Regional Bioethics Advisor
Pan American Health Organization
Carla Saenz is in charge of the Regional Program on Bioethics at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is the World’s Health Organization's Regional Office for the Americas. She gives technical cooperation on bioethics, which includes support for the incorporation of ethics in national and regional plans, policies and regulations, and the development of capacity on the different areas of bioethics in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Saenz is also responsible for PAHO’s Ethics Review Committee (PAHOERC), which reviews all human subject research conducted with PAHO’s involvement. Dr. Saenz holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining PAHO, she was at the Department of Bioethics at Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where her research focused on population-based bioethics, and served as a Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was affiliated to UNC’s Parr Center for Ethics. Dr. Saenz has authored several publications on different areas of bioethics, and has recently coedited the book Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe and been responsible of the development of PAHO’s zika ethics guidance.