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Vivian Brache

Recipient, SFP 2017 Allan Rosenfield Award for
Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning

Dr. Vivian BracheVivian Brache is the Director of the Biomedical Research Department of Profamilia (Dominican Republic). With over 130 publications mostly of original research and 42 years of dedication to clinical research at Profamilia, she participated in one of the first contraceptive implant multicenter clinical trials. She also participated in pivotal trials for the development of the CopperT380A and the Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System (Mirena), and conducted numerous clinical studies evaluating contraceptive vaginal rings, longer acting injectables and multipurpose prevention technologies (prevention of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections). She has published widely on the mode of action of these different contraceptive methods, and on their effect on cervical mucus, follicular development and ovulation, and hormonal profiles associated with the use of contraceptives. This work was included in the World Health Organization’s Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, consulted by family planning providers worldwide.

Ms. Brache’s research, publications, and international presentations on emergency contraception (EC), showing that the contraceptive effect is due primarily to its effects on ovulation rather than on interference with implantation, has been crucial for its introduction and accessibility in countries in which EC was condemned as being abortifacient. She has served on the Population Council’s International Committee of Contraceptive Research since 1989, and currently serves on FHI360’s Technical Advisory Group for the Development of a Longer-Acting Injectable Contraceptive, the  International Consortium for Emergency Contraception’s Technical Advisory Group, and the Population Council’s Technical Advisory Committee for the Delivering Contraceptive Vaginal Rings Project. She served as Executive Director of the Latin-American Program for Training in Human Reproduction from 2001-2005.

Ms. Brache was the 2011 recipient of the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception’s Charlotte Eilertson Award for her study of ulipristal acetate, levonorgestrel and nestorone when used for EC. She also received a Distinguished Alumnae award from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña, in Santo Domingo, where she obtained her BS and Licenciate college degree.

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