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Dominican Scientist Receives Award
At their annual meeting in New York City on October 5, 2011, the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) and the the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC) honored Dominican scientist Dr. Vivian Brache with the Charlotte Ellertson Award for Innovation. The prize was awarded for her groundbreaking research on emergency contraception in the Caribbean.
The Charlotte Ellertson Award for Innovation acknowledges individuals or organizations who have contributed to bold advances with emergency contraception. Brache was recognized "for her studies on the mechanism of action and efficacy, not only of ulipristal acetate but also of levonorgestrel and nestorone when used for emergency contraception." American researchers Diana Blithe and Erin Gainer also received the award. In addition, Chilean researcher Dr. Horacio Croxatto was given the Felicia Stewart Award for being "an outstanding leader who, through a substantial and prolonged body of work, has changed the face of access to and understanding of EC through programs, policy advocacy and/or research."
Dr. Vivian Brache is Director of the Biomedical Research Department of Profamilia in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her department conducts research on new contraceptive technology. In response to the concern caused by the global spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, they are currently evaluating various vaginal gels that have the potential to protect women from contracting these diseases. The department also participated in initial studies that led to several long-term contraceptive methods, such as the Copper T and Mirena intrauterine devices.
Brache joined Profamilia as a Research Associate in 1974. She has co-authored over 120 scientific papers that have been published in prestigious international journals.