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Unibe hosts health, science talks

The University of Iberoamérica (Unibe), in Tibás, north of San José, is hosting several science and health-related seminars and symposia in coming weeks as a part of a special monthly series. Unibe hosts six to 10 events each month that are usually talks with doctors or professors from U.S. universities.

Last Tuesday, three doctors – Carol Mathews and Anna E. Ordóñez, from the University of California in San Francisco, and Luis Herrera from Costa Rica – presented a discussion on the biological and clinical aspects of resiliency.

The doctors discussed a study they are conducting in Costa Rica to learn more about resiliency and anxiety of school-aged youth in the Central Valley. Resiliency refers to the ability of a person who has experienced high risk or adverse situations to successfully develop psychological health. The study is being undertaken in collaboration with the University of California in San Francisco and  Unibe, and with the approval of Costa Rica’s Health and Public Education ministries. Its objective is to learn more about the feelings and behaviors of youth in Costa Rica and their association with anxiety and other mental health problems.

Some 5,000 students between the ages of 12 and 18 who attend school in the Central Valley will participate in the study, regardless of whether they have an anxiety disorder or not.

Participation is completely voluntary and the data obtained from the study will be kept confidential. For more information, contact the participating doctors through e-mail at or call 8891-3654.

On Sundays, Harriet Cobb, from James Madison University, will give a presentation and discussion. The exact time and location will be announced soon.

Also, a discussion on the detection and management of addiction will be held on March 12 in Unibe’s auditorium, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In this event, featured speakers are four medical professionals: Andrea Mesen, a psychiatric doctor, director and researcher of the Costa Rican Center of Medical Research; Luis Carlos Sancho, a psychiatric doctor, director and researcher at the Psychiatric Clinic of the La Católica Hospital; Sharon Murillo, a clinical psychologist at the Villa Paz Clinic; and Julio Quesada, a counselor and addictions and family therapist at the Villa Paz Clinic.

This talk is geared for professional students in the fields of medicine, psychology, social work and nutrition, and other professionals who work in health sciences and social sciences.

Additionally, on April 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unibe will sponsor a symposium on respiratory emergencies at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobicí in Salon Corcovado. Seven emergency specialist doctors from hospitals in the capital will discuss a variety of topics related to patients with respiratory emergencies. This talk is directed at medical professionals and students.

April 5 to 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Unibe will sponsor the National Congress of Emergency Nursing at the Hotel Aurora Holiday Inn in San José. The event will cover numerous topics related to emergency nursing and is geared for nursing professionals and advanced nursing students. Seating is limited.

For more information on these two events, call 2297-2242, extension 143 or 146, or write

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