Fernando Barros, Coordinator of South American Projects
Dr Fernando Barros graduated in Medicine in Southern Brazil and trained initially as a paediatrician in Rio de Janeiro. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Maternal and Child Health from the Institute of Child Health, University of London, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His PhD thesis focused on the perinatal health of babies born in the city of Pelotas, Brazil, in the year 1982. He was Professor of Epidemiology of the Federal University of Pelotas, and founded the Epidemiological Research Centre at the same University, where he still works. He carried out extensive research in maternal and child health epidemiology in several low and middle income countries, especially in Latin America. In Southern Brazil he has been working with three birth cohort studies which started in the years 1982, 1993 and 2004, and are still being followed up. He has been also Research Scientist at the PAHO/WHO Latin American Perinatal Centre, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Author of numerous books and chapters, he has published over 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the areas of maternal, perinatal and child health, and evaluation of health services, and is currently Professor of Epidemiology of the Post-Graduate Course in Health and Behavior of the Catholic University of Pelotas, Brazil. Besides the birth cohort studies conducted in Southern Brazil, Dr. Barros is currently working in a number of international research projects, including the Intergrowth 21st study, coordinated by the University of Oxford.