What We Do:


As well as investing in research to help the CBHRI and care providers meet the major health and social challenges they face, we are responding rapidly to national and international research priorities. You can find out about some of our current research in this section of the site.
More information about other current research studies taking place in our institute can be found on the respective categories. If you wish to collaborate in one of the research topics, please feel free to contact the responsible principal investigator.

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The impact of science on society is immense. It enables the power to do good as well as making a difference by stimulating innovations and influencing public policies which result in the improvement of people's lives.
All CBHRI-scientists will include in their publications sufficient information about their experimental methods and procedures, and make available data, software, and tangible research materials, to enable other scientists to reproduce and extend the results of all publications on which the CBHRI laboratories have participated. CBHRI strongly encourages all it scientists to publish their original, peer-reviewed research in journals that make publications freely available and downloadable online immediately after publication (i.e. open access journals).

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CBHRI recognizes the importance of scientific collaborations between its laboratories and other scientists, and strongly encourages such collaborations as an essential part of scientific research. CBHRI laboratories may collaborate with colleagues at other non-profit or academic institutions and with colleagues at for-profit companies. Conflict of interest issues may arise where a researcher has an equity interest in a company with which he or she is collaborating. If a laboratory head proposes to collaborate with a company in which he or she owns equity, CBHRI will consider whether it is appropriate for the researcher to engage in the collaboration while holding the equity interest. The advisory board will be consulted in such cases. In evaluating these situations, CBHRI will consider such factors as the nature of the collaborative work, the significance of the collaboration to the company and to the laboratory, the amount of the equity interest, how large the company is and whether it is publicly held, and how the equity was obtained.

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Philantropists, like YOU

We are strong believers that TOGETHER we are 'stronger'. By teaming up we can achieve "more" than working alone. CBHRI shares its knowledge to improve human life by influencing policy makers for sustainable health obtained through biomedical research.
Supporting us means that your generous gift will contribute to a good cause by giving hope to thousands of people when disaster strikes. Join us and become a regular sustaining donor.



Important call for action: chikungunya outbreak

A severe outbreak of chikungunya has been reported in Brazil. It seems that the disease manifestations observed are more severe than reported in previous outbreaks. Reason for other countries in the area to be alert!!

View this ongoing discussion on REDe

July, 2017

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) granted CBHRI three grants (DUCAMID, SONORO, ARBOCARIB) for the years 2017-2021. Visit our research page to learn more.

Group Leaders

Prof. dr. Ashley Duits co-founder & Head of Department of Immunology

Specialized in immunology of infectious diseases and immunological & hematological aspects of sickle cell disease with special focus on angiognesis.... Read full bio...

Dr. John-John Schnog Head of the Department of Oncology

Oncologist/hematologist – Specialized in hematological cancers.... Read full bio...

Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth co-founder & Head of the Department of Epidemiology

Specialized in general public health, with a special focus on development of surveillance & monitoring systems....Read full bio...

Dr. Byron Martina co-founder & Head of the Department of Virology

Virologist – Specialized in 'exotic viruses' Dengue, Hanta, West Nile, Chikungunya, Rabies, Influenza, Mers-Coronanvirus and Enterovirus-71 infections.... Read full bio...

Dr. Tineke Alberts Head of the Department of Social sciences

Specialized in research on health services utilization and socioeconomic health inequalities..... Read full bio...


The CBHRI is based in Willemstad, Curaçao. It was founded in 2016 to support translational research. CBHRI is an initiative to improve the translation of basic scientific developments into clinical benefits for patients and to reinforce the position of Curaçao as a leader in healthcare related research in the Caribbean and Latin America.
CBHRI undertakes ‘translational research’, taking laboratory research into a clinical setting, ‘from the bench to the bedside’. This kind of research is about first-time studies of medical innovations in patients, which are intended to improve healthcare delivery for the benefit of all patients.
CBHRI is an organization characterized by creative connections and collaborative relationships. These are facilitated between different research themes and other international organizations.



The department of Immunology is involved in understanding of the immune response in infectious diseases and cardiovascular conditions.


The department of Epidemiology focuses on the study of frequency and distribution of diseases and the underlying determinants of health.

Social sciences

The department of Social sciences focuses on the determinants of health, health behavior and health services utilization.


The department of Oncology will study several aspects of diagnosis and treatment of cancers relevant to the Dutch Caribbean, in close collaboration with other groups in the Caribbean and Latin America.


The department of virology is involved in development and validation of diagnostics, studies of pathogenesis and development of intervention strategies for several viruses of importance for Dutch Caribbean and the region.

Capital management

The Capital Management Office (CMO) of CBHRI is responsible for the financial administration of grants funded by life-science funding agents, corporate responsibility foundations (CRF), charity foundations (CF), and crowd funding (FR).


About Us


The vision of CBHRI is to become an institute of academic excellence where basic research and applied research is conducted.


CBHRI aims to perform interdisciplinary research on epidemiology, infectious diseases, immunology and cancer to improve human health in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Translating biology into medicine

Each department operates from a Translational Medicine philosophy.

The key is cross functional teamwork

In our model of translational research the patient is central and the research focuses on a landscape of multiple diseases. Therefore, we have to be a highly collaborative organization.


The organization is composed of post-docs, technicians and PhD students working together to study the different problems in each project

Research Projects

What "YOU" can Do:

Take Action TODAY & Participate

Join us in our mission to improve human health in the Caribbean & Latin America. By performing biomedical research we are able to sustain health in our communities through disease prevention & early detection. Imagine, the many innovations your gift will contribute with. Take action and participate!

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SPONSOR a Project

All donations directed to CBHRI support research programs on different aspects of infectious diseases and immunological diseases, as well as cancer, ensuring that 100% of your contribution benefits research.

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Donate/SPONSOR laboratorium equipments & supplies

If your organization considers to make a donation of any machine you might be replacing in your organization to CBHRI, please feel free to contact us if you need additional information about CBHRI and it objectives.
Any support and/of assistance provided will have a positive impact on helping our research foundation in its mission.
Interested in sponsoring laboratory equipment or supplies that we need for our research, please feel free to contact Eurydice Martina, by email e.martina@cbhri.com or Lisette Provacia, by email l.provacia@cbhri.com.

Become Research Partners

See the different ways we can work together, contact us at info@cbhri.com

ILLNESS brings

high costs to society

CBHRI cares for the well-being of ALL human beings

Sustainable HEALTH obtained

through the prevention and early detection of diseases by stimulating Biomedical Research

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." - Albert Einstein