The Latin American Association of Personalized Medicine Association (ALAMP) and University of MIAMI  are co-sponsoring an intensive one day symposium on precision medicine for Latin American health care providers. The symposium aims to increase awareness, enhance genomic literacy and provide practical skills for implementing precision medicine. We are seeking sponsorship from partners interested in advancing the implementation of precision medicine and increasing their exposure to Latin American health care providers.


About the symposium

The 3rd International Symposium of the Latin American Association of Personalized Medicine “The new age of medicine: from trial and error to precision medicine” will be a meeting to bring together health professionals interested in knowledge, research and clinical applications of personalized medicine.  This symposium is appropriate for those in the medical field who are interested in learning about advances in genomic and precision medicine and how to incorporate it into their practice. The program consists of four sessions covering topics including genomics, pharmacogenomics, cancer and maternal-fetal personalized medicine.



ALAMP was founded in 2014 by  Dr. Bernard Esquivel and currently has over 300 members across Latin America. The main objective of ALAMP is to bring together health professionals interested in knowledge, research and clinical applications of personalized medicine. The mission of ALAMP is several-fold: to facilitate the implementation of personalized medicine as an effective, safe, standardized practice in patient care; to enhance the awareness of personalized medicine and improve genomic literacy of health care providers through training and mentoring opportunities; to keep Latin American health care providers at the forefront of precision medicine with a focus on prevention, early detection and individualization.


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Pre-symposium Workshop:

Precision medicine in clinical practice

Speaker: Jeanette McCarthy, MPH. PhD.

Place: Auditorio “Dr. José Fajardo”, 3th. Floor , Edificio Clínicas Médicas,

Centro Médico II.

Date: Friday 8th december 2017           Schedule: 8:00 - 14:00

Cost: 150 usd.


Aims: Learn the fundamentals of genetics to lay the groundwork for precision medicine.

Goals: Genomic literacy – understand and use the terminology and concepts of genetics/genomics.


Part 1: Human genome structure and function

• DNA, genes, chromosomes, protein synthesis, non-coding DNA, gene expression


Part 2: Genetic variation

• Large variation, small variation, impact of variation on proteins, average person, population allele frequencies, ethnic differences


Part 3: Laboratory methods for detecting genetic variants

• Next gen sequencing; sequencing vs targeted genotyping; WGS vs WES vs panel sequencing; other methods for structural variants


Part 4: Genetic architecture of Mendelian and complex diseases

• Mendelian disease, complex disease

• Genetic heterogeneity, allelic heterogeneity, penetrance/risk

• Databases: OMIM, GeneReviews, Guidelines clearinghouse, ClinVar


Part 5: Classification of genetic variants in disease genes

• Evidence used to determine pathogenicity

• Variants of uncertain significance


Part 6: From bench to bedside

• Concepts of clinical validity and utility; actionability; barriers to uptake


3rd international symposium

Place: Hotel Intercontinental, room Cypress, Guatemala City.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017    Schedule: 07:00 – 21:00

Cost: 200 usd.







08:00 – 08:45





08:45 – 09:00





09:00 – 10:30


Understanding precision medicine and how to apply it to clinical practice


Aims: Introduce basic concepts in genetics, genomics, pharmacogenomics, nutrigenomics and precision medicine to interpret and integrate information to clinical practice.


• A primer on precision medicine: genetics, genomics and their clinical application

• The new vision of medicine: understanding the interaction of drugs and nutrients from genes

• ¿How to know when a genetic test is reliable?: The truth of the genome



Dr. Guillermo Santoscoy




Dra. Jeanette McCarthy

Dr. Bernard Esquivel


Chem. Stefan Long


10:30 – 11:00


Coffee Break



11:00 – 13:30


Trends in cancer treatments


Aims: Give an insight into the recent approaches for cancer treatments, establishing guidelines to choose personalized treatments for patients according to their genotype and the tumor’s characteristcs.


• Precision diagnostics in solid tumors

• Precision oncology: The new paradigm

• Precision onco-gynecology. Is it possible in Guatemala?

