Luis Vivanco, Ph.D.

Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR)
C/ Piqueras 98, 2ª planta
26006 Logroño, La Rioja

Dr. Vivanco is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR) where he coordinates the Bioethical Research Platform. The Platform carries out two main activities: research projects and formative support on bioethics at the local, national, and international levels. Since 2009, Dr. Vivanco is the Academic Coordinator of the International Master program on Bioethics that is supported by the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER). This Foundation is established in Spain where it is one of the principal leaders on e-learning post-graduate education for all the Ibero-american region. Dr. Vivanco received his B.Sc. and Lc.Sc. on Biology at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú; a M.A. on Philosophy with emphasis on bioethics at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia; and a M.A. on Bioethics and biojurisprudence at UNESCO Program on Bioethics from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain. In 2011, he obtained his Ph.D. on Applied Molecular Medicine with major on cell damage, aging, bioprotection and oncogenesis at the University CEU San Pablo, Spain.

A bioethical approach on the study of induced abortion in Spain: Since 1985, induced abortion is legal in Spain. At first, this practice was allowed only in three situations: when the physical or mental health of the mother was at risk; when the pregnancy was a consequence of sexual abuse; or, when the fetus presented deformities or expected mental handicaps after birth. In 2010, legislation was passed which allows abortion with no restrictions. In 2009, ninety seven percent of the abortion cases were justified under the mental health condition. Currently, the main research interest of Dr. Vivanco is focused on the association between the woman’s mental health condition, the unintended pregnancy situation, and  induced abortion. All of these from the perspective of the resilience and vulnerability psychological conditions. Part of this work was supported by grants from the Institute Borja on Bioethics, in 2010.



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