Dr Eduardo Ortega-Barría currently serves as the National Secretary of Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT, Panama).
After finishing his medical studies at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (Mexico), Dr Eduardo Ortega-Barría, specialised in Pediatrics at the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico City, and later in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico “Federico Gomez” in Mexico City. Between 1987 and 1993 he carried out his postdoctoral training in Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, with a focus on Cellular and Molecular Biology of parasites, namely Trypanosoma cruzi, Giardia Iamblia and Pneumocystis carinii at Tufts University School of Medicine/New England Medical Center, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases. From 1988 to 1993 he served as an instructor in Medicine at the Department of Medicine, New England Medical Center, Boston Massachusetts.
In 1990 Dr Eduardo Ortega-Barría received the “Maxwell Finland” young researcher of the year award from the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society.
Between 1993 and 1998, he completed his postdoctoral training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Stanford University, and a postdoctoral in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Toxoplasma gondii in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University, School of Medicine.
From 1998 to 2003 Dr Eduardo Ortega-Barría held different leadership positions in Panama: at the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies, at Florida State University, at the Institute for Advanced Scientific Research and at the High Technology Services (INDICASAT), at the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation, and at the Pediatric Specialties Hospital of the Social Security Fund.
Between 2000 and2007 he was an Associate Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. From 2001 to 2013 he was Adjunct Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine of George Washington University, Washington, D.C..
Dr Ortega-Barria is the author of 98 research articles, 30 textbook chapters on parasitology, pediatrics, infectious diseases and vaccines, and is the co-inventor of 2 patents and 2 provisional patent applications in parasitology in the United States.
He served from 2006 to 2020 as Vice President and Director of Medical Affairs and Clinical Research and Development for Latin America and the Caribbean at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. Since 2018 he is a researcher of the National Research System of Panama.