Bioethics and Medical Education

Platform of Bioethics and Medical Education

  • Principal Researcher: Luis Vivanco
  • Coordination: Blanca V. Bartolomé Castilla
  • Research Collaborator (Hospital San Pedro): Roberto Carlos Delgado Bolton
  • Collaborators:
    • Montserrat San Martín Pérez - Universidad de Granada

Advances in science and technology can be a key driver of development. However, if ethical frameworks are not taken into account, science and technology can turn into risk factors for human beings’ health and welfare. One of the main goals of the bioethics is to do an ethical analysis of issues related to healthcare and welfare of human beings that are accompanying the development of science and technology.

Establishing and sharing ethical global standards as well as promoting the practice of ethical behavior of healthcare professionals and researchers, are important instruments how the bioethics contributes in the construction of a global society more human, responsible, just, and solidary.


The Platform of Bioethics and Medical Education of the Centre of Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR) was created in 2011 with the following main objectives:

  1. To develop instruments of easy use, contrastable and high reliability and experimental validity that can be applied into the bioethical analysis of scientific research, training of healthcare professionals, and healthcare services.
  2. To promote ethical global standards that can be applied for improving: (i) quality of the research and healthcare services; (ii) formative programs of healthcare professionals; (iii) quality of healthcare services.
  3. To measure the benefits that professional and ethical behaviors of healthcare professionals and researchers have in: (i) health and welfare of the population; (ii) responsible use of resources; (iii) improvement of the healthcare services; (iv) promotion of a just, supportive, and solidary global society; and (v) responsible use of the environment.

Furthermore, those objectives, since 2016 and in the framework of a mutual collaboration agreement between the UNESCO, through the Social Sciences and Human Sector, and the Kingdom of Spain, through the Autonomous Government of La Rioja, the Platform is in charge of the direction of the National Centre of Documentation of Bioethics. This initiative brings supports to the UNESCO Section of Bioethics and other national and international organizations that are working in bioethics in areas of mutual interest.

National Centre of Documentation on Bioethics

Principal Researcher

Luis Vivanco

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Phone: +34 941 278 770 (Ext.: 84852)


Luis Vivanco (Lima, 1975) is BS in Biology, MA in Bioethics and PhD in Medicine. Dr. Vivanco is Principal Investigator of a Research Platform on Bioethics and Medical Education at the Center of Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR), Director of the National Center of Documentation on Bioethics at Rioja Health Foundation (FRS), member of the Research Ethics Committee of La Rioja, and Academic Director of an International Master Program in Bioethics, carrying out by an academic consortium established among the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER), the European University of Atlantico (Spain) and the International Ibero-American University (Mexico-Puerto Rico). His professional experience is mainly focused on the study of ethics education and social and cross-cultural issues, and Bioethics and Professionalism in healthcare areas.





Work Team

Blanca V. Bartolomé Castilla

Blanca V. Bartolomé Castilla

Phone: +34 941 278 855


Graduated in Medicine and Surgery, Complutense University of Madrid. Doctorate in Internal Medicine Official Program by the same University. Is also a Specialist in Family and Community Medicine (MIR Program carried out alt Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain). Master´s degree in Advance Palliative Medicine Care.

Healthcare assistance carried out in Public Health System of Madrid, Spain and in Public Health System of La Rioja, Spain as Family Physician & Oncology and Palliative Medicine Care respectively.

She was a member of several Scientific Advisory Board and Science Partnerships like Semfyc`s ( Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine )Hypertension Group and Ambulatory Monitoring of Blood Pressure (AMBP)Research Group , Technical Evaluation Committee of RefBIO Research Collaborative Projects (POCTEFA-Interreg).

She currently leads the Biomedical Research Project Department and also took part in several competitive research projects (MINECO and ISCIII).

