The Hispanic Alliance for Clinical & Translational Research in Puerto Rico

The Alliance brings together the intellectual and physical resources of 3 academic medical and health sciences centers in Puerto Rico to support an island-wide program dedicated to conduct clinical and translational research.

The Hispanic Alliance for Clinical & Translational Research in Puerto Rico (Alliance) is built upon the previously funded infrastructure known as the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC). The Alliance expands the scope of our successful 10-year partnership, by leveraging intellectual and physical resources of the three major academic health sciences centers on the Island: University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Universidad Central del Caribe, Ponce Health Sciences University

The Alliance has founded on our hypothesis that research-driven improvements in health outcomes require an integrated network of key stakeholders representing academia, government, community-based organizations and health care delivery systems working together in an interdisciplinary, multi-sectorial clinical-translational research model.


Our objective is to develop and support an integrated, island-wide program focused on conducting clinical and translational research across Puerto Rico that addresses prevalent diseases and those that affect the medically underserved population.


Martin Hill

Martin Hill, PhD

Co-Leader, Pilot Projects Program

Harold I. Saavedra, PhD

Co-Leader, Professional Development Core

Iris Martinez

Iris S. Martinez Torres, DrPH, MPH, BHE

Co-leader, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Core

Darielys Maldonado

Laboratory Technician

Wanda Vega

Admninistrative Core Coordinator

Mayra Roubert, DrPH, MSc

Co-leader, Community Engagement and Outreach Core

Luisa Morales Torres, DrPH

Co-leader, Tracking and Evaluation Core

James Porter, PhD

Main Leader, Technologies and Resources for Research Laboratories Core

Laura Domenech, MD

Co-leader, Biomedical Informatics, Bioinformatics and Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement Core