Infectious AND Tropical Disease Institute

About Us

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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.

Cariamanga Lab - Tropical Disease Research Tropical Disease Research

Bacterial pathogenesis lab Bacterial Pathogenesis Initiative

Reproductive and sexual health initiative Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative

Educational opportunities Educational Opportunities

OHIO students contribute to the construction of an anti-Chagas home in Southern Ecuador.

Service Activities

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Research Capacity Building in Ecuador


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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July 10, 2019
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. Read More
June 19, 2019
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. Read More
March 8, 2019
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. Read More
March 28, 2018
The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a Research, Exploration and Discovery Day and Open House on Wednesday, April 4, to give the OHIO community a chance to learn more about work being done by researchers at the medical school, as well as opportunities for collaboration. Read More