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Atahualpa Equador

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Universidad Espiritu Santo 
Guayaquil, Ecuador

SBU Advisor:  Mark Sedler, M.D., M.P.H
International Site Supervisor:  Oscar del Bruto, M.D. (Atahualpa)
UEES International Coordinator:  Andrea Losada (Guayaquil)


The Universidad Especialidades Espiritu Santo is a private university located in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  It is situated in a modern campus that includes a highly regarded faculty of medicine.  Among the most distinguished faculty is neurologist, Dr. Oscar del Bruto, who founded the Atahualpa Project in a rural village located about three hours up the coast from Guayaquil, near the town of Salinas.  The project has enrolled many of the local inhabitants in a longitudinal, multi-step, population-based study of risk factors for a number of prevalent diseases, especially cardiovascular disease.   The Atahualpa Project has hosted a number of SB medical students for two month research fellowships that have resulted in numerous published outcomes.  

Intermediate level of fluency in Spanish is required for participation.