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

Healthy Living family

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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News

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
February 11, 2019
 
Grant funding from Ohio University is allowing Mario Grijalva, a faculty member at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Scripps College of Communication professors Benjamin Bates and Eric Williams, to work across national borders with students and researchers from various disciplines to expand and improve a program aimed at preventing the spread of Chagas disease. Read More
July 1, 2018
 
A recent publication from researchers at the Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) and the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL by its acronym in Spanish) concludes that including youth in participatory research can inform health intervention programs. The study, “Youth participatory research and evaluation to inform a Chagas disease prevention program in Ecuador,” [1] published in the Evaluation and Program Planning International Journal, also mentions that youth can gain agency and empowerment through their participation in development programs. Read More
January 18, 2018
 
The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) has a strong track record in research aimed at understanding and preventing the spread of particular tropical diseases such as Chagas. But ITDI has recently created a new research group, with a broader focus – to gain a better understanding of how disease-causing bacteria of different kinds survive inside their human hosts. Read More