Laura Vergara Merino


Researcher at CIESAL.

Laura Vergara has a degree in Medical Sciences from the School of Medicine at the Universidad de Valparaíso and is currently in her second year of internship there. She has worked with the Evidence-Based Medicine team since 2017 and has participated as an official assistant in the same institution since 2018 as well as in multiple projects as a research assistant. She has great interest in medical research and scientific literature and participates in various research projects. She is currently leading a research team within the LOVE COVID-19 Working Group, conducting a Living Systematic Review studying the effects of SARS COV-2 in pregnant patients.



Trivisonno LF, Escobar Liquitay C, Vergara-Merino L, Pérez-Bracchiglione J, Franco JVA. Key concepts for searching evidence: an introduction for healthcare professionals. Medwave [Internet]. 2022 Jan 7;22(1):e8512. Available from:

González-Xuriguera CG, Vergara-Merino L, Garegnani L, Ortiz-Muñoz L, Meza N. Introduction to network meta-analysis for evidence synthesis. Medwave 2021;21(06):e8315

Matus V, Kirmayr M, Retamal C, Vergara-Merino L, Kotlik A, Pérez-Bracchiglione J. Caracterización de los pacientes sometidos a embolización de arteria renal durante el período 2012-2020 en Valparaíso: Estudio descriptivo y revisión de la literatura. Rev. Cirugia. 2021;74(1).

Vargas-Peirano M, Verdejo C, Vergara-Merino L, Loézar C, Hoehmann M, Pérez-Bracchiglione J. Intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor in diabetic macular oedema: scoping review of clinical practice guidelines recommendations. Br J Ophthalmol [Internet]. 2021 Dec 14; Available from:

Tapia-Benavente L, Vergara-Merino L, Garegnani LI, Ortiz-Muñoz L, Loézar Hernández C, Vargas-Peirano M. Rapid reviews: definitions and uses. Medwave. 2021 Jan 5;21(1):e8090. Spanish, English. doi: 10.5867/medwave.2021.01.8090. PMID: 33755038.

Verdejo C, Tapia-Benavente L, Schuller-Martínez B, Vergara-Merino L, Vargas-Peirano M, Silva-Dreyer AM. What you need to know about scoping reviews. Medwave 2021;21(02):e8144

Vergara Merino L, Verdejo C, Franco JVA, Escobar Liquitay C, Urrútia G, Klabunde R, Pérez P, Sánchez L, Madrid E Registered trials address questions already answered with high-certainty evidence: A sample of current redundant research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2021 Feb 6;134:89-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.01.024.

Vergara-Merino L, Meza N, Couve-Perez C, Carrasco C, Ortiz-Muñoz L, Madrid E, Bohorquez-Blanco S. Perez-Bracchiglione J. Maternal and perinatal outcomes related to COVID-19 and pregnancy  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2021 Feb 9. doi: 10.1111/aogs.14118.

Verdejo C, Vergara-Merino L, Carvajal-Juliá N, Meza N, Madrid E, Rada G, Reyes MXR Macrolides for the treatment of COVID-19: A living systematic review protocol OSF 2020 doi:10.31219/

Vergara-Merino L, Verdejo C, Carrasco C, Vargas-Peirano M. Living systematic review: new inputs and challenges. Medwave. 2020 Dec 23;20(11):e8092. Spanish, English. doi: 10.5867/medwave.2020.11.8092. PMID: 33382391

Vergara-Merino, L., Pérez-Bracchiglione, J., Meza, N., Couve, C., Carrasco, C., Ortiz-Muñoz, L. E., & Rada, G. (2020, July 30). Prognosis of COVID-19 in pregnancy: Protocol for an overview of systematic reviews.