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Washington, DC, USA - 28 - 30 November 2016

The 46th Session of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) took place at the Headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), 525 Twenty-third Street, Washington DC, United States of America, 28 - 30 November 2016. During the 46th Session, the ACHR issued recommendations to implement and monitor PAHO's Policy on Research for Health (CD49/10, the Policy), and developed approaches to channel research efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Policy applies to Member States and PASB.



PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne welcome remarks (mp3)

ACHR President Nelly Salgado opening remarks (mp3)

Policy on Research for Health Interviews

Updates by the Secretariat


Leveling research capacities to enable all Member States to move forward with the Policy

The importance of building capacities through existing collaborating centers and networks to engage countries and maximize resources.

Objective 1 - Quality

Discussions to promote the funding of priority research linking the need for SDG related research

Objective 2 - Governance

Objective 3 - Human Resources

Build sustainable human capital and strengthen research networks as integral components of the health work force

Objective 4 - Partnerships

Engage different research consumers and communities to catalyze development

  • Dr. Jaime Miranda/Dr. Josefina Coloma (this presentation is forthcoming and will be uploaded soon)
Program proposal to address inequities in public health and health services research through alliances and networks

Research team: an enactment to highlight the importance of developing and supporting research teams versus principal investigators (mp3)

(This link is forthcoming and will be uploaded shortly. Thank you for your patience

Objective 5 - Standards

Increase the value of research and reduce its waste

Collaborations on Standards

Uptake of research reporting standards (EQUATOR) and building a cadre of epidemiologist to support public health in the Caribbean and Central America

Collaboration with BMJ

Series on the Policy on Research for Health

Trial Registration

Characteristics of research submitted to PAHO's Ethics Review Committee

Objective 6 - Impact

Discuss the way forward with knowledge translation platforms and existing tools

Research and the SDGs Challenge

Discussing the need for a regional research agenda addressing the SDG challenge

Integrating the Policy on Research for Health

Discussion with PAHO staff on the incorporation of the Policy on Research for Health in PAJPH, other Publications, news, and media


Inter-programmatic discussion to integrate and implement the Policy on Research for Health

Coordinate team efforts and integrate existing tools between technical areas in order to implement the Policy on Research for Health


Fishbowl: Managers from technical areas showcased how their teams tap into research and advance the Policy on Research for Health by delivering 5-7 min presentations that were followed by comments and questions from participants who joined the fish bowl activity.

Fishbowl Presentations
Fishbowl video interviews: Dr. Francisco Becerra (The link to this video interview is forthcoming and will be uploaded shortly