Raquel R. Cesario is one of the seven researchers involved with the recently funded UNIFRAN/FAPESP-PPMCG Thematic Project on Climate Change and Health (2010-2014), and was the Principal Investigator for the ‘Leishmaniasis and Bartonellosis Surveillance System at South-western Amazonia’ Project, funded by the Brazilian Scientific and Technological Development Council (2007-2009). Since August 2011, she is a PhD Proponent in the University of Franca’s Graduate Programme on Health Promotion. Her research interests are (1) to understand the underlying processes that maintain hyper-endemic some neglected vector-borne infectious diseases, at the tri-national borders of South-western Amazonia, and (2) to foster scientifically-informed and sustainable decision-making to mitigate such burden, in a context of ongoing Andean-Amazonian socio-environmental changes. Raquel holds a MSc. in ‘Medicine and Health’ (2005, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil), specializations in ‘Human Resources Planning and Management for Health’ (1997, National School of Public Health, FIOCRUZ, Brazil), ‘Sanitary Surveillance’ (1996, Minas Gerais Health School, Brazil), in ‘Epidemiological Surveillance and Malaria Control’ (ongoing, May 2011 – January 2012, University of Brasilia, Brazil) , and was Graduated in Nutrition in 1993 (Ouro Preto Federal University, Brazil).