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Miguel Hernández de Elche University

Lucy Anne Parker

BSc in Immunology, Master in Public Health and PhD in Public Health cum laude from the Miguel Hernández de Elche University, with European mention and extraordinary award. After spending several years as a voluntary worker in Sub-Saharan Africa she decided to hang up her boots and compete for a teaching position in a Spanish public university. The CEAD Project is the result of her reflections on the main public health issues in different parts of the world – and a good opportunity to pick up her boots again.
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

Ana Lucía Torres Castillo

Director of the Public Health Institute in the Faculty of Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador - PUCE.

She is a sociologist and her postgraduate studies are on gender studies and international health. She approaches health from the point of view of social determinants. She has worked in the public health sector in the field of health and equality since 2013. Her research topics are health systems and services, child nutrition, social capital, inequality and health, including territorial, intercultural and gender issues in public health policies.

Director of the Centro Epidemiología Comunitaria y Medicina Tropical

Cintia Caicedo Montaño

She has a degree in Nursing and a postgraduate in Epidemiology in Action plus a Master in Public Health. Director of the Centro de Epidemiología Comunitaria y Medicina Tropical (CECOMET), since 2010. She is a teacher and researcher in national and international projects on Public Health and Epidemiology. She is field researcher in the CEAD Project for the Esmeraldas area.
Resident doctor in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He is also doing a Master in Public Health. He collaborates by conducting population surveys and preparing the cohort.

Alfonso Alonso Jaquete

Colabora en la realización de las encuestas poblacionales y en la elaboración de la cohorte
Médico Internista

Francisco Barrera Guarderas

Internist doctor. He teaches Pharmacology and Instruction at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. For 10 years he worked at a primary health care centre in Ecuador, dealing with chronic noncommunicable diseases. He currently works at the Hospital Psiquiátrico Julio Endara, Quito, Ecuador.
Graduate in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and has a Master in Public Health

Ikram Benazizi Dahbi

She participates in the design, data collection and implementation of qualitative and quantitative research in the health areas of the project
Pharmacist specialising in clinical tests

Mª del Carmen Bernal Soriano

Pre-doctoral researcher. She takes parts in the design and implementation of the qualitative and quantitative research in the health areas of the study, as well as collecting and analysing data for the project.
PhD in Health Science

Mar Blasco Blasco

She participates in preparing and implementing different phases of the project, training people who are involved in the research, carrying out quantitative and qualitative analyses, producing scientific articles and communicating findings at international and national conventions.

Elisa Chilet Rosell

BSc in Biology and International Master in Tropical Parasitic Diseases from the Universidad de Valencia (Spain). She has a PhD in Public Health from the Universidad de Alicante, with international mention and extraordinary award. Her contribution to the Project is based on her wide experience in applying gender perspective to research done on Public Health.
Post-doctoral researcher in public health and social epidemiology

Andrés Peralta Chiriboga

He has worked in the Grupo de Desigualdades en Salud (GREDS-EMCONET) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at the Agència de Salut Pública in Barcelona. His main contribution is on territory and dwelling as determinants of health and specifically, mortality.

Nora Piay Fernández

She's doing a Master in Public Health Sciences, Health Promotion and Prevention at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. She collaborates in the project by doing the scoping review and preparing the necessary documents for the research.
master in Epidemiology and Public Health and has worked in Esmeraldas since 1991

Mónica Piedad Márquez Figueroa

Director, she currently works in the health districts of Eloy Alfaro and San Lorenzo. She is a teacher and researcher at CECOMET. The goal of the intervention-research is to identify health issues and find strategies to prevent and sidestep complications and avoidable deaths.
Pharmacist who is doing a Master in Development Cooperation

Marta Puig García

She collaborates in the population survey and the scoping review on guides based on evidence
Metropolitan Director of Health Policies and Planning in the Health Department