• Available space




Dr. Luis Linares





Dr. Jonathan C. Trent

Dr. Brian M. Slomovitz

Dr. Julio Lau



13:30 – 14:30


Networking lunch



14:30 – 16:30


Precision medicine in maternal-child care and gynecology


Aims: To discover the current genomic tools that have been proven to be safer for disease prevention, and the prenatal and postnatal analyses that determine the presence of diseases in fetuses and newborns.


• Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

• Non-invasive prenatal screening: When to screen? Should I screen everyone?

• Advances in neonatal screening using genomics

• The use of precision medicine in the gynecological patient

• Implementation of Nutrigenomics in clinical and nutritional consulting




 Dr. Alejandro Andrews




Dr. León Trejo

Dr. Emilio Yurrita Obiols

Dr. Gabriel Silva

Dr. Abner Santos

M. Sc. Gabriela Cuyún Prado


16:30 – 17:00


Coffee Break



17:00 – 18:30


Pharmacogenomics: Using genetic information to choose the proper treatment


Aims: To understand the application of pharmacogenetics in different disciplines and how it is improving drug treatments


• Understanding pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics from the medical clinic

• Available space

• How to apply Pharmacogenomics to my clinical practice and what impact will it have




Dr. Marcelo Esquivel




Dr. Bernard Esquivel


Dr. Gilberto De Lima Lopes



18:30 – 19:00





19:00– 21:00


Cocktail reception


Course organizers and faculty

Bernard Esquivel,  MD (course organizer) is a specialist in Clinical Immunology and Allergies certified by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), as well as the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). He received his medical training at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), followed by a Masters in Medical Genetics from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a Masters in Health Administration. He cofounded and has served as president of ALAMP since 2014. He established the first integral genetic services company in Mexico: Total Quality Medicine and in 2016 opened the first precision medicine clinic in Mexico, Genomedik.

Jeanette McCarthy, MPH, PhD (course organizer and faculty) is a UC Berkeley trained genetic epidemiologist and leading educator in the field of precision medicine. She currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Duke University and UCSF. She specializes in communicating genome science to non-technical audiences, including health care providers, patients and other stakeholders. She teaches genomic and precision medicine through UCSF and UC Berkeley Extension, and online through Coursera. She also designs and delivers workshops, symposia and webinars through Dr. McCarthy is coauthor of the book, Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice.uality Medicine and in 2016 opened the first precision medicine clinic in Mexico, Genomedik.

Stefan Long, Chem. is a proven leader with 20+ years of quality and operations management experience in the areas of biology, chemistry, clinical laboratory, government and academia. He leverage expertise in genotyping, medical devices, pharmacogenetics, bioinformatics, DNA sampling and genetics.

Have directed the efforts of up to 70+ personnel to maintain and safeguard high-value assets. He is a strategic planner who optimizes labor resources and budgetary funds that meet customer needs and deliver high quality services. Dedicated to creating a collaborative team environment where each member can develop and play an active role in the operations management process. He si well-versed in Lean/Six Sigma theory and operation and have an inactive secret security clearance with CPRP.

Jonathan C. Trent, MD  PhD  is a Professor of Medicine, CoDirector Musculoskeletal Center, Sarcoma Medical Research Program, University of Miami.


Dr. Trent’s clinical research has focused on translational trials with substantial biologic correlates for patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumor, pigmented villonodular synovitis, liposarcomas, desmoid tumor, and more recently two

phase I clinical trials with the isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) inhibitor, AG120 and AG221, for patients with IDH mutant solid tumors such as chondrosarcoma.

Brian M. Slomovitz, MD is a specialist in robotic surgery, novel therapeutics for endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer early detection, Dr. Brian Slomovitz has been named Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has also been appointed Co-leader of the Gynecologic Cancers Site Disease Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Fellowship Director for the Division. Dr. Slomovitz joined University of Miami from Atlantic Health System in Northern New Jersey where he was also an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Gilberto De Lima Lopes, MD is a medical oncologist, Medical Director for International Programs and Associate Director for Global Oncology at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Professor at the Miller School of Medicine. He holds concomitant positions as Associate Editor for ASCO University and for the society’s Journal of Global Oncology; he was previously Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist, Program Leader for Health Economics and Outcomes Research and Assistant Director for Clinical Research at the Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre from 2006 to 2013 and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the Oncoclinicas Group, the largest oncology provider in Latin America with 35 clinics and more than 300 oncologists in nine states in Brazil.


