Infectious AND Tropical Disease Institute

Education Abroad

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The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute sponsors learning experiences in Ecuador that help students learn more about themselves while learning about the world. Student travel funding is available through several Ohio University offices.

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In Their Own Words

During their study-abroad experience in Ecuador, students discover the difference they can make in one area of the world: "One person at a time. It really does make a difference."

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Global Health Initiative 

Ohio University's Global Health Initiative offers programs that promote an understanding of global health issues and increase multicultural awareness among faculty, staff and students both in the United States and abroad.

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Research Center in Ecuador

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Foundation for Discovery

What began in 2000 as a small laboratory and community-based research project in Ecuador to mitigate Chagas disease has now transformed to include a state-of-the-art research center. The Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) is primed to make a difference around the world, tackling life-threatening infectious and chronic diseases and seeking new discoveries and innovation.

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Healthy Living Initiative

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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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Our Supporters, Sponsors and Partners

Teaming Up for Good

The mission of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institutute  is supported by external research grants from many institutions and individuals that include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), European Commission (FP7), Tropical Disease Research and Training Programme, World Health Organization (TDR/WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Institute for Research and Development (IRD France), the Ecuadorian Government, Children's Heartlink, PLAN Internacional Ecuador, among others. 

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Our efforts are also supported by the generous contributions of individuals via tax deductible donations to the Ohio Univesity  Foundation.

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July 6, 2016
October 29, 2014
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has received a $407,558 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the geographic transmission patterns of the parasite that causes Chagas, a potentially fatal disease infecting about 11 million people in Mexico, Central America and South America. Read More
April 4, 2014
When Mario Grijalva left his native Ecuador for graduate studies in the US, he had never heard of a disease called Chagas. Neither had most of the rural populations who lived with and died of the disease, the physicians who mistook its symptoms for cardiac problems, nor politicians. Grijalva, who had returned to study Chagas, had his work cut out for him. Read More
June 3, 2013
A team from Ohio University led by Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and director of Tropical Disease Institute at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, are posting their “Reports from the Field” about the progress on their Healthy Living Project, a long-term initiative that aims to support the socioeconomic development of rural communities affected by Chagas disease in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador. Read More