Bio: Dr. Gabriel Anaya graduated from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He has been involved in public health research and disease prevention since his medical training. Dr. Anaya recently received his Master’s degree in Clinical Research from the University of California San Diego and has been working for two years as a Research Associate in the department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego. The main focus of his research has been environmental health and different public health research projects focused on disease on the US-Mexico border. Dr. Anaya was born in the United States but was raised in Mexico. His background provides a binational-bicultural background that has aided in both clinical and research settings. He is strongly influenced by contact with the medical community. Dr. Anaya has learned that public health interventions have great impact in collective health.
Project: Dr. Anaya’s GloCal project is a continuation of an effort to identify health differences in the US-Mexico border region compared to non-border regions of both countries. The purpose of this research project is to explore and detect the risk factors that have led Mexico and the US-Mexico border to an increase in mortality due to cardiovascular disease. As reported by the World Health Organization (2014), Mexico’s leading cause of mortality is cardiovascular disease. Preliminary results of mortality data within Mexico showed higher mortality on the US-Mexico border due to cardiovascular disease when compared to the rest of Mexico. This study conveys data and the collaboration from different groups across Mexico and the US, providing an evidence-based risk assessment of the rising mortality due to non-communicable diseases.