has been getting tricky again recently. In the past several weeks, federal and state agencies that affect our collaboration have sent word that travel between the two countries may become more difficult in the near future, and we are concerned that new complications lay ahead. This article came at exactly the right time, and we are recommending it to colleagues and contacts who deal with U.S.-Mexico student exchange and cross-border scholar collaboration. We hope that other readers find it as enlightening as we did.

Leslie Boyer, MD
Director, VIPER Institute
University of Arizona
Alejandro Alagón Cano, MD, PhD
Professor, Institute of Biotechnology
Autonomous National University of Mexico