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Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute

About Us

Our Mission: The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute at Ohio University seeks to improve the health status of underserved populations through sustainable and comprehensive research, service and educational initiatives related to infectious diseases.

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Our Scope

Under the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute's umbrella are three main areas of research: Tropical Disease, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Bacterial Pathogenesis. Our activities include not only research but also service and educational opportunities. We have a special partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador that includes research capacity building in that country as well as maintaining research infrastructure.

Healthy Living Initiative



Helping Rural Communities

The Healthy Living Initative is a long-term initiative that aims to support socioeconomic development of rural communities as the main tool for the control of Chagas disease in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador. With a holistic approach, this public health strategy looks to prevent the transmission of Chagas and other diseases “associated with poverty” by facilitating participatory processes of human development that are sustainable and sustained by the people involved.

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OHIO-Ecuador connection helps combat COVID-19

A longtime collaboration between Ohio University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) is helping step up the rate of testing for COVID-19 infections in the Latin American country. Assisting is the Center for Research in Health in Latin America (CISeAL), a joint venture between Ohio University and PUCE.

Heritage College research team finds new adaptive trick used by Staphylococcus bacteria

A recently published study by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Associate Professor of Bacteriology Erin Murphy, Ph.D., and her team opened research pathways suggesting science has more to learn about the tools that bacterial pathogens use to adapt to changes in their environment.

Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute launches local disease-prevention project

A new project launched in southeast Ohio by the Heritage College's Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute aims to head off a possible outbreak of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C (HCV) – infections spread mainly through intravenous drug use.

Heritage College researcher leverages Ecuadorian partnership to assist efforts to protect vulnerable populations in Venezuela

As scientists around the world call for a regional campaign to avert a public health disaster in Venezuela and neighboring countries, a partnership between the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador is proving invaluable to their efforts.