Gregorio Montalvo Villacís

Quito Metropolitan District
Doctor in Medicine and Surgery

Mª Fernanda Rivadeneira Guerrero

She has a Master in Public Health, Master in Clinical and Epidemiologic Research and a PhD in Epidemiology. She contributes with her experience in epidemiologic health issues related to malnutrition and in the promotion of health and public policies. She also gives logistics support.
Doctor of the Central University of Ecuador

Juan Francisco Vásconez Donoso

Master in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA, with public experience and international cooperation with UNICEF, PAHO / WHO, UNAIDS and CDC. Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador, PUCE.
Licenciada en gestión y desarrollo local sostenible

María de los Ángeles Hernández Enríquez

Diplomada en promoción de la salud. Coordinación y apoyo en la realización de encuestas poblaciones así como en la organización de los talleres de difusión y grupos focales en Quito.
Clerk at the department of Public Health, History of Science and Gynaecology at the Miguel Hernández de Elche University

Joaquín García Aldeguer

He provides financial and administrative support to the Project
Law graduate and Master in Cultural Management

Manuel González-Moro Tolosana

Practising lawyer under the Colegio de Abogados de Alicante [Bar Association], (Spain) since 1997 and is an IMICALI mediator (2017). He is an expert in research support and is responsible for drawing up and following up contracts, administrative and legal aspects of the Project.
CECOMET Administrator

Patricia Hidalgo Vera

She carries out financial and administrative tasks for the project
Degree in Business Studies and a Diploma in Tourism

Gema Urda Blázquez

Diploma de Estudios Avanzados en el área de conocimiento “Comercialización e Investigación de Mercados”. Proporciona apoyo a la investigación, con responsabilidad en el área administrativa y financiera del proyecto
Academic Management Assistant at the Faculty of Medicine’s Public Health Institute in the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

América Jeannette Rojas Marcos

She takes care of the administrative procedure of the project
Psicóloga organizacional con experiencia en los distintos subsistemas de talento humano. Interesada en proyectos de investigación y vinculación con la comunidad.

Stephanie Dávila Morán

Responsable de los trámites administrativos del proyecto CEAD desde el Instituto de Salud Pública de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE)

Mariella Anselmi

Ethics Advisor

Rosa Ballester Añón

Emeritus Professor of the History of Science at the Faculty of Medicine of the Miguel Hernández University (Spain). Doctor in Medicine Ordinary fellow and Vice President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Valencia.She was the first person who held the position of the University Ombusdwoman at the University of Alicante. He was taught the subject of Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine of the Miguel Hernández University for undergraduate students and also was responsible for the course "Emotion and ethics in scientific practice" of the Interuniversity Master in History of Science and Scientific Communication. In the Royal Academy of Medicine cited above, is one of the representatives of that institution on bioethical issues.
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Head of the Department of Public Health, History of Science and Gynaecology, Universidad Miguel Hernández (Spain)

Ildefonso Hernández Aguado

Former Director General of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Spain (2008-11). Member of the Management Board of the European Centre for Disease Control (2008-11).Member of the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee for Europe (WHO) (2010-11). President of the Spanish Epidemiological Association (2002-06). President of the Spanish Association for Public Health and Health Administration (2013-2015). Chair of the Policy Committee of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.
Professor in Public Health (2018-) at Miguel Hernandez University, MSc in Modern Epidemiology (Imperial College, London) and Clinical Analysis Specialist

Blanca Lumbreras Lacarra

She has collaborated in 15 research projects (principal investigator in 10 of them) and published about 70 scientific articles, mostly focused on the Clinical Epidemiology field. Coordinator of the group 26 in CIBER Epidemiology and Public Health. Since 2010, she has directed 10 doctoral theses.
Principal lecturer of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the UMH, a member of the Teacher’s Committee in the PhD programme on Public Health, Medical and Surgical Sciences; coordinator of the Colegio Doctoral Tordesillas de Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia, and Director of UMH’s International Doctorate Department.

