Peru – FIU

Lima, Peru

Site Institutions
CRONICAS, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

US Institution
Florida International University

U.S Mentor

Purnima Madhivanan, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work



Local Mentor

Antonio Bernabé-Ortiz, MD, MPH
Research Professor, CRONICAS, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia



Research Focus
Chronic diseases, hypertension, nutrition, obesity

Site Description
CRONICAS, the Center for Excelence in Chronic Disease Research at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia is a research group with considerable international research collaboration and training experience. Current research and completed projects at CRONICAS have focused on the burden of non-communicable diseases in the Peruvian population. Ongoing and completed projects have been funded through the NIH and the Wellcome Trust and have focused on issues such as diabetes, hypertension, mental health, disparities within the physically disabled population, the double burden of chronic disease and neglected tropical diseases, childhood obesity, and telemedicine. Potential research areas for Fogarty Global Health Fellows at CRONICAS include any projects aimed at reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases within the Peruvian population. The current research collaboration with FIU examines the role of social networks in obesity and obesity related attitudes in a population in Tumbes, Peru. GHES Fellow Kathleen McInvale, PhD, is conducting a social network study as an ancillary study to a larger NIH funded project examining the effectiveness of a salt substitute in reducing blood pressure. More than 20 researchers specializing in chronic non-communicable diseases have been trained through the center since its founding in 2009. The mission of the center is to develop young researchers in collaboration with national and international institutions.

GHES fellowships conducted at these sites:
2017-2018 Kathleen McInvale-Trejo, MPH, PhD