CHHS Clinical Research Program Embarks on Study Abroad Trip to Buenos Aires

CHHS Clinical Research Program Embarks on Study Abroad Trip to Buenos Aires

The Clinical Research Program embarked on their first study abroad trip during Spring Break.

Six undergraduate students and two faculty members, Barb Pennington and Annemarie Petroff, traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, they visited several clinical research specific organizations, including the PPD and IQVIA (formerly Quintiles) offices, an ethics committee meeting, the Austral University research site and Argentinian Ministry of Health (ANMAT), which is equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Student groups, and even PPD, have never before been invited to ANMAT. Students learned how regulations pertaining to the drug development and approval process in Argentina differ from the U.S. FDA system and also noted several similarities in regulatory processes between the two countries.

During the trip, representatives from the PPD and IQVIA offices spent considerable time with students and faculty to explain how these global companies work together with other offices, research sites, ethics committees and regulatory agencies throughout the drug and device development process. Local PPD contacts coordinated and joined the group on all research organization visits throughout Buenos Aires, assisting with travel logistics and Spanish translation.

In their downtime, the group enjoyed cultural experiences such as a tango show, open air markets and a city bus tour. They visited La Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva (Evita) Peron, former first lady of Argentina, is buried and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, where for 20 years Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, resided and officiated mass.

Pennington states, “All in all, it was a fantastic trip. Students made comments such as, ‘the trip of a life time,’ ‘life-changing experience,’ ‘the best investment I’ve made in my education.’”