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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
November 20, 2017
 
Researchers at Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) and the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) recently published a study that illustrates the high risk for infection with Chagas disease of nearly 570 thousand people living in Manabí province. Read More
June 12, 2017
 
A newly published study by researchers from Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador at Quito (PUCE), is a step forward in the battle against chronic diseases in Ecuador. Read More
May 30, 2017
 
Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., director of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) at Ohio University, shared the story of how a long-standing partnership between Ohio University and Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) paved the way for a new research facility in Ecuador, when he spoke at a national conference that took place in San Diego April 27-28. Read More
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
April 1, 2013
 
The Tropical Disease Institute (TDI) at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and local Rotary International clubs are joining forces to assist an Ecuadorian village build and sustain a new drinking water system. Read More
March 16, 2011
 
The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-COM) Tropical Disease Institute (TDI) and its partner, the Center for Infectious Disease Research at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Catholic University of Ecuador) in Quito, Ecuador, will join forces to host the first National Meeting on Research into Chagas Disease on March 18. Read More
December 16, 2010
 
A discovery by a team of researchers from Ecuador, the United Kingdom and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) could prove key to creating control programs for a parasite that causes a life-threatening disease in humans. Read More
July 23, 2008
 
A five-year, $750,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will significantly expand research efforts by the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) into the transmission, diagnosis and treatment of Chagas disease in Ecuador. Read More
November 14, 2004
 
Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., is making the world a better place. Grijalva, an immunology professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was part of an elite group of scientists recently called to Geneva, Switzerland, to develop a set of global guidelines for blood safety. Grijalva was invited to the World Health Organization Consultation on Development of Guidelines for Blood Transfusion Safety on Donation Testing for Transfusion-transmissible Infections, which took place Oct. 4–6. Read More
October 24, 2004
 
Caridad Martinez would like to study medicine abroad by taking advantage of OU-COM’s international programs. “I think they give you the opportunity to learn and get involved in research,” she says. The first-year medical student had the opportunity to learn about these programs at the International Programs Fair held Monday, Oct. 24. Read More