Science of Peace Lecture

PDWhitefotoThe "InterAmerican Heart Foundation Science of Peace Lecture" is an invited lecture series that takes place every other year and honors the work of Dr. Paul Dudley White of the United States and Dr. René Favaloro of Argentina. Both recognized the societal causes and implications of cardiovascular disease control and prevention.  They saw health as a human right and paid attention to the social and economic context in which cardiovascular disease occurs.


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Dr. Favaloro was a very compassionate and passionate physician.  He thought that social injustice and poverty are at the root of the diseases that concern cardiologists.  This is becoming more evident now as we face an epidemic of tobacco, obesity, sedentarism, diabetes and other conditions in developing countries.

The Science of Peace Lecture is intended to keep the vision of these two great men alive. 

The IAHF is a heart foundation that is committed to this philosophy.  An example of such commitment is the Foundation's current work to understand the epidemiological reality of Latin America through the CARMELA Study. One of this study's objectives is to evaluate the relationship between socio-economic status and risks factors for heart disease and stroke in 11,200 people in 7 Latin American cities.  Another example is the IAHF work on advocacy for tobacco control.


Dr. Raymond Bahr, Director of the Paul Dudley White Coronary Care System at St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore, Maryland, suggested to the InterAmerican Heart Foundation to carry on the vision of Dr. Favaloro through this Invited Lecture series.

Dr. Favaloro was to present an update on this social outreach message at the 4th National Congress of Chest Pain Centers and Providers in Baltimore when he died tragically on July 29, 2000.

Dr. Salim Yusuf Lecture

The first lecture was given by Dr. Salim Yusuf on October, 2003, in Toronto, Canada at the Interamerican Congress of Cardiology meeting. It focused on violence and war and the incongruity of human priorities. 

See his presentation here

Dr. Herman E. Schargrodsky Lecture

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The second lecture was given by Dr. Herman E. Schargrodsky, of the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires and Principal Investigator of the CARMELA Study, in Cancun, México, on February 1, 2006, during the Interamerican Congress of Cardiology. His presentation focused on health inequities and the importance of understanding the epidemiological situation of Latin America to address the epidemic of heart diseases and stroke. 

See his presentation here.

Dr. Bartolomé Finizola Lecture

The third lecture was given by Dr. Bartolomé Finizola, Medical Director of ASCARDIO, Barquisimeto Venezuela and current president of Venezuelan Society of Cardiology, in Lima, Perú, April 2007, during the XXI Interamerican and Peruvian Congress of Cardiology. His presentation focused on ethics, financial and management conflicts where Cardiovascular Health is involved.

See his presentation here.

Sir George A. O. Alleyne

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The fourth lecture was given by Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of West Indies, Barbados. In addition, he serves on the Task Force on Health Care in the Caribbean and is a Special Envoy to combat HIV in the Caribbean.. His presentation, Peace, Pandemics and Pluralism, focused on the societal causes of chronic diseases.

See his presentation here

Dr. Michelle Bachelet

bacheletefotoOn October 19, 2013, the InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) awarded the sixth Science of Peace award to Dr. Michelle Bachelet, ex President of Chile and ex Minister of Health for her dedication and commitment to reduce non communicable chronic diseases through the implementation of health policies. The presentation ceremony was held during the XXIV Interamerican Congress of Cardiology on October 18 – 20, 2013 in the La Rural Convention Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

See her presentation here.  An English transcript of her presentation speech can be found here.

Dr. Tabaré Vázquez

tabarevazquez2015webOn the 20th anniversary of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation, the seventh Science of Peace award was presented to Dr. Tabaré Vázquez.  The actions of Dr. Tabaré Vázquez have had a significant impact not only in Uruguay but throughout the region of Latin America and the world. Uruguay is one of the countries that has adopted most of the world's tobacco control policies. It is also important to highlight its current commitment to the control of noncommunicable diseases and its main risk factors (obesity, physical activity, alcoholism, as well as smoking).  See his presentation (in Spanish) here.