Preventive Medicine Conference

October 24th - 25th, 2016

Join the Fundashon On Curaçao This October

At the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

The Conference on Preventive Medicine will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Institute Fundashon Prevenshon and the initiation of cervical cancer screening on Curaçao. This event will feature lectures from experts from around the globe, covering a range of topics including preventative measures against the Zika virus.

This program has been endorsed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the European School of Oncology (ESO).


Announcing Our Keynote Speaker


Harald zur Hausen

Nobel Laureate, Keynote Speaker

We Are Pleased to Welcome Nobel Laureate, Prof. Harald zur Hausen

Harald zur Hausen went against existing dogmas and discovered that human papilloma virus (HPV) causes cervical cancer, the second most common cancer among women in the Caribbean. He showed that HPV-DNA is present in tumors. He found DNA to be a family of viruses of which only some HPV types (particularly type 16 and 18) cause cancer.

His discovery has led to the understanding of mechanisms of HPV-induced cancer.

The global public health burden attributable to HPV is considerable. More than 5% of all cancers worldwide are caused by persistent infection with this virus. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted agent, afflicting 50-80% of the population. Vaccines were ultimately developed that provide major protection from infection reducing the need for surgery and the global burden of cervical cancer, oral cancer, and other cancers as well.

Conference Speakers

Experts in the field discuss the way forward.
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Prof. Herbert Pinedo MD PhD
Conference President

Prof. Pinedo is founder of VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam, where he was chief of the Department of Oncology. Dr. Pinedo received many international awards. He returned to Curaçao to establish a prevention center. Fundashon Prevenshon, of which he is chairman of the board.

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Prof. Dr. Ashley Duits PhD

Prof. Duits is the medical immunologist and professor of medical education at the University of Groningen. He is director of the Red Cross Blood Bank Foundation Curaçao and the director of the educational program at the St. Elisabeth Hospital, Curaçao.

Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth MD

Dr. Gerstenbluth is an Epidemiologist. He is head of the Epidemiology Research Unit, and Communicable Disease Unit of the Medical and Public Health Service of Curaçao. He is also a board member of Fundashon Prevenshon.

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Dr. Monique van de Wall Arneman MD

Dr. Van de Wall Arneman is a General Practitioner in Curaçao. She is member of the post graduate course workgroup of NASHKO and of the Committee for Continuing Education of the Curaçao General Practitioners.

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Dr. Michael Dean PhD

Dr. Dean is the Chief of the Laboratory of Translational Genomics at the National Cancer Institute. He is playing a crucial role in setting up HPV screening in Central America.

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Dr. Daron Ferris, MD PhD

Dr. Ferris  is the Director of the Augusta University Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Center. He is the Founder and President of CerviCusco in Cusco, Peru. He has lectured at numerous international, national, state and local organizations.

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Dr. Igor Gomes Bravio MD

Dr. Gomes Bravio is a Gynecologist with special interest in cervical cancer screening practicing at the St. Elisabeth Hospital, Curaçao. He is the author of guidelines and protocols employed for cervical cancer screening at the Fundashon Prevenshon.

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Dr. Byron Martina MD PhD

Dr. Martina joined the Department of Virology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam in 2003. Since 2008 he is team leader of the Center's 'Exotic Viruses' group. He is well known for his research on arboviruses including the Chikungunya virus, Dengue virus, and Zika virus

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Dr. Marcel de Witte MD

Dr. De Witte is a radiologist, performing research at the implementation of CT-colonography as diagnostic device. He developed an international training program for radiologists at the foundation of The Virtual Colonoscopy Academy.

Dr. John-John Schnog MD

Dr. Schnog is a hematologist-medical oncologist practicing at the St. Elisabeth Hospital, Curaçao. He has a major interest in screening for colorectal cancer and is presently investigating which is the most appropriate method to apply on the island.

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