ISAGS welcomes three Associate Researchers


Launched in September this year, ISAGS’ Associate Researchers Program was created with the purpose of fostering knowledge exchange on collective health for South America and offer an opportunity for collaboration between independent researchers and ISAGS researchers around the research carried out by the Institute.

With focus on continuously expanding and intensifying this exchange, we announce the arrival of three associate researchers to two areas of ISAGS:

Joan Rovira Forns (España)

Doctor in Economics Specialized in health economics and medicine. Associate professor of the Andalusian School of Public Health. Main Editor of the magazine “Cost-effectiveness and Resource Allocation”. Former professor of economics, University of Barcelona (1975-2017). Senior Ex-Economist of Health, World Bank, Washington (2001-2004).




Egdda Patricia Vanegas Escamilla (Colombia)

Pharmaceutical chemistry and candidate for a PhD in Industrial Engineering, with 20 years of experience in the health sector, especially in the operation of the Health System, coverage, pharmaceutical service practice standards and health technology assessments – ETES. Experience of more than seven years in consulting and research in the sector especially in public issues, about supply management and support for technology evaluation-ETES for medicines and other health technologies.



Profesor Brian Godman (Scotland)

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom; Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Karolinska Huddinge University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sciences of Health Sefako Makgatho, Garankuwa, South Africa; Center for Health Economics, School of Management, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom


For those interested in applying to the program, please contact the specialists of the respective priority areas, whose emails can be found in the full proposal of the Associate Researchers Program.

Social Determination

From the perspective of the Social Determination of Health, we study how ways of life, the political, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of health, labour patterns, consumption, organization and relation to the environment (among others) affect our health. As well as how to transform inequities in health, redistributing power with social justice, towards a society that is: sustainable, sovereign, solidary, healthy, biosecure & ethical, and happier (in its diversity).

Coordinated by Isabel Iturria Caamaño, the new researchers associated to this area are:

Francisco Armada – Physician/surgeon with a degree from Central University of Venezuela with a specialization in Malariology and Environmental Sanitation from the University of Carabobo. Armada holds an M.A. degree in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Health Administration and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. He was the head of the Venezuelan Ministry of Health in two occasions (between 2004 and 2007, and between 2013 and 2014). He was also Technical Officer for the World Health Organization (WHO).



Juan Bacigalupo: With experience in the area of ​​Infirmary and Collective Health, Juan holds a Master in Education in Sciences and Health frmo the Nucleus of Educational Technology for Health (NUTES), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He holds a degree in Collective Health from the Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA), where he was a Fellow of CNPq in the project Cultures of Food in South America: memory, diversity and sovereignty. He is a researcher at the Latin American Center for Science and Technology in Sovereignty, Security and Food and Nutrition Education South Region (CeLASSAN / UNILA).




Medication and Health Technologies

The main objective of ISAGS’ Health Medicines and Technologies area is to strengthen the region’s drug policy by developing, together with different actors and agencies, strategies that guarantee access to essential medicines and the sustainability of health systems.

Coordinated by Angela Acosta, the new researchers associated to this area are:


Yansy Aurora Delgado Orrillo: Graduated in Collective Health from the Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA), she is currently pursuing a Master degree in the Postgraduate Program in Education in Science and Health of the Educational Technology Nucleus for Health (NUTES) at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where she is a Fellow by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). Line of research: Professional Training and Teaching in Sciences and in Health.


Manuel Alejandro Machado Beltran: Pharmaceutical Chemist by the National University of Colombia (UNC) and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He served as Coordinator of activities of the Medication Information Center and teacher at UNC. As a pharmaceutical chemist he works in areas such as research, organization, marketing, management, in the development of integrated pharmaceutical services to the health sector and in pharmaceutical care programs promoting the rational use of medicines with emphasis in the Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy.



Hernán Núñez Rocha: Jurist and international consultant specializing in intellectual property, he holds a Master and PhD from the University of Alcalá, Spain. Hernán was in charge of the Intellectual Property Office of Ecuador -SENADI- (2015-2017). He worked as a researcher at the University of Alcalá (2009-2012) and participated as a visiting professor at universities in Spain, France, Mexico, Chile and Ecuador (2012-2018). He has a professional career of over 18 years, particularly in matters of intellectual property, innovation, technology transfer and international organizations.