Colombia - Stanford
Universidad de los Andes
RESEARCH FOCUS: chronic non-communicable diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression
Dr. King and colleagues at the Stanford University School of Medicine have been collaborating with
Dr. Sarmiento and colleagues on educational and research activities in the area of chronic disease prevention and control beginning in 2011, including undertaking cutting-edge collaborative research in the area of citizen science in the promotion of physical activity at the community and population levels. These collaborations have led to scientific presentations, publications, and funding, on the first round, of an NIH P20 grant application to develop a collaborative Regional Center of Excellence for chronic disease prevention and control in Bogotá, Colombia (Drs. King and Sarmiento are dual PIs on this grant.) This “Collaboratory” will focus on primary and secondary prevention of the major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) facing Colombia and the Latin American region, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression. The Collaboratory will emphasize a multisectoral and transdisciplinary approach to develop, test, and disseminate impactful NCD prevention programs in Colombia, as well as from Colombia to the Latin American region. As part of this project and our continuing collaboration, young investigator educational and training activities and exchanges are planned between the Stanford and UniAndes groups.
For the past two years, Drs. Sarmiento and Finck and their junior colleagues have been part of Dr. King’s Our Voice Global Citizen Science Research Network, a worldwide network of population health researchers working to expand the applications and evaluation of citizen science intervention strategies to promote healthy environments in under-resourced communities around the world. Dr. Sarmiento and colleagues are playing a leading role in this Global Network, and have developed the first inter-sectoral citizen science strategy for promoting regular physical activity.
Current Fellows in Colombia
From left: Ana Lucia Rodriguez, US FIU Student Scholar at the Universidad de los Andes, Felipe Montes LMIC Stanford fellow at the Universidad de los Andes, and Rebecca Byler US Yale Student Scholar at CIDEIM.