Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research

Annual Lecture 2015: Luis Gabriel Cuervo


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We were delighted to welcome Luis Gabriel Cuervo, Senior Advisor for Research Promotion & Development at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to deliver the 2015 EQUATOR Annual Lecture on 30th September. The lecture was held during the REWARD/EQUATOR Conference and Luis Gabriel spoke about experiences with a systems approach in addressing issues such as research waste and research reporting standards.


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A recording of the lecture is available on YouTube at: EQUATOR Annual Lecture 2015
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Luis Gabriel is a Medical Doctor who graduated from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. He has graduate degrees as Specialist (Consultant) in Family Medicine from the Universidad del Valle (Colombia) and a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology & Portrait OAS LGC by JMHerrera SmallBiostatistics from Universidad Javeriana where he trained with the International Clinical Epidemiology Network – INCLEN.

His career began as a clinician, researcher and academic where he championed the development of systematic reviews and promoted evidence-informed health care and other ways of integrating scientific research with health care, prevention and policies for health. In 2000 he moved to the UK to work on the development and expansion of BMJ’s Clinical Evidence.

He was seconded in 2004 to WHO (World Health Organization) to integrate scientific research into the selection of essential medicines; this was instrumental in addressing unjustified variations in the essential medicines list of different UN (United Nations) agencies. In 2005 he was appointed Unit Chief (Senior Advisor) for Research Promotion and Development at the PAHO, regional office of WHO for the Americas. Luis Gabriel coordinated the development and consultations for the Policy on Research for Health that was approved by the countries of the Americas in 2009. His work now focuses on working with strategic partners to make the policy a reality for the countries of the Americas. Reducing research waste and improving reporting standards are expected results in addressing the objectives of PAHO’s Policy on Research for Health: research governance, quality, human resources, standards, quality, impact and partnerships.

Information about the Policy on Research for Health and WHO’s Strategy on Research for Health (World Health Assembly 2010) can be found at www.paho.org/researchportal.


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