Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP) is an academic institution whose central commitment to Mexican society is to offer research results to relevant public health problems to prevent and control diseases, and train health professionals to help promote healthy living conditions in the various groups of the population.
The Site Director
Dr. Lajous is a Faculty-Researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública and an Associate Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He serves as the PI of the Mexican Teachers’ Cohort and his main interests are understanding risk factors for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is involved with capacity building and training of young researchers in Mexico. Dr. Lajous holds grants dedicated to cancer etiology, on implementation research on , and policy evaluation in cancer.
Dr. Barquera is Director of the Research Center in Nutrition and Health in the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. He currently serves as intuitional leader of research on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular risk. He was directly involved in the development and implementation of warning labels on packaged foods in Mexico.
Horacio Riojas, Faculty-Researcher, Director of the Environmental Health Department at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública
Dr. Riojas is Director of the Environmental Health Department at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública and a research professor at this institute. He has extensive research experience in areas such as exposure to air pollutants and health, effects of metals on neurodevelopment, and health risks associated with climate change. He has also worked on the translation of knowledge into policies and programs in environmental health.
Arantxa Colchero, Faculty Researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública
Dr. Arantxa Colchero is a Faculty-researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Her career has been devoted to the analysis of the nutrition transition in developing countries, studying how food environments have contributed to the obesity epidemic in urban and rural areas. She has worked on the design and impact evaluation of fiscal policies to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and energy-dense nutrient-poor foods in Mexico. She is currently evaluating different scenarios of taxes increases in Mexico for alcohol, SSB and non-essential food. Arantxa has also collaborated in the impact evaluation of the marketing regulation and labeling in Chile. Other topics of interest are: the design and evaluation of HIV/AIDS interventions in the most at-risk populations and the estimation of the health and economic burden of suboptimal breastfeeding practices in Mexico.
Celia Alpuche Aranda, Director of Research Center for Infectious Diseases
Dr. Celia Alpuche Aranda currently is Director of Research Center for Infectious Diseases and Faculty Researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Celia’s career has been focused on bacterial pathogenesis, epidemiology and molecular bases of bacterial resistance, new diagnostic techniques and dynamics of transmission of vaccine-preventable and emerging diseases.