20 September 2016

UCEM and Municipality of Nicoya join forces to boost research

UCEM and Municipality of Nicoya join forces to boost research

Following scientific research in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology developed by the State University (UCEM) in Nicoya institutional interest from the Municipality of the canton in promoting the development of actions to improve the living conditions it arose of the inhabitants.

Thus, both institutions signed a mutual cooperation agreement that seeks to support the work of the Vice Presidency of Research in five different areas: post-traumatic stress in children, youth and adults; diseases transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti; zoonoses (diseases in interaction with wildlife), school performance and posttraumatic reactions, and comprehensive approach to emerging diseases of epidemic or natural disasters associated with nature.

These studies are led by researcher Benicio Gutiérrez-Doña, Research Program in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior Vicerrectoría Research UCEM, in coordination with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) and the Health Area Nicoya.

During the past three years, Gutiérrez-Doña developed in Nicoya the Study of Traumatic Stress, Coping, Social Support and Quality of Life in the Technical Vocational College (CTP) of La Mansion, in two stages, in order to determine the effects the earthquake of 7.6 degrees on the Richter scale recorded on 5 September 2012, in the life of a population little analyzed in this area of knowledge.

Also currently it is developing the Study “lethal parasitism through consumption of crabs and freshwater shrimp: identification of risk areas and develop a prevention plan paragonimiasis in Costa Rica”. More research has to do with “Psychosocial Predictors and sociocognitive Academic Performance of High School Students of La Mansion: A longitudinal study on school performance and posttraumatic growth”.

Another research project entitled “Social determinants, cognitive and behavioral Dengue and Communicable Diseases by the Aedes Aegypti (Zika, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever)”.

For its relevance, investigations were declared of institutional interest by the Mayor of Nicoya, as well as by the Council of Rectoría (meeting No.1886-2015) UCEM. Likewise, he also received the declaration of institutional and community interest by the Area Health CCSS Nicoya (DASN-0568-15) and the Administrative Board of the CTP Mansion.

Dr. Tannia Tánchez Avila, medical director of the Department of Health of Nicoya, stressed the importance of having the support of the Open University in research that facilitate medical approach in underserved populations studied, as in the case of children and youth.

She will also support the fieldwork to be held from next week in 800 homes in the canton of Nicoya to know the determinants of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika and by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito-borne diseases.

Daniel Ruiz Arauz, administrator of the University Center of Nicoya, since the advent of the Open University community have made significant projects that have impacted positively to the Nicoyan population and the current research process, is no exception.

Indeed, in support of such actions, last Wednesday an activity back results of research conducted in the CTP Mansion with important information about the consequences caused by the earthquake in the student population was performed.

In the activity he participated the director of CTP, Gilberto Peña Ruiz, as well as representatives of the area of health, development associations and social actors.