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Dr. Olga Rodriguez, MD.

Dr. Olga Rodriguez, MD.

Dr. Rodriguez graduated with an MD Degree from University of Havana School of Medicine in 1988 and post-graduate certificate in Immunology in 1993 from the same University, she also got a Master's Degree in Bioethics in  2008.

In 1997 she completed a training in Pharmaco-epidemiology at the Catalan Institute of Pharmacology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Dr. Rodriquez worked as a researcher and as a research methodology and research ethics instructor at National Coordinator Centre of Clinical Trials (CENCEC) in Havana from 1993 till 2009.

In 2007 she completed a fellowship from The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) at The National Council On Ethics In Human Research, in Ottawa, Canada, and she is a life member of UICC. She is also member of the Latin American Forum of Ethics Committees in Health Research (FLACEIS) since 2002 (WHO/PAHO initiative) and her papers have been published in several journals.

She has also participated in several international training and educational events as well as leaded numerous research projects.

Trainings:

  • 1997 – Training at the Catalan Institute of Pharmacology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Courses Clinical Trials I and II, Methods in Epidemiology I and II, Drugs Surveillance I, and Studies of Use of Drugs I).
  • 2003 - Training “Formation of Internal Auditors”, imparted by specialists of ININ, Havana.
  • 2006 – Training “Formation of Lead Auditors”, imparted by specialists of ININ, Havana. 

Work experience:

  • Clinical Research Assistant at National Coordinating Centre of Clinical Trials (CENCEC) (1993 - 1997).
  • Project Manager of Clinical Trials at the National Coordinating Centre of Clinical Trials (CENCEC) (1997 - 2000).
  • Clinical Trial Specialist - Department of Quality Management (CENCEC), Quality and Good Clinical Practices Auditor at CENCEC (2000 - 2009).
  • Head of the Department of Quality Management at CENCEC (2007 - 2009).
  • Member of Scientific Committee of CENCEC.
  • President and Coordinator of the Quality Committee for the Design of new clinical trials at CENCEC.
  • Member of the National Advisory Committee of Clinical Trials of the Ministry of Public Health in Cuba (MINSAP).
  • Member of the Latin American Forum of Ethics Committees in Health Research (FLACEIS) since 2002 (WHO/PAHO initiative).
  • Advisor of MINSAP for Research Ethics matters.
  • Member of the National Cuban Council of Bioethics.

Teaching Experiences

  • 1995 - Module Controlled Clinical Trials as part of the master of epidemiology program, IPK Institute. Havana. 
  • 1997 – National Course Actualization of Clinical Trials, Havana.
  • 2002 - Pre-congress Course Clinical Trials, in the IV National Congress of Pharmacology and Therapy.
  • 2003 - Basic Course of Clinical Trials for Clinical investigators imparted in Salvador Allende Hospital, Havana.
  • 2003 - Course Clinical Trials imparted in Manuel Fajardo Hospital, Havana.
  • 2004 - Basic Course of Clinical Trials for Clinical Investigators, CENCEC.
  • 2004 - Replication for Cuban investigators of the course Psycho-pharmacological Research Training Program as part of the Psychopharmacological Training and Research Capacity Project funded by the CIDA-AUCC UPCDTEIR II Program, Dalhousie University.
  • 2004 - Course Ethics Committees in Research imparted in CENCEC.
  • 2004 - First and Second Diploma Courses of Clinical Trials imparted in CENCEC.
  • 2004 – Workshop Bioethics and Good Clinical Practices sponsored by PAHO-WHO, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
  • 2005 – Basic Course of clinical trials for nurses. CENCEC.
  • 2005 - Course Ethics Committees in Research imparted in Calixto García Hospital, Havana.
  • 2006 - Course Ethics Committees in Research imparted in Joaquín Albarrán Hospital, Havana.
  • 2006 – Course Ethics of Scientific Research as professor invited by the University of Havana.
  • 2007 - Course Ethics Committees in Research imparted in CIMEQ, Havana.
  • 2008 - Course Ethics Committees in Research imparted in Calixto García Hospital, Havana.

Research Experience:

  • Thesis: Development of monoclonal antibodies against the antigen of surface of hepatitis B Virus (1992 - 1993). University of Havana (UH).  
  • Associate investigator of several  clinical trials:
  • Research about Use of Drugs: “Characterization of the use of drugs in pregnancy” sponsored by the Instituto Catala de Farmacoepidemiología, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Research to update information about research ethics committees in Cuba in year 2003.
  • Fellowship from the International Union against Cancer with the project: “Improving the capabilities of ethics committees in reviewing cancer clinical trials”, developed in the National Council on Ethics in Human Research in Ottawa, Canada, from June to July 2007.
  • Research about the structure and functioning of research ethics committees in Havana City, June - October 2008.  

Publications:

  •  “Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis with Recombinant gamma interferon”, Advance in Modern Biotechnology Magazine. 1997
  •  “Development and perspectives of Quality Assurance Program in CENCEC”. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 32 special issues. 1998.
  •  “Methodology of Clinical Trials in CENCEC: Responsibility of Pharmaceutical Professional”. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 32 special issues. 1998.
  • “Ethics and Regulations of clinical investigation: Protection for subject involved in Clinical Trials”. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 35 special issues. 2001.
  • “Ethics Committees, history, actualities and controversies”. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 35 special issues. 2001.
  • “Quality of Clinical Trials Final Reports conducting by CENCEC”. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 35 special issues. 2001.
  • “Manual of Standard Operative Procedures for Clinical Trials”. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 35 special issues. 2001
  •  “Quality Assurance of Clinical trials during execution phase”. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 35 special issues. 2001.
  • Good Clinical Practice Audits. Problems in Clinical Trials conducted by CENCEC.  Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 35 special issues. 2001.
  • “Characteristics, composition and functioning of Ethics Committees who evaluate Clinical Trials projects". Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 36 special issues. 2002.
  • “Requirements for the quality of Clinical Trials”.  Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 36 special issues. 2002.
  • “Quality Assurance in investigation sites of clinical trials conducted by CENCEC since 2000 until 2002”. Cuban Pharmacy t Magazine. 37 special issues. 2003.
  • Audit to clinical investigation site: a tool to improve the quality of a clinical trial. Cuban Pharmacy Magazine. 37 special issues. 2003.
  • “Ethics Committees in Health Research. ¿how are we?” in the CD Room of the Biotechnology Congress Havana 2003.  
  • “The Quality of the Clinical Research. Role of the Ethics Committees, their development and functioning in Cuba”. In “Bioethics from a Cuban Perspective”. Acosta J.R.  ed. Third  Edition. Publicaciones Acuario. Havana, 2007.
  • “State of opinions about research ethics committees in a group of professionals linked to the clinical trial process in Cuba”. Cuadernos de Bioética No. 14. Session Ensayos  e investigaciones. Editorial Ad Hoc. Buenos Aires, October 2008, p 147.
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