Graciela Russomando

Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay

Graciela Russomando graduated from the National University of Asunción, Paraguay (Biochemistry, 1985) is a Researcher Professor of the National University of Asunción (UNA), head of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud-UNA (IICS-UNA) since 1992. PhD in Medical Sciences in Nagasaki University, Japan. . Her main area of work since she graduated was in Chagas disease. • Head of the National Program for Control of Chagas Disease. National Service for vector Control, SENEPA (1999 to 2007). Her responsibility was planning and supervision of vector control and surveillance activities at national level, and she introduced space technologies (tele-epidemiology) using GIS-GPS and digital cartography for vector control and entomological surveillance. • National Coordinator of the Project: PAHO/CIDA/Canada –Surveillance of Chagas Disease with Community Participation from 2003-2006. • Member of the Steering Committee for Operational Research on Chagas Disease, TDR/WHO/PAHO, 2002-2004. • Temporal Adviser. Expert/ Meeting “Information, Education and Communication in congenital Chagas disease” (meeting PAHO/CLAP/ULB, Belgium), Uruguay • Member of the WHO Technical Group IV for congenital Trypanosoma cruzi infection, since 2007. Her research works received up to date 16 awards of National and International Scientific meetings, 3 National Science Awards with Honor Mention and the National Science Award in 2008 by the National Government of Paraguay. Her research team works in molecular epidemiology, genotyping and molecular diagnosis of infectious diseases. She is the coordinator of the prenatal and congenital Chagas disease screening at public helath level since 1996. Her group developed a recombinant test for early diagnosis of congenital Chagas disease infection performed in an ELISA system and used at public health level in the country since 2003.

Biography Updated on 18 March 2012

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