María Pastor Valero

Miguel Hernández de Elche University. She has a degree in Medicine and Surgery (Universidad de Alicante), postgraduate studies in the University of London where she gained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Master in Science in Nutrition (King´s College) and a PhD in Philosophy (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

Her career is twofold: academic, first teaching epidemiology/statistics for Master courses at the LSHTM, and later as a lecturer at the Nutrition department of the Faculty of Public Health in the Universidad de São Paulo (USP); on the other hand, she has worked as an expert in epidemiology at the Noncommunicable Diseases Unit of the Pan American Health Organization (Washington); and as an expert at the Agencia de Evaluación de Nuevas Tecnologías Sanitarias (Sevilla).

Profesora Contratada Doctora del Área de Farmacia y Tecnología Farmacéutica de la UMH.

Elsa López Pintor

Licenciada en Farmacia por la Universidad de Navarra, Máster en Atención Farmacéutica por la Universidad de Granada y Doctora en Farmacia por la Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH). .

Su actividad investigadora se focaliza en estudios epidemiológicos post-comercialización de medicamentos, relacionados con el análisis de la utilización y adherencia a medicamentos, así como en cuantificar, analizar e interpretar los resultados en salud que generan las intervenciones farmacéuticas realizadas en los distintos niveles de atención farmacéutica: primaria, especializada o socio-sanitaria, orientadas al uso seguro, eficaz y eficiente de los medicamentos.

Organizaciones Asociadas

The Miguel Hernández University is a Spanish public university that was set up in 1996 and has its main campus in Elche (Alicante). The group of clinical epidemiology, health policies and global health of the Universidad Miguel Hernández, which includes the main researcher in the CEAD Project, Dr Lucy Anne Parker and other members of the team, is attached to the Department of Public Health, History of Science and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine.

Teaching in this department covers a wide range of degrees in Health Science and Social Science both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Postgraduate activities include a PhD Programme in Public Health, Medical and Surgical Science. It also organises a Master in Development Cooperation, specialised in Health in Developing Countries, directed by Dr Lucy Anne Parker. This research group, which is led by Professor Ildefonso Hernández Aguado, includes professionals from different health-related disciplines and is part of the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública CIBERESP [CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health], an initiative of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III. The members of the group lead and collaborate in different national and international projects. There is also close collaboration with different national and international associations and organisations involved in public health. Their activity also includes taking part in advising regional and national governments and sitting on international committees on health policies.

The Centro de Epidemiología Comunitaria y Medicina Tropical (CECOMET), is a nonprofit organisation that was set up on 13 April 1996, under the Vicariato Apostólico de Esmeraldas Misión Comboniana (Ecuador). It works for the health well-being of underprivileged populations in rural and urban deprived areas and encourages beneficiaries to get involved. It is an institution for research/intervention and training in tropical medicine and community epidemiology that focuses on the need to reinforce in the community its ability to analyse and deal efficiently with priority health issues, to monitor its evolution through time and evaluate the impact these intervention strategies have locally.

It has collaborated with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health for 40 years, in the Eloy Alfaro canton, and for nearly 15 years in the San Lorenzo canton, by applying health care models included in the APS strategy focusing on Community Epidemiology. It is very experienced in coordinating and developing research applied to health issues of epidemiologic scope on territory, in the province of Esmeraldas and internationally (Burkina Faso, Bolivia).

The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) was set up by the Society of Jesus in 1946 and is the oldest private university in the country. Its main campus is in the city of Quito and it also has other campuses in Ambato, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ibarra, Manabí and Sucumbíos. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1994 with the aim of training health professionals with a comprehensive approach through problem-based Learning (PBL). In 1998 PUCE’s Instituto de Salud Pública (ISP) was founded. It is attached to the Faculty of Medicine by the Interinstitutional Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp – Belgium and the PUCE, with the aim of reinforcing interaction between learning and health services and developing public health capacities in the country.

The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) has contributed to training and higher education in public health of students who are committed to the country and its different health inequality situations; to research in a vital area like health with a marked interdisciplinary approach; and academically, collaborating with public policies by producing rigorous, updated and relevant information on the national context that may help to make decisions. Since 2000 a Master in Public Health is also available.

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