Ricardo Izurieta

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Academia de Ciencias de Ecuador

Dr. Izurieta is a member of the Ecuadorian Academy of Sciences. He obtained a degree in medicine from the Central University of Ecuador and subsequently conducted postdoctoral work in Public Health and Tropical Diseases. In 1991, he dealt with the cholera epidemic in Latin America as National Cholera Control Coordinator of the Ministry of Public Health in Ecuador. In 1997, he was elected Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Vaccination Center of the Armed Forces of Ecuador. During his studies he was a Thomas Jefferson USAID fellow, and received grants from PAHO, Gorgas Memorial Institute and FUNDACYT. In 2003, Dr. Izurieta was elected Vice President of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine. He has served as a consultant for WASTE International in Holland, the Environment Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, PAHO and UNICEF. Dr. Izurieta is currently Associate Professor at the University of South Florida and the San Francisco University of Quito Ecuador, Director of the Donald Price Center for Parasitology and Latin American Liaison and Board Member of the Gorgas Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine. His expertise areas include waterborne diseases, vector-borne diseases, water and health.