New graduate projects connect PUCRS and Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Wilson Cañon Montañez came to PUCRS this month to develop academic activities with School of Medicine

09/12/2021 - 16h50

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Dr. Wilson Cañon Montañez, from the School of Nursing of Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, came to PUCRS, on Dec 7, 2021 to develop several academic initiatives. The institution has been partners with him since 2017. As a result, he was awarded a grant through which he served as Visiting Professor under the Institutional Project of Internationalization (PUCRS-PrInt) in 2019.

Dr. Montañez worked on several academic activities. These include a session in the course on Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques, offered by the School of Medicine’s and the School of Health and Life Sciences’ Graduate Program in Pediatrics and Child Health. Other CAPES-PrInt professors are teaching the course jointly: Linda Booij and Melissa Nogueira Nicolosi, from Concordia University, Canada, and Carmen Moret Tatay, from Universidad Católica de Valencia, Spain.

Montañez also met with the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies to define strategies for the development of a joint graduate program, with double degrees and academic mobility possibilities for students and faculty of PUCRS and Universidad de Antioquia. Both universities have signed a cooperation agreement that has resulted in several positive experiences.

The professor also attended meetings to plan the research projects that he is working on with students and faculty from the Graduate Programs of the School of Medicine and the School of Health and Life Sciences, with the collaboration of researchers from the University of Antioquia, Concordia University and the Catholic University of Valencia.

New international opportunities

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The partnership between PUCRS and the Universidad de Antioquia began in 2019, with the development of research projects and academic activities with faculty from both institutions. This partnership allowed student Cláudia Milena Garizabalo Davila, advised by Dr. Montañez and Dr. Rita Mattiello (School of Medicine) to complete a doctoral research internship. Additionally, it allowed Universidad de Antioquia alumnus Camila Ospina to be admitted into the Graduate Program in Pediatrics and Child Health of PUCRS. “The partnership between these institutions is significantly promoting scientific production, academic training and the opportunity to work with other international institutions”, Rita Mattiello adds.


Montañez is an epidemiologist and plays different roles in his life. He serves as a researcher at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia, as well as Coordinator of BVS Enfermaria and Secretary of the Americas Network of Chronic Diseases Surveillance (AMNET), a non-profit organization that integrates governmental and non-governmental organizations for advanced professional training in epidemiological surveillance, case management, prevention and control of chronic diseases.

Currently, AMNET embraces a significant number of professors and students from PUCRS and other institutions in Latin America. In Sept 2021, AMNET promoted the Network’s XVIII International Conference . The event featured speakers from different regions of the Americas and Spain and was attended by more than 1000 people. On the first day of the event, part of a course on Clinical-Epidemiological Evidence was introduced in a course on writing systematic reviews and meta-analysis and in a session on internationalization titled: How can internationalization advance academic careers?

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