Dr. Joaquin Barnoya received his medical degree from San Carlos University of Guatemala and his Master in Pubic Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health. After fellowship, Dr. Barnoya moved to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), as a Legacy Foundation fellow on Tobacco Control at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. His work focused on the tobacco industry in Latin America and reviewing secondhand smoke and the cardiovascular system which was selected by the American Heart Association as one of the Top 10 scientific advances of 2005. Currently Dr. Barnoya is Director of Research at the Cardiovascular Unit (UNICAR) of Guatemala, Associate Researcher at Landivar University and Research Director at Integra Cancer Institute in Guatemala. His current research is focuses on electronic and capsule cigarettes and, together with faculty and students at the Colorado School of Public Health, to underst the causality of chronic kidney disease epidemic in Central America. He has also served as a mentor for medical, anthropology, and nutrition students in Guatemala and the United States.