Research Strategy for Chronic Disease Epidemiology in Latin American and Caribbean Countries
The rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancer and mental health disorders – in Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) must include all levels of prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary). To assess NCDs, their corresponding determinants and burden, surveys, case-controls studies, ecological, and more recently cohorts, have been conducted in LAC with great funding efforts and relevant results. The challenge ahead is to translate these findings to support evidence-based preventive and medical care as well as public policies. Prioritization of these actions is crucial considering the rising costs and limited resources in LAC. This symposium aims to give examples of observational and ecological studies to launch a proposal of a pooled data initiative in the LAC to jointly address NCDs. Students, faculty, researchers, and policies makers interested in NCDs in LAC are welcome to join the symposium and discussion.
Isabela M. Bensenor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jaime Miranda, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Leonelo Bautista, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Joaquin Barnoya, Washington University
Ana Diez-Roux, Drexel University