Research activities in Peru are coordinated through PRISMA, a non-governmental organization that works to obtain social and economic development in Peru, and the Tulane Health Office for Latin America (HOLA). Current research programs include a longitudinal trial to compare traditional and new culture methods for diagnosis of pediatric tuberculosis and traditional and new clinical specimens for detection of tuberculosis in children. This project has activities and patient recruitment in the Instituto de Salud del Nino, the primary pediatric hospital in Lima, and in Pampas de San Juan, a shantytown community on the outskirts of Lima.
Richard Oberhelman, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at the Tulane SPHTM and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tulane School of Medicine. He has been actively involved in clinical and laboratory-based collaborative research in Peru since 1985. During that time, he has directed seven major collaborative research projects on pediatric diarrheal disease or pediatric tuberculosis.
Robert Gilman, MD, DTMH, is a tenured professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University and is founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute. Dr. Gilman has lived in Peru for almost 20 years, and his work encompasses clinical and laboratory research, largely in the field of infectious diseases of public health importance. He is involved in research in areas including diarrhea, cysticercosis treatment, Cyclospora, cryptosporidium, tuberculosis and shigellosis.
Valerie Paz Soldan, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at the Tulane SPHTM and is the director of the Tulane Health Office for Latin America in Peru. She is currently studying behavioral interventions to prevent vector-borne diseases. Dr. Paz Soldan is also affiliated with the Faculty of Public Health and Administration at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH).
Projects will involve work in the Institut de Salud del Nino, in the shantytown community of Pampas de San Juan, or at the Health Office for Latin America. Possible focus areas include diarrheal diseases and child nutrition, behavioral interventions to prevent vector-borne diseases, child development and its interaction with infectious diseases, and clinical features of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in children.