Profiles And Contributions To This Article

Massive testing in the Galapagos Islands and low positivity rate to control SARS-CoV-2 spread during the first semester of the COVID-19 pandemic: a story of success for Ecuador and South America

Alexander Paolo  Vallejo-Janeta

Mr Alexander Paolo Vallejo-Janeta

qualifications: BSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting of manuscript, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Diana  Morales-Jadan

Dr Diana Morales-Jadan ORCID logo

qualifications: MSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting of manuscript, Critical revision

position: PhD Student

Bioquimica Farmaceutica, Magister en Biotecnologia Avanzada PhD Biologia celular y molecular, biotecnologia y biomedicina.


Alberto  Velez

Mr Alberto Velez

qualifications: MSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Patricio  Vega-Marino

Mr Patricio Vega-Marino

qualifications: MSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Byron  Freire-Paspuel

Mr Byron Freire-Paspuel ORCID logo

qualifications: MSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Maria Belen Paredes-Espinosa

Ms Maria Paredes-Espinosa

qualifications: BSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Angel Sebastian Rodriguez Pazmiño

Mr Angel Rodriguez Pazmiño

qualifications: MSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Bernardo  Castro-Rodriguez

Mr Bernardo Castro-Rodriguez

contribution: Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting of manuscript, Critical revision

position: PhD Student

* PhD candidate of Public and Animal Health - Universidad de Extremadura, Spain. * Master of Infectious Diseases - University of Western Australia, Australia. * BSc. Biology - Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Ecuador.


Paulina  Castillo

Ms Paulina Castillo

qualifications: BSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Carlos  Masaquiza

Mr Carlos Masaquiza

qualifications: BSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Laboratory Technician


Ismar  Rivera-Olivero

Prof Ismar Rivera-Olivero

qualifications: PhD

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Professor


Esteban   Ortiz Prado

Prof Esteban Ortiz Prado ORCID logo

qualifications: MD, PhD

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Professor

Esteban Ortiz-Prado is a highly accomplished medical professional with a broad range of experiences and achievements. He completed his medical training in Ecuador and then secured a fully-paid NIH scholarship to pursue his Masters in Medical Science in Canada, specializing in hypoxia physiology. During his training, he attended several courses related to high altitude physiology, underwater physiology, and clinical investigation in the US and Canada. After returning to Ecuador, he worked as a medical resident for 18 months in the biggest publicly funded Specialization Hospital in Quito, Ecuador. He was involved in several clinical research projects during this time. In 2012, he was offered a full-time job as a senior scientific advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Science in Ecuador. In this role, he helped create, observe and improve the biomedical public policy related to clinical and biomedical research. From 2013-2015, he competed for and was awarded the position of manager of the research and development department of Enfarma EP, the only government-funded pharmaceutical company in Ecuador. In this role, he led more than 30 R+D+I projects from discovery to Phase II-III clinical trials on the first Ecuadorian-made Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib vaccine. He also collected data on the pharmaceutical market and published the first article and book on the local and regional pharmaceutical market in Ecuador. In 2015, he was appointed as a staff professor at Universidad de la Americas (UDLA) in Quito, Ecuador. He founded the “One Health Global Research Group” center, which studies emergent, re-emergent and zoonotic diseases in Ecuador. This group has become well-recognized with over 200 publications to date. Esteban Ortiz-Prado was the first PhD student to take part in the Biomedicine Doctoral Program from Universitat de Barcelona to complete his PhD in Biomedicine in conjunction with his co-supervisor at UDLA in the field of tropical medicine. He was also the only medical doctor to pursue a full-time government-funded scholarship to study Global Health in Southampton, UK, obtaining the competitive Chevening scholarship. In 2020, he became the top scientific leader in Ecuador to study COVID-19, publishing over 35 articles on this disease and becoming one of the top 20 most prolific COVID-19-related researchers in Latin America, and the first one in Ecuador. He also became the best-known scientific and medical communicator during the pandemic, encouraging people to take care of themselves and take preventive measures, promoting health-related preventive practices, and hosting a prime-time health-related TV show and a health-related FM radio program. Throughout his academic career, Esteban Ortiz-Prado has actively participated in research projects with national and international funding, publishing more than 100 scientific articles and two book


Aquiles Rodrigo Henriquez-Trujillo

Prof Aquiles Henriquez-Trujillo

qualifications: MD

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Professor


Barbara  Coronel

Dr Barbara Coronel

qualifications: MD

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Clinical Staff


Heberson  Galvis

Dr Heberson Galvis

qualifications: MD

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Clinical Staff


Tatiana  Jaramillo

Ms Tatiana Jaramillo

qualifications: MSc

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Lecturer


Tannya  Lozada

Dr Tannya Lozada

qualifications: PhD

contribution: Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision

position: Dean of Research, UDLA


Marylin  Cruz

Dr Marylin Cruz

qualifications: Veterinary Medicine

contribution: Study conception and design, Acquisition of data, Critical revision

position: Director of ABG Galapagos


UDLA COVID-19 team

UDLA COVID-19 Team

Quito, Ecuador

Daniela Santander Gordon, Gabriel Alfredo Iturralde, Julio Alejandro Teran, Karen Marcela Vasquez, Jonathan Dario Rondal, Genoveva Granda, Ana Cecilia Santamaria, Cynthia Lorena Pino, Oscar Lenin Espinosa, Angie Buitron, David Sanchez Grisales, Karina Beatriz Jimenez, Vanessa Bastidas, Dayana Marcela Aguilar, Ines Maria Paredes, Christian David Bilvao, Juan Carlos Laglaguano, Henry Herrera, Pablo Marcelo Espinosa, Edison Andres Galarraga, Marlon Steven Zambrano-Mila, Ana Maria Tito, Nelson David Zapata


Miguel Angel  Garcia-Bereguiain

Prof Miguel Angel Garcia-Bereguiain

qualifications: PhD

contribution: Study conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting of manuscript

position: Professor


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