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Hamilton, ON, Canada, 17 - 19 October 2012

Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization

The ACHR is part of the system of advisory committees of the World Health Organization (WHO). Established in 1962, the ACHR guides the PAHO Director in health research policy and programs, and contributes significantly towards the formulation of research for health policies and strategies within PAHO and towards strategic planning for technical cooperation in research for health.



  • Public talk. Speaker: Mirta Roses Periago (PAHO Director)
  • Opening session (McMaster Health Forum DialogueSpace)
  • Welcoming remarks by the health and research authorities of Canada
  • Remarks from the President of the Regional Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) John Lavis (ACHR Chair) 
  • Remarks from the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (Regional Office of the Americas of WHO) and introduction of the newly elected Director. Mirta Roses Periago 
  • Progress report and brief on plans of action (McMaster Health Forum DialogueSpace). Secretary ACHR, Luis Cuervo, Senior Advisor, Research Promotion and Development; Health Systems based on Primary Health Care (HSS)  

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  • Strengthening health systems through health systems research. Rubén Torres, Area Manager (ad interim), Area of Health Systems based on Primary Health Care (HSS)

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  • Quality: Promote the generation of relevant, ethical and high-quality research for health. Facilitator: Zulma Ortiz

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  • Governance: Strengthen research governance and promote the definition of research agendas. Facilitator: Jackeline Alger

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  • Human resources: Improve competencies of and support for human resources involved in research for health. Facilitator: Jaime Miranda

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  • Partnerships: Seek efficiencies and enhanced impact and appropriation of research through effective and strategic alliances, collaboration and the building of public trust, and engagement in research Facilitator: Silvina Ramos

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  • Standards: Foster best practices and enhanced standards for research. Facilitator: Trudo Lemmens

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  • Impact: Promote the dissemination and utilization of research findings. Facilitator: Tomás Pantoja

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  • Open discussion about how to ensure that the new focus on innovation at PAHO/WHO is synergistic with the existing focus on research

Open discussion about how to capitalize on upcoming events

World Health Report 2012

GWEG Financing and Research

Second Symposium on Health Systems Research

Reactions from the newly elected Director 

icon Report. 45th Advisory Committee on Health Research of the Pan American Health Organization (ACHR) (1.03 MB)

Related links

Interviews with Committee members

ACHR- PAHO - Advisory Committee on Health Research

ACHR 44th Meeting