Eduardo Ortega-Barria

Eduardo Ortega-Barria , Ph.D.

VP & Head, Clinical R&D and Medical Affairs Latin America and the Caribbean, GlaxoSmithKline

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Born in La Chorrera, Panama. Completed his studies of medicine at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico and subsequently did a residence in Pediatrics at Instituto Nacional de Pediatría in Mexico City, and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Hospital Infantil de Mexico.

From 1987 to 1993 carried out a post-doctoral fellowship in cell biology of parasites, including: T. cruzi, G. lamblia, and P. carinii at the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Disease, New England Medical Center / Tufts University School of Medicine and served as Instructor in Medicine from 1988 to 1993 at the Department of Medicine, New England Medical Center. In 1990 was awarded the "Maxwell Finland" Young Investigator Award by the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society.

Between 1993 and 1998 completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Stanford University and a fellowship in the cell & molecular biology of T. gondii at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine.

From 1998 to 2003 served at different leadership positions at the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies in Panama, at Florida State University-Panama, and the Institute for Advance Scientific Investigations & High Technology Services of the Panamanian Science, Technology and Innovation Council. From 2000-2007 was Associate Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. As of 2001 is Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University. He is the author of more than 90 per-review articles, 30 book chapters in parasitology, pediatrics and infectious diseases, and is the co-inventor of 3 patents in parasitology.

Since 2006 is Vice President & Head of Clinical Research & Development, and Medical Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines.