Clinical Trials Administration in Latin America: An Advanced Studies Diploma Program
Clinical Trials Administration in Latin America: An Advanced Studies Diploma Program
Clinical Trials Administration in Latin America: An Advanced Studies Diploma Program
Clinical Trials Administration in Latin America: An Advanced Studies Diploma Program
Clinical Trials Administration in Latin America: An Advanced Studies Diploma Program
Clinical Trials Administration

Our Team

Designed originally by leading researchers and administrators in the San Diego region, this diploma program draws upon the expertise of experienced professionals in the field in Latin America, to ensure that information is sensitive to regional law, culturally appropriate, and reflective of best local practice.

Program Director

Villa CaballeroLeonel Villa-Caballero M.D., Ph.D
Dr Villa-Caballero is a physician and researcher in clinical research. He has background in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology-Metabolism and Public Health .He has worked as Investigator and Co-Investigator in clinical research studies in United States and Mexico. In addition, he is currently a researcher at the Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine. His interests are in; diabetes, obesity and cancer prevention, particularly on using culturally- appropriate interventions for English and Spanish-speaking Latinos living in the United States. His is working in a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to deliver an electronically- based intervention to prevent obesity among minorities. Dr Villa–Caballero has served as advisor and for private pharmaceutical companies in the areas of diabetes, obesity and cultural competency.

Advisory Board (Mexico)

Alberto Frati-MunariAlberto Frati-Munari M.D.
Dr Frati-Munari is a senior physician and clinical researcher practicing in Mexico City. He is Professor of Internal Medicine at the National Autonomous University and former president of the Mexican College of Internal Medicine. Dr Frati has more than 30 years of expertise in Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Drug Regulatory Processes in Latin America.

Dr. Frati-Muinari conducted several national and multinational clinical in public and private hospitals in Mexico. In addition to his clinical career, Dr Frati was appointed as the Medical director of the National Medical Center “La Raza” at the National Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in 1996-2000. He served as Director of Drug Regulatory matters at the Comision Federal y Proteccion de Riesgos Sanitarios (COFEPRIS) of the Mexican Health Secreatariat.

Dr Frati-Munari is an expert in the drug development process and regulatory aspects of Clinical Research in Mexico and a frequent lecturer at international meetings

Roberto Medina–SantillanRoberto Medina–Santillan M.D. Ph.D
Dr Medina-Santillan is Professor of Medicine and Researcher at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City. He is Senior Medical Advisor at Merck Company KGaA in Mexico and is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also Director of Postgraduate studies at Medica Sur.

His Areas of Expertise include Translational Pharmacology, Clinical Research Monitoring Clinical Trails, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr Medina has more than 17 years as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and consulting board member Merck Company KGaA for Central and South America. He is an expert in pharmacology, clinical trials, drug development and regulatory issues in Latin America. Dr Medina–Santillan has more than 100 scientific papers in peer–reviewed journals.

Sergio GuerreroSergio Guerrero, M.D.
Dr. Guerrero is presently the Director of Hospital OCA/Monterrey International Clinical Research Center in Mexico. Previously he was the Director of Latin American for INC Research, CRO based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He currently has more than 12 years of experience in the clinical research arena working as a Director, Project Manger and Quality Assurance Auditor for the pharmaceutical/CRO/SMO industry developing and implementing processes and procedures required to manage clinical teams and monitor the conduct of clinical trials. He has been involved in conducting clinical trials in most therapeutic areas to include endocrinology, dermatology, oncology, infectious disease, neurology, hematology, pediatrics, cardiovascular, biologics, and medical devices from phase I to phase III.. He received his Medical Degree from the School of Medicine in Juarez, Mexico, eventually he initiated his research activities in Bethesda, MD participating in the new tissue allograft transplant industry that later lead him to conduct medical research for a transplant laboratory where he was responsible to coordinate and manage the operation. Later in his carrier had the opportunity of build and manage other groups in the tissue banking industry in the US developing and implementing policies and procedures to operate the programs.

Advisory Board (U.S.)

Laurence BruntonLaurence Brunton, Ph.D
As a graduate student, he studied cyclic nucleotides and transmembrane signaling under the mentorship of Al Gilman at U.Va. In 1976, he came to California as a postdoctoral fellow to work at UCSD with Steve Mayer in the area of cardiovascular pharmacology. Dr. Mayer encouraged his independence so that he was able to apply for jobs in 1980 with an RO1 in hand. Dr. Brunton began on the faculty at UCSD in 1981, where he has remained. His research has centered on cyclic nucleotide metabolism, cyclic AMP export, and crosstalk amongst G-protein signaling systems, usually in cultured cell models or cells isolated from the cardiovascular system. Recent research has involved studies of the properties of cardiac fibroblasts and the regulation of collagen production by agonists acting through G-protein coupled receptors. Much of his effort over the past 5 years has been directed toward editing the major textbook of pharmacology, Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, and directing several NIH-supported training programs (IRACDA postdoctoral program; Summer course in Systems Pharmacology and Translational Biology;

Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Patrick is Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Adjunct Professor of Public Health at San Diego State University and, since 1996, has been Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He is a Senior Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Research Program and is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Foundation's program in Health Games Research.

