Carla Odio
Carla Odio was born in 1953 and is a Spanier and Costa Rican citizen. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Costa Rica Medical School. She is Clinical Chief of Infectious Diseases in Neonatology, attending Physician in Infectious Diseases at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Chest Surgery and Hematology- Oncology Units at the National Children´s Hospital, Health Sciences Center in San José, Costa Rica. She obtained her M. D. degree in 1976 and her Pediatrics degree in 1980 at the above mentioned University and Hospital. Subsequently she obtained her Infectious Diseases degree at the Southwestern Medical School, Health Sciences Center in Dallas, Texas, United States of America in 1984. She is past president of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (SLIPE), President of the Costa Rican Chapter of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA). She is a Board Member of the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) and of the World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID). Professor Odio lectures widely, has published over 160 scientific, peer reviewed papers, and over 20 chapters on Pediatric Infectious Diseases Textbooks. She acts both as reviewer and editor for major scientific journals. She is a recipient of numerous scientific awards and grants for her research and publications on the pathophysiology, immune modulation, and antibiotic therapy of bacterial meningitis, septic arthritis and prosthetic cerebrospinal fluid infections. She has published widely on neonatal infections, the prevention and treatment neurosurgical infection, fungal infections and on the rational use of antibiotics.