ecuador TROPICAL DISEASE research and service learning program

Ecuador Tropical Disease Research and Service Learning Program

Summer 2019:

Program Dates: June 19th - July 7th 

Optional Research Training Workshop: June 15th-19th

Primary Care Program
 
Key Information:

Dates:  June 19 - July 7 (Arrive June 15 to participate in optional workshop)

Eligibility:  Students from institutions of higher education (undergraduate, graduate, medical, non-degree), professionals and community members interested in international research related to health, development and community education; individuals interested in service learning; individuals interested in improving their Spanish skills; individuals interested in learning in a cross-cultural environment.

Deadline:   Extended to March 1

Apply Now!

       (Non-OU students should e-mail Megan Massey at masseym1@ohio.edu for instructions on steps for enrollment.)

Contact:   

Dr. Mario Grijalva, 333 Irvine Hall,  grijalva@ohio.edu  , (740) 593 2192

Lori Lammert, 338 Irvine Hall, lammert@ohio.edu, lammert@ohio.edu, 740 593 2453

Program Summary

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18th Tropical Disease Research Program
Summer 2019

Since early 2000, teams of biologist, entomologists, health practitioners, architects and development specialists have conducted research on Chagas disease and its transmission cycles in several areas of Ecuador. Students with academic interests as diverse as microbiology to anthropology to Spanish language to communication studies have participated in this initiative.  The Tropical Disease Research and Service Learning program is a result of 18+ years of collaboration between the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) at Ohio University and the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL). Following their research principles, ITDI and CISeAL aim to reach underserved populations with state of the art training and technology to help control the transmission of Chagas disease and other infectious and chronic conditions affecting populations in Ecuador and Latin America. 

Program Dates

Option 1Community based – Tropical Disease ResearchJune 19 th  to July 7 th , 2019

Option 2: Intercultural Communication Experience – June 19 th to July 7 th , 2019

Option 3: Multimedia Field Production – June 19 th  to July  7 th , 2019

Extension 1: International Research Training Workshop- June 15 th -June 19 th , 2019

Extension 2: Laboratory Research- Variable dates, minimum two weeks (in addition to or separate from the above)

Detailed Description of the Program Components
Option 1: Community Based-Tropical Disease Research

Location: Quito and Loja Province

ITDI is combining scientific research and local knowledge to build living environments that deter Chagas, a preventable yet neglected infectious disease that has infected more than 7 million people worldwide.

Our ongoing projects work to:

- improve infrastructure

- promote healthy living practices, and

- increase income generation.

Specific projects vary based on the needs of the community and availability of resources, but the following are examples of the type of work that will be conducted:

  • Entomological searches.
  • Housing questionnaires and infrastructure assessments.
  • Parasitological research.
  • Mosquito-Borne and Chagas disease knowledge evaluation (Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, Malaria).
  • Home-based health promotion.
  • Participation in the construction of houses that prevent bug infestation (“anti-chagas” houses).
  • Community education in elementary schools, as well as to groups of adults
  • Environmental assessments.
  • Work in Productive Gardens.
  • Service Projects.

Students will participate in both research and service activities. All participants will participate in regular group reflections while contributing to the creation of conditions that prevent and control Chagas disease and promote healthy living.

For more information on this component, students can e-mail Dr. Mario Grijalva, Director ITDI,  grijalva@ohio.edu.        

Option 2: Intercultural Communication Experience

While participating in the above described research and service-learning activities, students will enroll in COMS 1100, a tier-2 course that explores the relationship between culture and communication. Students in this course will understand that culture includes not only issues of nationality, ethnicity, and race, but also gender, socioeconomic status, age, etc. Using a number of co-cultural, cross-cultural, and intercultural examples, students will explore how communication is a key component of bridging cultural differences.

This program will allow communication students to gain unparalleled experiences by being embedded in interdisciplinary teams as they engage in various types of research and service-oriented work. A special section of COMS 4800, a Tier 3 class, is available for students who have already completed COMS 1100.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Benjamin Bates,  batesb@ohio.edu,  Professor, Scripps College of Communication

Option 3: Multimedia Field Production and Social Media Campaigns

Communication students interested in production will create non-fiction multi-media projects documenting the work being done to mitigate the effects of Chagas in Loja Province, Ecuador. Students will also participate in research and service learning as described above, but their primary responsibilities will focus on some or all of the following while in the field:

  • Multi-platform news reporting
  • Multi-platform documentary production
  • Written and photographic science communication
  • Implementing a social media campaign from the field

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Eric Wiliams, williae2@ohio.edu, Professor, Scripps College of Communication

Extension 1: International Research Training Workshop - June 15th - 19th

Participants may choose to arrive early to attend a three-day workshop at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) and one additional day of site seeing in Quito.

The International Research Training Workshop evolves from 15+  years of experience providing multidisciplinary training in research methodology to students from the USA, Europe and Latin America. The course takes place in the context of the efforts by the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute to combat Chagas disease in Ecuador. The course will provide participants with a solid background and skills to conduct interdisciplinary research in an international setting. This will be achieved through onsite lectures on applied research methodology and group exercises

This is a good opportunity for students of any discipline that want to pursue a research career that involves international sites, collaborations, human subject recruitment.