Roberto Carlos Delgado Bolton

Roberto Carlos Delgado Bolton

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Roberto Delgado Bolton (Santander, 1973) is an expert in Nuclear Medicine and Imaging and has been holding prominent research and clinical posts in the field. He holds a PhD degree in Radiological Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain. The most recent post has been Head of the Department of Imaging (Radiology) and Nuclear Medicine (including Radiology, Nuclear medicine and Radiation Protection, in Spanish Jefe de Departamento de Imagen y Medicina Nuclear, que engloba al Servicio de Radiología, el Servicio de Medicina Nuclear y el Servicio de Protección Radiológica) of the San Pedro University Hospital and Centre for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño (La Rioja), from January 2014 to July 2016.

Current professional situation:

Current contract: His current position is at the San Pedro University Hospital with a 6-month temporary contract (contrato eventual de acúmulo de tareas de 6 meses de duración) signed for the period 22 October 2017 to 22 March 2018.
Current positions in San Pedro University Hospital: In La Rioja he holds the following positions: He is at present Chair or President of the Education Board of La Rioja (Presidente de la Comisión de Docencia del Hospital San Pedro), Head of Specialised Medical Education of San Pedro University Hospital (Jefe de Estudios de Formación Sanitaria Especializada del Hospital San Pedro), and Coordinator of the Hospital’s General Clinical Sessions, all at the San Pedro University Hospital and CIBIR, Logroño (La Rioja), Spain. He is also a Consultant Physician (Facultativo Especialista de Área) in Nuclear Medicine at the University San Pedro Hospital and Centre for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR) in Logroño (La Rioja), Spain. At the Universidad de La Rioja he teaches as Associate Professor of the Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería.

Current scientific positions:

Europe: Roberto Delgado Bolton is member of the Board of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) and of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He is member of ECCO’s Oncopolicy Executive Committee. He is also reviewer of other imaging journals, such as PLOS ONE and Cancer Imaging.
Spain: In Spain he is member (miembro del comité ejecutivo) of the Oncology Committee (Grupo de Oncología) of the Spanish Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (Sociedad Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular, SEMNIM) and Associate Editor of the Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular.

Education · Main milestones:

2015-2016 · Diploma on hospital management (gestión clínica) at Colegio Oficial de Médicos de La Rioja, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain.
2015 · May-June 2015 · In 2015 he participated in the HOPE Exchange program of the European Union for healthcare professionals in management, entitled “Hospitals of the Future”.
2004-2005 · Diploma on management of imaging departments at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain.
2000-2004 · May 2004 · Doctorate in Radiological Sciences (Ph.D.) (Doctor en Medicina, “Sobresaliente Cum Laude” Ciencias Radiológicas) at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain.
1999-2003 · June 2003 · Postgraduate certificate in nuclear medicine at Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain. Specialization in Nuclear medicine (médico especialista en Medicina Nuclear vía MIR).
1994-1995 · Erasmus Program (4th year Medical Degree) in Liège, Belgium.
1991-1997 · June 1997 · Medical Degree (M.D.) at Santander Medical School, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain.

Scientific production · Summary:
>40 publications in journals; h index: 9; total number of references: 735.
ANECA Accreditation (Spain) 2016

Publications: Co-author in more than 40 papers (original, reviews and meta-analyses, letters to the Editor and case reports).
Chapters of books: Co-author in more than 20 chapters.
Presentations: Presentations at international and national meetings: Co-author in more than a 100 congress papers.
Invited lectures/conferences: More than 85 national and international lectures, including an invitation as keynote speaker in an international symposium.
Chairman at scientific meetings: More than 30 sessions.
Director of PhD research: Four PhDs finalised as co-director: Co-Director of four PhD degrees approved by the UCM with honours (“Sobresaliente Cum Laude”), one on sentinel node biopsy, another in interventional radiology, two more in 01/2016 (in PET/CT in lung cancer in radiation oncology and surgery).

Lines of research: Oncology; imaging; PET; PET/CT; FDG; PET tracers; therapy; unknown primary tumours; lung cancer; lymphoma; myeloma; cardiovascular; infection and inflammation; endocarditis; stem-cell; sentinel node; 3D imaging; neurology; policy; education; bioethics; empathy.


Universidad de Granada:

  • Montserrat San Martín Pérez