Projects - Mexico

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 depression, perception of their disease, family support 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 treatment and to improve their quality of life. This project also contemplates the degree of knowledge, beliefs and acceptance of vaccination. Requirements: Students must be fluent in Spanish, both verbal and written communication. This project requires in person participation.


Project Name:  Evaluation of the health status of the population of marginalized communities for the development of strategies to improve
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Laura Veronica Pla

This project aims to involve students in data collection and management by applying surveys on the health status of semi-rural populations. They will help to propose strategies based on the most frequently encountered diseases and ailments. Students will also get involved in the development of prevention and healthcare strategies that can be applied in a cost-effective manner and respecting the idiosyncrasy of the population.   

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

This project requires in person participation.


Project Name:  Use of endemic foods from Puebla to improve the diet of children, pregnant women, chronic patients or 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.

This project has prefered in person participation but could be completed remotely if needed.


Project Name:  Disparities in medication use and medication literacy among minority populations.
Institution:  Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Mentor:  Lucila Castro

Disparities in medication use, adherence and literacy are influenced by factors such as access, affordability, culture, geography, age, gender, and other characteristics. In addition, healthcare disparities may involve certain therapeutic groups. Moreover, medication literacy may be associated with medication adherence and safety. The present project intends to involve visiting students in data collection and data evaluation regarding access to medicines, medication utilization and adherence patterns as well as medication literacy among minority groups. Likewise, to achieve pharmaco-epidemiological 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 a safer and more effective use of medications in Mexico. Requirements: Students must be fluent in Spanish, both verbal and written communication. This project requires in person participation.


Project name: Predictors of Cancer Outcomes among Special Populations in Mexico: The Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (INCAN) Cancer Survivorship Registry
Institution: Instituto Nacional de Cancerología
Mentor: Oscar Galindo Vazquez

In 2015, INCAN established the Cancer Survivor Registry. This registry consists of 3,024 individuals who have completed primary cancer treatment. Cancer survivors are on average 54 years old, 7 years post-treatment, and predominantly women (88%). The most common tumor type represented in the registry is breast cancer (61%), primarily of Stage II (19%) or Stage III (20%). Additionally, there are a total of 470 (16%) childhood and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors. As providers of care to medically underserved and uninsured populations in Mexico, almost 50% of cancer survivors report having financial difficulties. Importantly, this registry includes a rich assessment of multiple psychosocial concerns and symptoms, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, cognitive functioning, and fear of recurrence. This provides an invaluable opportunity to examine quality-of-life and clinical health outcomes among an at-risk, underserved population of Mexican cancer survivors. Building on our previous research on special populations, as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (MHRT) the primary aims are to: 1) characterize sociodemographic and clinical predictors of financial toxicity in AYAs 2) examine quality-of-life outcomes amongst cancer survivors with metastatic disease 3) assess quality-of-life, sexual functioning, and infertility amongst survivors with gynecological and breast malignancies. Given the robust infrastructure at INCAN and its Cancer Survivorship Registry, this proposed research will be done under the mentorship of Dr. Oscar Galindo Vazquez, who is the Director of the Psych-oncology Research and Development Unit at INCAN and received his PhD in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.