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Recent and Ongoing Projects

Peru has hosted 14 NPGH Fogarty Fellows since 2012, who have studied a wide range of topics. Many have focused on neurological disorders, such as TB meningitis, neurosyphilis, and the genetics of Parkinson’s Disease, but others have worked on preventative health care to improve breast cancer screening and reduce diarrhea among children in the Amazon. 2014-2015 Fellow Valerie Cortez wrote about her fieldwork experiences for our newsletter. You can also read more about UW mentor Joseph Zunt.

Collaborating Institutions

upchUniversidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) is a private non-profit university founded in 1961 with 8 schools providing undergraduate and post-graduate education in medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, sciences and philosophy, veterinary medicine and zoology, psychology, and education. The School of Public Health (FASPA) at UPCH was founded in 1998 and is the only School of Public Health in Peru. Dr. Patty Garcia, a prior UW AIRTP trainee, is currently serving as Dean. FASPA’s mission is to generate, apply and disseminate knowledge relevant to health promotion, disease prevention and treatment in human populations. FASPA has played a prominent role in training public health officers of the Peruvian Ministry of Health and other official institutions that develop and implement public health policy. The School provides a series of master’s degree programs, diploma and certificate courses and continuing education in health and health administration in Lima and several provinces.
In the past 15 years, 91 Peruvian Trainees have received public health and biomedical ethics training at the UW, including 21 MPH or PhD degrees, with over 100 joint publications. All have returned to work in Peru in academia, governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Reciprocally, UPCH has trained more than 30 UW medical and public health students through the Fogarty Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) program and Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program. These training collaborations have resulted in the development of joint UW-UPCH research projects on HIV, STIs, TB, HPV and reproductive tract infections (RTI), and research training grants – including an ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB award, a FIRCA award, an NIH CIPRA award, two Frameworks in Global Health awards, a Bioinformatics award, a GRIP award and a Wellcome Trust-funded urban community randomized trial in 20 Peruvian cities.

Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos:

unmsmThe Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) was founded in 1551 and is the oldest and largest public university in South America. Funded in part by the Fogarty International Scholar infrastructure awards, Dr. Jorge Alarcón, past Dean of the School of Public Health and current Director of UNMSM’s Insituto de Medicina Tropical (IMT), has developed a multimedia classroom and epidemiology website that serves as a repository for educational materials for clinical research methods and analysis, a point for training and communication for epidemiologists throughout Peru, and a data collection site for studies of HIV and STD in pregnant women. The renovated wing includes working space for the UW-Peru Global Health Fellows and Scholars and Peruvian epidemiology students. In addition to the Epidemiology Section, the IMT has laboratories and clinical space for research and clinical studies in parasitology, bacteriology, virology retrovirology, and immunology.
UNMSM has hosted a UW Fogarty International Scholar each year since 2004. San Marcos has a long history of training the nation’s epidemiologists and has continuing education programs for epidemiologists working for the Ministry of Health in all departments of Peru. In addition, UNMSM receives funding from the Global Fund for prevention of maternal-child transmission of HIV and is the major site for an NIH-funded study of HTLV infection in blood donors. With the largest Peruvian network of medical subspecialty training programs, and as the largest public university in Peru, UNMSM offers a wide variety of mentoring and clinical research training opportunities in multiple potential disciplines. UMN has an NIH-funded multi-center study on the pulmonary complications of HIV in Peru. Partner centers include ACISE, HNERM, and HNGAI.

Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion:

ImpactaThe Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion (IMPACTA) was established in 2000. IMPACTA is an NGO founded by former UW AIRTP trainee, Dr. Jorge Sanchez, to perform HIV and STD research in Peru. Dr. Sanchez received NIH funding to establish an IMPACTA Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) with 9 Clinical Research Sites in Peru. These sites are supported by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). IMPACTA also collaborates on the Fogarty-funded Andean CIPRA, the ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB, INSIGHT, and several other NIH-funded projects. The IMPACTA Laboratory has over 2,400 square feet and is equipped to serve both HVTU and HPTU projects, with capacity to perform cultures, HIV and HSV-2 screening by ELISA, HIV detuned ELISA, Western blot confirmation, CD4 count and viral load.