Abner Gamaliel Santos López MD is a specialist in urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the National Institute of Perinatology (INPer). He received his medical training at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC) and completed his residency training in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Roosevelt Hospital recognized by USAC. Currently, he is the General Manager of the company Precisión Genética S.A. He has been awarded with several acknowledgments through his career and is author of various publications. He has been a lecturer in various forums in Guatemala, Mexico and Europe. He is member of several medical associations and Societies such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Guatemala, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), International Academy of Pelvic Surgery (IAPS), International Continence Society (ICS) and the Latin American Association of Personalized Medicine (ALAMP) at which he is the current regional delegate for Central America and general coordinator of this third International ALAMP symposium.

Julio Lau de La Vega, MD  is a medical surgeon graduated from Francisco Marroquin University.  He completed a residency in gynecology and obstetrics at San Juan de Dios General Hospital and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at National Cancer Institute of Mexico.  Currently, he is the Chief of the Gynecologic Oncology Service at San Juan de Dios General Hospital. He is a Guatemalan pioneer in minimally invasive surgery in gynecologic cancer and authored of several articles and book chapters.  He is an active member of several associations including Asociación de Ginecología y Obstetricia de Guatemala (AGOG), Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO) and Latin American Association of Personalized Medicine (ALAMP).  Dr. Lau is also a gynecologic oncology global curriculum international mentor for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS).

Gabriel De Jesús Silva Arévalo, MD is  a pediatrician specialized in clinical genetics. Currently, he is the manager of Neuro Metabolic Clinics and Clinical Genetics of the Social Work of the Holy Brother Pedro in Antigua Guatemala and a Research Professor of the Biomedical Research Center of the Faculty of Medicine, University of  San Carlos De Guatemala. He has been an active member of various societies and associations. In addition, he has worked as a researcher in the field of genetics and has published several articles in collaboration with the Miller College of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Zurich in Switzerland. He is professor of several courses emphasizing applied genetics, clinical genetics and cytogenetics. Moreover, he has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, including the excellence medal in science by the Rozas Botran Foundation.

León Trejo Piedrasanta, MD is a medical surgeon specialized in reproductive medicine and infertility by the Universidad Francisco Marroquín and Universidad of Chile, respectively. Currently, he is the Medical Director of the Human Reproduction Center (CER). He has participated in several courses in Guatemala and in the United States, dealing with topics such as maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and genetic diagnosis of pre-implantation. He has published several articles. He is a member of the Guatemalan Doctors and Surgeons Association, as well as the Guatemalan Gynecology and Obstetrics Association, the Guatemalan Association for Fertility and Human Reproduction, and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, among others.

Gabriela Cuyún Prado M Sc is a nutritionist graduated at the University Rafael Landivar in Guatemala, she is specialized in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition from the University of Balearic Island in Mallorca, Spain. She graduated with academic excellence in both degrees. She is founder of Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition in Guatemala. She implemented the nutrigenomic testing in clinical nutrition practice in Guatemala. Additionally to the metabolic gene mapping she has innovated the nutrition field with a new perspective of diet and genes implicated in sport predisposition. She has been speaker in several seminars and meetings in Guatemala.

Emilio Yurrita Obiols MD is a specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine recognized by the National Autonomous University of México graduated at the National Institute of Perinatology (INPer). He is certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation for the evaluation of the first trimester and maternal-fetal Doppler. He received his medical training at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC) and completed his residency training in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security (IGSS) also recognized by USAC. He has been professor and lecturer and organizer in different academic activities in Guatemala and currently is titular MD of Sanatorio el Pilar at Guatemala.


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Pre-symposium Workshop

Cost: 150 usd.



3rd international symposium

Cost: 200 usd.


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