Dr Eduardo Lazcano-Ponce

PhD , MD
Visiting Fellow


With the purpose of getting to know the real dimension of Intellectual Development Disorders (TDI) as a public health problem in Mexico, he has carried out a series of studies combining epidemiological, clinical and social sciences research, as well as economic and health systems research, considering the following elements:

  1. d) An epidemiologic proposal to estimate burden of disease of TDI using a probabilistic model, taking several population surveys carried out recently by the National Public Health institute and INEGI in Mexico: a) Survey regarding the perception of disabilities in Mexico, year 2010; and b) Screening of disabilities in children less than 10 years old, created during the National Health and Nutrition Survey from 2012; c) Disabilities estimation from INEGI using the census sample of the 2010 Population and Housing Census, the 2010 National Household Income and Expenses Survey and the 2010 National Survey on Discrimination in Mexico; d) The 2015-2016 national survey regarding the situation of children 5 years and younger and pregnant women, carried out in collaboration with UNICEF-INSP, among other surveys.
  2. Genomic and metabolomics characterization of TDI, stratified by attention deficit disorders and metabolic syndrome.
  3. Economic perspective to evaluate in terms of society and direct and indirect costs, the catastrophic expenditures amount for families with a member that suffers from TDI, which under current circumstances, will not be potentially productive throughout his or her life.
  4. An external evaluation component regarding social and work inclusion programs which promote normalization within a sample framework of TDI care centers.

The results will allow designing, promoting and evaluating public policies based on scientific evidence, which are currently absent due to a government vision focused on welfare and charity regarding TDI.


Research interests

  • Creation of a research area in The National Institute of Public Health of Mexico regarding early child development and disabilities.
  • Mental Health and population approach.
  • Genomic and metabolomics characterization of Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum, stratified by attention deficit disorders and metabolic syndrome.


  • Lazcano-Ponce E, Katz G, Rodríguez-Valentín R, Castro F, Allen-Leigh B, Márquez-Caraveo ME, Ramírez-García MÁ, Arroyo-García E, Medina-Mora ME, Ángeles G, Urquieta-Salomón JE, Salvador-Carulla L. The intellectual developmental disorders Mexico study: situational diagnosis, burden, genomics and intervention proposal. Salud Publica Mex. 2016 Nov-Dec;58(6):694-707.
  • Katz G, Lazcano-Ponce E, Madrigal E. Mental health in the populational field: the utopia of social psychiatry in low income countries. Salud Publica Mex. 2017 Jul-Aug;59(4):351-353.
  • Rojas-Martínez R, de Castro F, Villalobos A, Romero M, Allen B, Hubert C, Barrientos-Gutiérrez T, Lazcano-Ponce E. Population profiles associated with severe functioning difficulties and disability among two to four years old children in Mexico. Salud Publica Mex 2017;59:361-369
  • Braverman-Bronstein A, Barrientos-Gutiérrez T, de Castro F, Lazcano-Ponce E, Rojas-Martínez R, Terán V. Population profiles associated with severe functional difficulties and disability among 5-17-year-old children in México. Salud Publica Mex 2017;59:370-379.
  • Villalobos A, de Castro F, Rojas R, Allen-Leigh B, Hubert C, Avendaño-Badillo D, Romero M, Vázquez-García A, Barrientos-Gutiérrez T, Lazcano-Ponce E. Child labor and severe functioning difficulties and disability in Mexican children and adolescents 5-17 years of age. Salud Publica Mex 2017;59:380-388.