The Argentina site is based in the Department of Mother and Child Health Research at the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) in Buenos Aires. IECS is an independent, non-profit organization with the main goal of improving the efficiency, equity, quality, and sustainability of health care systems and policies in Latin America.
Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD, is a perinatal epidemiologist and serves as W.H. Watkins Professor and Dean of the Tulane SPHTM, as Director of the Tulane Center for Evidence-Based Global Health, and as Director of the Tulane Office of Global Health. He is also a professor of epidemiology and a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Buekens has conducted several major research projects on preterm births, including the first large randomized controlled trial on repeated cervical examinations during pregnancy. Currently, he is the principal investigator of a study to evaluate a behavioral intervention to increase the use of evidence-based obstetrical practices in Latin America.
Jose Belizan, MD, PhD, is the principal overseas mentor in the Argentina/Uruguay site. He is the former director of the Pan American Health Organization's Latin American Center for Perinatology in Montevideo and is currently Senior Researcher of the Department of Mother and Child Health Research at IECS. Dr. Belizan is an obstetrician and epidemiologist who has collaborated with Dr. Buekens for many years, and he serves as an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Tulane SPHTM.
Fernando Althabe, MD, MSc, is Director of the Department of Mother and Child Health Research at IECS an is an adjunct professor of public health at the University of Buenos Aires and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Tulane SPHTM. He is also Director of the Master's Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Buenos Aires. He has considerable experience in the design and conduction of randomized controlled trials in maternal and child health.
Fernando Rubinstein, MD, MPH, is the Academic Director of IECS and Sub-Director of the Master's Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Buenos Aires. He is a practicing family physician with a strong interest in primary care and health services research. Dr. Rubinstein serves as director of the research unit at the Family and Community Medical Service and is a member of the clinical research committee at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. He is currently developing a research project on the barriers for implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the directly-observed therapy short-course strategy for the treatment of TB in high burden areas in Argentina and works as a mentor for master's students conducting clinical research projects.
Dr. Buekens is the principal investigator of the "Evidence-Based Global Health Interventions for Mothers and Children, Argentina" project, which is funded by the NICHD Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research. The goal of this project is to develop and implement common protocols of randomized controlled trials in Latin America, to include an intervention to increase the use of antenatal corticosteroids in developing countries to prevent neonatal deaths.