Peru

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Lima, Peru.

UPCH leads the Peru consortium site including seven other world class research partners: the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), Asociación Civil Selva Amazónica, Asociación Civil Vía Libre, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía, and the Peru research components of UCLA, UCSD and UCD. For nearly two decades, their partner organizations have had productive relationships with these UC campuses. This includes a longstanding D43 with UCSD led by Drs. J. Vinetz and E. Winzeler, offering on-site courses in research methods, bioethics, research integrity and epidemiology, and Master and doctoral programs in epidemiological research. UPCH also has ongoing NIH funding (R01AI099727) and partnerships with senior faculty at UCLA (Drs. T.Coates, J. Klausner) and UC Davis. UPCH has been a GloCal site since 2012, offering research opportunities in tropical infectious diseases such as malaria, cysticercosis, tuberculosis, HIV, HTLV-I, leishmaniasis, chagas disease, leptospirosis, brucellosis, and NCDs such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Study sites are spread across Peru in all ecological regions: the Amazon Basin, the highlands reaching up to 22,000 feet and the Pacific coast, including the cities of Lima, Arequipa and Piura. Facilities include field, clinical, laboratory, computational and animal experimentation, and world-class resources and assets at UPCH, NAMRU-6, UCD and Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana (UNAP). In May 2013, UPCH hosted the GloCal-sponsored “Mentoring the Mentors” Latin America workshop. UPCH will continue to offer research training in HIV, tropical diseases, sexual and reproductive health, epidemiology, mental health, substance use, alcohol, cancer and CVD.

Site contact: Dr. Andres G. (Willy) Lescano