April 24th - Tuesday  

Opening ceremony

Carlos Dotres Martínez
Minister, Salud Pública de Cuba

CRICS V Authorities:
George A.O. Alleyne
Director, PAHO/WHO
President of Honor

Rosa Elena Siméon Negrín
Minister, Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente de Cuba
Honor Committee

Ileana Morales Suares
Vice Minister, Salud Pública de Cuba
President of National Organizing Committee

Juan Antonio Casas
Director, Division of Health and Human Development/PAHO/WHO
General Coordinator

Abel Laerte Packer
International Committee Coordinator

Patricio Yepez Miño
PAHO/WHO Representative, Cuba
Liaison Office

Jeremías Hernández Ojito
Director, CNICM
General Organization Vice President




George A.O. Alleyne
Director, PAHO/WHO
Information: a bridge over the divide


  Cultural act

Group of Violins from Manuel Saumel Conservatory
Guitar Orchestra of Havana



Welcome cocktail to participants


April 25th - Wednesday

Local: General Secretariat, Palacio de las Convenciones



First Plenary Session

Key address

Pierre Lévy
Professor, Department de Sciences du Loisir et de la Comunication Sociale, Université du Québec à
Trois-Rivières, Canada


Panel 1

[ Knowledge society and health equity ]

Giorgo Solimano
Director, Escuela de Salud Pública, Universidad de
Chile, Presidente ALAESP, Chile

Nico Stehr
Professor, Hanse-Center for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst, Germany
Modern societies as knowledge societies: the implications for health and health care

Juán Antonio Casas
Director, HDP/PAHO/WHO
Equity, health and human development: the contribution of the Virtual Health Library



Opening poster session and fair of products and services



Panel 2

[ Knowledge management in different instances of the society ]

Paulo Gadelha
Vice President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ, Brazil

David Gustafson
Chair, The Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health; Professor, Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
The promise and pitfalls of Internet health: can we and should we close the digital divide?

John Mack
President, Internet Healthcare Coalition, USA
Health codes of ethics: compliance in the real world

Gunther Eysenbach
Professor, Dept. of Social Clinical Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Consumer health informatics - new paradigm in health sciences

Fernando Lolas Stepke
Director, Regional Program on Bioethics, PAHO/WHO, Chile
The ethical challenge of information and knowledge management in health



Continuing Education
(see specific program of workshops and tutorials)



Bus departure to the Gran Teatro de la Habana



Gala of the National Ballet of Cuba to all participants of the CRICS V
Location: Gran Teatro de la Habana Federico García Lorca


April 26th - Thursday

Poster session and fair of products and services



Second Plenary Session


Panel 3

[ Information, knowledge and health decision-making ]

Jaime Sepúlveda Amor
Director, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, INSP, Mexico

Gérard de Pouvourville
Member, Centre de Recherche d’Étude et Documentation en Economie de la Santé, France
Is scientific knowledge useful for decision making? Public health between research and action

Xavier Bonfill
Director, Centro Cochrane Iberoamericano, Spain
The Cochrane Collaboration: improving clinical and sanitary decisions

José B. Jardines Méndez
President, Universidad Virtual de la Salud en Cuba, Jefe de Cátedra de NTIC en Salud, Cuba
Knowledge management in Health Systems: the experience of Cuba

Barend Mons
Secretary, SHARED-NWO, Netherlands
... the end of privileged knowledge?



Poster session and fair of products and services


Panel 4

[ Scientific knowledge production and communication ]

Juán Antonio Casas
Director, HDP/PAHO/WHO

Xavier Polanco
URI/INIST Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
Textual Information Clustering and visualization for Knowledge Discovery and Management

Carol Tenopir
Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, USA
The importance of journals to the scientific endeavor

Abel L. Packer
www.scielo.org: lessons and challenges in publishing online Latin American and Caribbean scientific publications

Stevan Harnad
Professor, Cognitive Science, Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
How freeing the refereed literature online will accelerate the growth of knowledge?


Continuing Education
(see specific program of workshops and tutorials)

April 27th - Friday

Poster session and fair of products and services



Third Plenary Session


Panel 5

[ Building capacity in health ]

Erick Martínez Torres
Professor, Universidad Médica de la Habana, Director, de Ciencia y Técnica del MINSAP

Tony McSean
Director, British Medical Association Library, United Kingdom
Time to upgrade the people: leadership in hybrid librarie

Roberto Rodrigues
Regional Consultant in Information, HSR/PAHO/WHO
The virtual campus in public health

Alejandro R. Jadad
Director, Program in eHealth Innovation, University Health Network, Faculty of Medicine and Rose Family Chair in Supportive Care, University of Toronto, Canada
Leveling the playing field: using the Internet and other information technology to ensure equitable access to knowledge


Poster session and fair of products and services



Panel 6

[ Information technologies and knowledge management ]

Cesar Hermida
Executive President, Asociación de Facultades Ecuatorianas de Medicina y Enfermería, AFEME, Ecuador

Bert Bos
User Interface Group, W3C, France
XML and its family of standards - how to apply Web technology

Derek Law
Director of Information Strategy & Librarian University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Information filtering and information brokering: revisiting the role of the librarian

Becky Lyon
Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, USA
From health professionals to health consumers: new oportunities for the Medical Library Network

Patricia Flatley Brennan
Professor, Moehlman Bascom, University of
Wisconsin-Madison; President, American Medical Informatics Association, USA
Linking public health and personal health information: a vision of regional health information technology architectures



Closure ceremony

[ Declaration of La Habana ]

[ Announcement of CRICS VI venue ]

Jeremias Hernández Ojito
Director, CNICM, Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba

Antonio Casas
Director, HDP/PAHO

Abel Packer




Continuing Education
(see specific program of workshops and tutorials)



Farewell party to all participants
“The Carnival Habanero”




Dates: April, 25 - 27
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Palacio de las Convenciones

In the program of parallel activities of the CRICS V, several activities of education continuous will take place in the form of tutorials and workshops. The participants of the congress can apply to them.

These tutorials and workshops are oriented mainly to the introduction, formation, and technical enhancement. They are always dictated at the end of the day. All courses are free but previous registration is recquired as the vacancies are limited.


Simultaneous interpretation
Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Portuguese and English will be available