Vilma Irazola, MD, MPH, PhD
- Co-Chair, Data Harmonization and Joint Research Sub-Committee
Dr. Vilma Irazola serves as the Co-Chair for Data Harmonization and Joint Research Sub-Committee of the GRIT consortium, and is also a research team member of the Hy-TREC Guatemala project. . She is also a cardiologist and epidemiologist. She is the Director of the Department of Research in Chronic Diseases of the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) and the South American Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Health (CESCAS), which operates at IECS in Buenos Aires.
Dr. Irazola’s research area focuses on the promotion of health and the prevention of chronic diseases and includes epidemiological studies as well as intervention and implementation studies in Argentina and Latin America. She is the principal investigator of the CESCAS I study, a prospective population-based cohort that includes the follow-up of 7,500 adults in the Southern Cone of Latin America. She has conducted implementation research in the fields of hypertension, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, food systems and cancer.
Since 2015, she is also an independent researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). Dr. Irazola is the Deputy Director of the Master’s Degree in Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Buenos Aries and co-director of the courses on Outcome Research and Advanced Statistical Analysis. She is Visiting Professor at the Cross-Continental MPH, College of Global Public Health at New York University (NYU), and at the Lown Cardiovascular Health Program at the School of Public Health, Harvard University.