Extension 2: Laboratory Research at CISeAL- Customizable dates (Weekly Rate, Minimum 2 Weeks)

A limited number of participants can focus their participation in this summer program on laboratory work to be conducted at the Center for Research in Health in Latin America (CISeAL) to extend their stay in Quito. Participants will be able to process biological samples and data previously collected by researchers affiliated to CISeAL. Laboratory research includes but is not limited to:

  • Mosquito biology, physiology and control, led by Dr. Marco Neira;
  • Molecular biology toward Malaria elimination in Ecuador, led by Dr. Fabian Saenz;
  • Chagas disease biology, ecology risk factors, vector population dynamics and molecular biology, led by Drs. Sofia Ocana, Anita Villacis and Jaime Costales.
  • Clinical research and blood banks referral unit – led by Rosa Chiriboga, MA

Exact placements are subject to change.

For more information on this opportunity contact:

Lori Lammert, Director of Operations of ITDI, lammert@ohio.edu, 740 593 2453.

 

Costs

Undergraduate Student  (click to download)

Graduate Student   (click to download)

Medical Student   (click to download)

 *Lab component extension will cost extra. Please check back for details*

Course Information

The number of semester credits available will vary with length of participation and will match the Student's academic program needs.  A non-credit option is available for non-OHIO students.

Below is a selection of courses that students can enroll in (additional courses may be able to be arranged upon request):

Undergraduate Students-Minimum 5 hours

  • BIOS 4910 - Internship: International Research – 1-3
  • BIOS 4930  - Topics in Biological Sciences: Tropical Disease Research - 1-2
  • BIOS 4940  - Undergraduate Research - 1-2*
  • BIOS 4940  - Undergraduate Research - 1-2*
  • BIOS 4940  - Undergraduate Research - 1-2*
  • HLTH 4930  - Independent Studies – 4
  • COMS 1100 – Communication Among Cultures (Tier 2 course) – 3
  • COMS 4800 –Capstone Seminar in Communication  (Tier 3 course)- 3
  • COMS 4900 – Special Topics in Comm Studies – 3
  • JOUR 4900 – Special Topics in Journalism – 3
  • MDIA 4900 – Special Topics in Media Arts and Studies – 3
  • T3 4103c – Undergraduate Service Learning in Ecuador (Tier 3 course)- 5

*multiple sections may be taken to reach the minimum of 5 credit hours

Graduate Students-Minimum 9 Credits

  • BIOS 6820  - Advanced Topics: International Health - 1-4*
  • BIOS 6950  - Masters Research & Thesis - 1-15
  • BIOS 8950  - Doctoral Dissertation - 1-15
  • INST 6930  - Independent Study: Development, Communications, & LA Culture - 1-5
  • INST 6930  - Independent Study - 4
  • INST 6940  - Practicum in Community Outreach: Health Issues in Ecuador - 2

*multiple sections may be taken to reach the minimum number of credit hours

Non credit available for students not attending Ohio University. 

 

How to Apply 

 

OHIO University Students:  Complete the  GOIS On-line Program Application

Year 3 & 4 Heritage College medical students  applying for faculty directed programs must also obtain and send a letter from your Clinical Education office confirming that you have permission to include the program in your schedule and that you are in good academic standing.

Academic and Judicial Checks:  an academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted after application and prior to departure. Students who will be on judicial probation at the dates of the experience will not be eligible to apply (check policy with the Office of Global Opportunities).

Non-OHIO students:  Non Ohio Students can e-mail Global Health Coordinator Megan Massey for help with the enrollment process.

Under graduates: Follow this link to enroll as non degree student before you apply to the Tropical Disease Research Program

Graduate students: Follow  this link to enroll as non degree student before you apply to the Tropical Disease Research Program

*Once students have been notified of their nomination into the program, students will have two weeks to accept or decline their nomination through the GOIS system. 

*A non refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance into the program. The deposit will be applied to the program costs and deducted from the participant’s bill.

Post Nomination Checklist:  Please refer to the  Global Health Program Checklist  for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.

Useful Information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Continuously updated, questions submitted about the program will be posted here 

FUNDING SOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Listing of internal and external funding sources for participation in ITDI sponsored programs.

WHAT TO BRING
A list of suggested supplies, clothing and other items.

TRAVELERS HEALTH INFORMATION
Vaccinations required, anti-malaria prophylaxis, etc.

LOGISTICS AND SAFETY
TDI programs have an excellent safety record. See details about the logistical arrangements, email access, etc.

GUIDELINES FOR ETHICAL PRACTICE
The OHIO-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has adopted the AAMC’s “Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad”.

Other resources

ECUADOR LINKS
Information about Ecuador: News and Media, Tourism, Cities, Culture, etc.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE LINKS
Information about protozoan, bacterial, Viral diseases and relevant organizations