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2nd Annual Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean Conference
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Biomedical Research Building

This year’s PLAC conference coalesced thought leaders from throughout the greater Latin America region with faculty at Penn in discussions around governmental and regional public health responses to emergent threats in Latin America. Recognizing that such threats encompass both communicable and non-communicable disease, the conference was organized with two major sessions – one focused on responses to Zika Virus and the second on the explosive growth of metabolic disease and diabetes.



1:00 PM | Welcome & Introduction

  • Glen N. Gaulton, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Vice Dean, Director of the Center for Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

1:15 PM | Keynote Speaker

  • Ambassador Roman Macaya Hayes, PhD, WG’98, Embassy of Costa Rica

2:00 PM | Panel 1 – Responses to the growing burden of chronic disease in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Manuel Ramírez Zea, MD PhD, Coordinador, Centro de Investigación del INCAP para la revención de las Enfermedades Crónicas – CIIPEC, Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá – INCAP, Guatemala City

  • Christina A. Roberto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

3:00 PM | Panel Discussion

3:30 PM | Break

3:45 PM | Panel 2  - Responses to emerging viral diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Luiz Carlos Jr Alcantara, PhD, Scientific Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ ), Salvador - Bahia – Brazil; Professor at State University of Feira de Santana, Department of Biochemistry, Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil

  • Paul A. Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center; Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Vaccinology,  Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

4:45 PM | Panel Discussion

5:15 PM | Closing and Reception