Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)

UPCH offers research training in emerging diseases including respiratory and vector-borne illnesses, HIV, tropical diseases, sexual and reproductive health, epidemiology, mental health, substance use, alcohol, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

UPCH leads the Peru consortium site for the GloCal Health Fellowship and includes seven other world class research partners: the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), Asociación Civil Selva Amazónica, Asociación Civil Vía Libre, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía, and the Peru research components of UCLA, UCSF and UC Davis. For nearly two decades, the partner organizations have had productive relationships with these UC campuses. UPCH also has ongoing National Institutes of Health funding and partnerships with senior faculty at UCLA (Drs. T. Coates, J. Klausner) and UC Davis. Additionally, a longstanding D43 training grant on Emerging Diseases that partners with UCLA and former GloCal fellow, Dr. Kelika Konda, offers on-site courses in research methods, bioethics, research integrity and epidemiology, and master’s and doctoral programs in epidemiological research.

UPCH has been a GloCal site since 2012, offering research opportunities in tropical infectious diseases such as arboviral diseases, acute respiratory illnesses including COVID-19, malaria, cysticercosis, anti-microbial resistance, tuberculosis, HIV, HTLV-I, leishmaniasis, chagas disease, leptospirosis, brucellosis, and non-communicable diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis, as well as broad scientific areas such as climate change. Study sites are spread across Peru in all ecological regions: Iquitos in the Amazon Basin, the highlands reaching up to 22,000 feet and the Pacific coast, including the cities of Lima, Arequipa and Piura. Facilities include field, clinical, laboratory, computational and animal experimentation, and world-class resources and assets at UPCH, NAMRU-6, UC Davis and Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana (UNAP).

Site contact: Dr. Andrés G. (Willy) Lescano