dr. Karen Martínez, as of today, is in the position of NIH scientific reviewer

The appointment is a great achievement for the Puerto Rican Medical Society, as it represents value to the research and contribution of specialists to medicine.

Psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Martínez, will now serve as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Photo: Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

dr. Karen G. Martínez, MD, MSc, psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Puerto Ricois named as Scientific reviewer National Institutes of Health (NIHfor the acronym in English).

Dr. Martínez’s appointment reflects her more than 20 years of work as a psychiatrist, in which she has distinguished herself as a researcher since the beginning of her career as a medical student in 2000. Since then, she has 53 publications and worked on countless research projects.

dr. Martínez, in her new position, will have the mission of controlling and monitoring the investigations assigned to her. Determining the fulfillment of the main goals of the organization, aimed at the benefit of health and scientific achievements available to the population.

What is NIH and the organization?

The National Institutes of Health is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. They are the nation’s leading medical research agency, conducting research that enables significant discoveries on a variety of topics to improve health and save lives.

This organization represents the main source of funding for medical research in the world; they provide resources to thousands of scientists at universities and research institutes; They consist of 27 institutes and centers, each with a specific research program, focused on specific diseases or body systems.

This institution has supported 145 Nobel Prize winners, whose research has revolutionized medicine by developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as understanding how viruses can cause cancer; advice on how to control cholesterol; understanding how the brain processes visual information, among dozens of other achievements.

Path of professional merit

Currently, Dr. Martínez holds a postdoctoral master’s degree in clinical and translational research (2006) and is now the Principal Investigator and Director of the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, Campus of Medical Sciences, University of Puerto Rico.

As a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, she is the director of the Center for the Study of the Treatment of Fear and Anxiety. The Center consists of an interdisciplinary group of psychiatrists, neuroscientists, psychologists and occupational therapists, focused on the role of physiological fear in anxiety disorders and the cultural adaptation of treatments for anxiety disorders.

President of the Puerto Rican Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, principal investigator of a grant studying the epigenetic and microbial profile of prenatal stress associated with Hurricane Maria, and director of the Hispanic Clinical and Translational Research Program in Education and Professional Development (HCTRED). ).

Active member of various professional organizations, such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), which awarded her a career development award. In this institution, she developed several projects to increase the education of a diverse public and is the co-leader of the Interest Group for Multicultural Issues. He also received the Minority Faculty Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP),

She is also part of the Committee on Trauma and Disaster of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and a member of the board of directors of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS).

Certificates and licenses

dr. Martínez has a state medical license from Puerto Ricoand American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certifications in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Faculty of Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico, on his social networks highlights the work of this expert who graduated from an educational institution and joins the celebration. The publication states that this achievement of Dr. Martínez “was one of her dreams and that is why we are celebrating it with her today.” the post says.

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From the Journal of Medicine and Public Health, we express our sincere greetings and express the joy that this represents for health in Puerto Rico.