Projects - Mexico

Project Name:  Elimination of emerging contaminants from wastewater through the use of nanocomposites based on carbon materials and titanium dioxide.
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Lucila Castro

This project aims to involve students in data collection and management regarding previous analysis on the quality of the water coming from wastewater of hospitals in Puebla city. Specifically, emerging pollutants like pharmaceuticals are being detected in high concentrations and visiting students will help to build a reference framework that alerts the corresponding instances to take precautionary and remediation actions on the management of the aqueous waste that daily they are discharged into the aquifers. They will help to propose strategies for the disclosure of this information in order to educate the population about the excessive use of different pharmaceutical products.

Students must be fluent in Spanish since they will help with the translation of the results of this basic-science project to the community, hospitals and other stakeholders.

 

Project Name:  Medication safety characterization and rational drug use in Mexican hospitals and Health Centers.
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Lucila Castro

Visiting students will participate in data collection and data evaluation regarding pharmacoepidemiological studies, mainly drug use studies, pharmacovigilance and pharmaco-economics studies, the present project intends to know and characterize the patterns of drug use as well as the prevalence and costs of adverse events associated with medication use in Mexican hospitals and health centers. Likewise, to achieve pharmacoepidemiological knowledge translation to clinical practice, this project will engage visiting students in dissemination activities of information on medicines addressed to health professionals and the general public, in order to impact on a safer and more effective use of medicines in Mexico. Thus, students must be fluent in Spanish.

 

Project Name:  Pharmacotherapeutic analysis. Comparison of the response to different pharmacological therapies and their association with the patient's perception and the reach of therapeutic goals.
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Erika Palacios-Rosas

This project proposes actions to address the study of factors that influence reaching the goals of pharmacotherapeutic management, from the prescription and use of the medication, to the characteristics of patients and their environment. Frequently, variables such as the level of anxiety, depression, perception of their disease and degree of knowledge, have a considerable influence on the adherence to treatment and on the expected therapeutic outcomes. Therefore, the present study will involve visiting students in the evaluation of these variables to define intervention protocols to promote patient adherence to their treatments.

Students must be fluent in Spanish, both verbal and written communication.

 

Project Name:  Evaluation of injuries in athletes and dancers of the UDLAP community and correlation with clinical parameters to optimize their management and promote healthy habits
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Laura Veronica Pla

In order to optimize management, treatment and healthy habits, this project aims to correlate clinical biochemistry parameters with the state of injuries suffered by athletes and dancers of the UDLAP representative teams that are treated at the university’s sports medicine and rehabilitation center.

Students engaged in this project will correlate and analyze patient parameters to help physicians, physiotherapists and trainers to assess injuries and select appropriate management and treatments. They will also promote healthy habits and help educate UDLAP’s injured athletes and dancers.

Students must be fluent in Spanish, both verbal and written communication.

 

Project Name:  Hospital Liaison for the Development and Optimization of Menus and Hygienic Handling of Foods, based on the Habits of the Patients' Community.
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Patricia Loaiza Porras

Patricia Porras Hospital Liaison for the Development and Optimization of Menus and Hygienic Handling of Foods, based on the Habits of the Patients' Community. Taking into account that the Women's Hospital of the state of Puebla assists low-income women and precarious health, students participating in this project will support the area of food preparation, as it is an important place to help improve or maintain well to patients, as long as they are offered healthy and safe food. Activities will be oriented to administrative strategies, with the purpose of developing or improving procedures manuals to apply the hygienic handling of the foods from the receipt of the supplies until they are delivered to the patients and collaborators of the hospital. Another objective of the project is to improve the presentation of the dishes without modifying the foods that customarily use in different communities. Thus, visiting students will apply habits surveys to patients, to elaborate material that will be applied in the preparation of food.

Students must be fluent in Spanish, both verbal and written communication.

 

Project Name:  Nutritional status of Preschool and Primary School children of the state of Puebla and alternative strategies to improve their diet.
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Patricia Loaiza Porras

The project aims to evaluate the nutritional status of preschool and primary school children of the state of Puebla, as a support to the improvement of their health status by promoting healthy habits and the consumption of endemic foods of proven high nutritional value. Visiting students will be engaged in data collection and analysis.

Students must be fluent in Spanish, both verbal and written communication.

 

Project Name:  Use of endemic foods from Puebla to improve the diet of pregnant women, chronic patients and older adults.
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Patricia Loaiza Porras

This project aims to promote the use of food alternatives in vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, breastfeeding women, people with chronic degenerative diseases and the elderly. The use of endemic food sources of high nutritional value and low cost will be investigated in order to influence the improvement of the quality of life of the abovementioned patients. Students participating in this project will support the integration of information and will assess food properties, nutritional characteristics and costs, through a comparison of the diets that patients usually consume against the proposed ones, to support the aforementioned groups. The project aims also to develop appropriate diets for each group and taste with their respective recipes to facilitate the consumption of the proposed foods.

Students must be fluent in Spanish, both verbal and written communication.