Salud y Fármacos

Una organización internacional sin ánimo de lucro para fomentar el acceso y el uso adecuado de medicamentos entre la población hispano-parlante


Board of Directors

President: Antonio Ugalde

Dr. Ugalde received a Doctorate from Stanford University, and is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Texas-Austin.  He has been a member of the Editorial Board for the Mexico section of the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the US Library of Congress, since 1981.  He has also served as a member of the Editorial Boards for Social Science and Medicine, Cuadernos Médicos-Sociales (Argentina), the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, the Medical Science Monitor, and the Pacific Sociological Review.  He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of Salud Colectiva (Argentina) and of Clinical Trial Magnifier (Hong Kong).

Dr. Ugalde has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Public Health Association, and the Canadian Institute for International Development and Cooperation in various Asian and Latin American countries.  As a visiting professor, he has given classes and seminars at the University of Pittsburg, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao, Spain), the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia), the Catholic University of El Salvador, the Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru), and the School of Public Health of Andalucia (Granada, Spain).  He is the author and editor of several books, and has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals.


Vice-president: Antonio Alfau

A graduate of the University of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Texas, Mr. Alfau has taken part in research studies with the Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic, and worked for more than 15 years at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin. He is an Instructor in the Department of Modern Languages, Texas State University.


Secretary and Treasurer: Vanessa Johnson

Vanessa Johnson received a B.A. in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles.  She served for 4 years as Executive Director of the FEMAP Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting public health in Mexico.  She has taken part in several sociological and epidemiological studies in Ciudad Juarez, including a study of violence against women and another on environmental lead.  She was Editor of an internet journal on the local culture and politics in El Paso, Texas.  Ms. Johnson currently lives in New Mexico, U.S.A.


Member: Marvin Gómez

Doctor in pharmacy by the University of Costa Rica and Doctor in Biomedical Sciences, with emphasis un neuropharmacology by the Celular and Molecular Medicine Institute, Neurosciences Department at the Medical School of Okayama University, Japan. Has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), with emphasis in international business, from the National University of San Diego California, and a bachelor degree in psychology from the Latin University in Costa Rica. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology of the Medical School at Wayne State University in Michigan, USA.

Has worked as a hospital and community pharmacist, but most of his career has been devoted to health training professionals at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Medical School at the University of Costa Rica; at the University of Medical Sciences (UCIMED) and at the Latin University of Costa Rica.
In addition to his work in basic sciences and university teaching, he has six years of experience working in Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance, as Director of Clinical Operations at a site management organization -SMO (Latin American Research Sites) and as a Manager in Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance for Roche in the Central American and Caribbean Region.

Upon return to academia in 2010, he became a Coordinator of International Educational Programs and Professor at the School of Pharmacy at UCIMED, where he teaches courses in pharmacology and pharmaceutical ethics. He is also a professor in the schools of medicine, pharmacy and nursing of the Latin University of Costa Rica where he teaches courses in pharmacology, physiology, pharmaceutical ethics and social pharmacy.


Member: Vanesa López

Co-founder, Executive Director and Secretary of the Board

Vanessa holds a degree in Social Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation from Comillas Pontifical University. After three years of experience in the private sector as a human resources consultant, she co-founded Salud por Derecho and became Executive Director. Vanessa is a regular speaker at events related to HIV/AIDS and access to medicine. She has participated on Spanish Parliament, Senate and regional parliament committees, as well as in high-level meetings for the United Nations Programme on HIV as a representative of civil society and on the Boards of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


Member: Judit Rius Sanjuán

Judit Rius Sanjuán is a lawyer with the non-profit organization Doctors Without Borders (New York).  Previous positions include Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) in Washington, D.C., and has been an Adjunct Professor in the University of Georgetown Law School (Washington, D.C.  Ms. Sanjuán received a Law Degree from the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain, and a Masters in Law, Science, and Technology from the Stanford University Law School.


Member: Duilio Fuentes Delgado

Graduated as an internist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima (Peru). Holds a diploma in research and in 2006 received a grant to participate in the training program of ethics and research in The Americas administered by FOGARTY-FLACSO in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He received additional training at the Spanish Regulatory Agency – Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios- in Madrid, completed a Masters in Bioethics at the Borja Institute in Barcelona (Spain), and a Master in Strategic Quality Management and Medical Audit at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima. He served in the team that developed the Clinical Trials Regulation in Peru (2004-2006) and participated in the clinical trial inspections performed by the OGITT of the National Institute of Health. He is the President of the Research Ethics Committee of the National Institute of Health, the Executive Director of the National Intercultural Center of the National Institute of Health, and a member of the UNESCO Bioethics Network.


Member: Rogelio Fernández

Graduate of the University of Habana (Cuba) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and specialist in statistical quality control of the Centro Nacional para la Enseñanza de la Normalización de Cuba. He worked for the Cuban pharmaceutical industry in the production of liquid treatments and was deputy director of the Research Center for the Development of Pharmacoepidemiology (CDF) of the Ministry of Public Health in Cuba. In the year 2000 he became professor in Basic and Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical School of the Autonomous University of Nayarit (Mexico), where he is the Coordinator for Research and Graduate Studies. Vice-president of the Drug Utilization Research Group LatinAmerica (DURG-LA) 2010-2014. Director of the journal Waxapa, published by the Autonomous University of Nayarit. He has published numerous articles on pharmaceutical sciences and education in peer-reviewed and indexed journals. He has taught courses and made presentations on issues related to pharmaceuticals at universities and institutions of Latin American and European countries.


Directora Ejecutiva: Núria Homedes Beguer

Dr. Homedes studied medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and specialized in internal medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Barcelona, Spain. She received a Doctorate in Public Health from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, she joined the faculty in 1997 and was the founder and Co-Director of the Global Health Program since 2005 until she retired in Ausgust 2018. As a physician, she worked with the Spanish National Health Service and was Coordinator of Health Promotion in the Department of Health, Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia). She was a researcher at the Center for Rural Health, University of Arizona, and worked in numerous projects with international agencies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Between 1992 and 1997, she worked as a Public Health Specialist at the World Bank from 1992-1997; and in 2015 and 2016 she was Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.

modificado el 18 de Enero de 2019


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