Dr. Patrick served as a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board from 2000-2005, is a past President of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, served on the Secretary's Council for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and, from 1993 to 1995, was a Senior Advisor in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of HHS. He has been PI or Co-PI on more than $28 million in research and training grants funded by the NIH, CDC, HRSA and others.

His current research explores how to use wireless technologies to enable patients and consumers to optimize health promotion and prevention-related behaviors, particularly in the areas of physical activity, diet and lifestyle.
Dr. Patrick has authored over 130 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and commentaries.

Hugo O. VillarHugo O. Villar, Ph.D, MBA
Dr Hugo O Villar is the director for Science and Technology at the University of California San Diego, Extension. Hugo oversees a portfolio of educational opportunities in Engineering, Information Technology and Life Sciences, that include some areas of interest for the biomedical industry, including medical devices, biopharmaceuticals and healthcare Information Technologies. Before joining UC San Diego, Dr Villar was active in the biotechnology industry in California for over 20 years. He was the founder of Altoris, Inc that provided drug discovery services to the local Biopharmaceutical industry, Vice-president for Chemoproteomics at Triad Therapeutics in San Diego and Vice-president for Discovery Technologies at Telik, Inc. a company devoted to the discovery of oncology drugs in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has numerous patents and technical publications.

Earlier in his career Dr. Villar worked for IBM and SRI International and other non-for-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) and an MBA with concentration in Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Management from the University of Colorado.

UC San Diego Extension Staff

Grace L. MillerGrace L. Miller, MA
Grace is Director, Healthcare and Behavioral Sciences for UCSD Extension focused on continuing education for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, and individuals and organizations tangent to healthcare. She oversees a portfolio which emphasizes clinical and administrative/management/leadership education for healthcare professionals including clinical trials design and management programs, nursing courses, medical procedural coding and hospital coding, and most recently has been part of a team to design, implement and evaluate a major healthcare information technology (HIT) training initiative. In addition, she is Managing Director of the Public Service Cluster of continuing education professionals in the following areas of expertise: Healthcare, Behavioral Sciences, Teacher Education, OSHA Training Institute, and Service and Civic Leadership. Over the past 36 years with UCSD, Grace has held progressively responsible positions in academic healthcare directing the design, development and delivery of professional education. She holds two Masters' Degrees.

Donna SternDonna Stern
Donna is the Coordinator of Clinical Trials Education for the University of California, San Diego Extension, a position she has held for the past 13 years. She is an expert on the design, development, and implementation of clinical trials courses for a wide range of healthcare professionals including physicians, researchers, pharmacists, nurses, allied health professionals. In addition, Donna has focused on continually updating programs, hiring new faculty, and developing an Advisory Board from the pharmaceutical and biotech communities, to ensure those courses are of the highest quality possible.

Saytel LopezSaytel López
Saytel López studied Business Administration at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Campus Guadalajara, and graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a B.A. in International Business with an emphasis in Latin America. Since then, Saytel has worked in international projects such as a Project Coordinator for the International Community Foundation and later on as an Administrative Assistant in binational projects (San Diego-Tijuana region) for the Office of Binational Border Health from UCSD. Currently, Saytel works for the Healthcare and Behavioral Sciences Education Department from UCSD Extension as the Clinical Trials in Latin America Program Representative. Saytel López is from Mexico City and speaks three languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Brandon ChavezBrandon Chavez, Marketing Manager
Brandon is the Marketing Manager for UC San Diego Extension's Public Service Cluster, which includes Healthcare, Behavioral Sciences, Teacher Education, the OSHA Training Institute Education Center and Service and Civic Leadership. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he has held different positions in advertising agencies and companies across Southern California in addition to consulting on marketing and operations projects with a variety of organizations. Brandon is also actively involved in industry professional associations and is currently serving on the Board of the American Marketing Association, San Diego and is a member of the San Diego County Football Officials Association.



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Contact Us

To inquire about becoming a partnering institution, or to find out about current offerings through our existing partners, contact us:

Leonel Villa-Caballero, M.D., Ph.D., FACP
Consulting Director, Clinical Trials Program in Latin America
UC San Diego Extension
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0170E
(858) 534-9267 phone
(858) 534-9258 fax

Saytel López

Program Representative

Clinical Trials in Latin America

UC San Diego Extension

9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0170E

(858) 534-9278 phone

(858) 534-9258 fax