The Opening Session of the CTRWPR took place on May 3, 2021. During this official ceremony, Dr. José Hawayeck, Dean of Academic Affairs for UPR MSC, read the Governor’s Proclamation for the Clinical and Translational Research Week in Puerto Rico.
After the proclamation there was a presentation of the mosaic, ” Supported by Roots” which was chosen as the WCTRWPR’s emblem. The presentation of this artwork was done by Architect Luis A. Rivera-Torresrepresenting the seventeen artists that made this collaborative work, as a response to the COVID-19 situation, which depicts from left to right the somber presence of the virus and towards the right, the bright future after the pandemic.
The plenary lecture was sponsored by HiREC, through its Visiting Scientist Professorship Program. The lecturer was Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, Unit Chief of Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health for the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization, discussed: “Challenges and opportunities created by COVID-19, a glance towards the future”. Dr. Eijkemans summarized the COVID-19 situation throughout the Americas and then presented her perspective on the research and educational agendas for the future to deal with the present challenges. A very active question and answer section followed.
A celebration of scientific organizations and projects 5th, 10th, and 20th anniversaries was done through a video presentation highlighting the accomplishments throughout the years. Approximately 90 attendees, who included students, faculty, and public, were linked and participated in this enlightening opening session.