"Improving the health status of underserved populations through sustainable and comprehensive research, service and educational initiatives related to infectious diseases."


ITDI News:

NIH funds Heritage College study examining Chagas disease transmission routes. Read more.

Check out our three 2016 summer programs: including the long standing Tropical Disease Research and the  Community and Public Health and Primary Care Clinical Program. These are amazing opportunities to learn about yourself while learning about the world.

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Center for Infectious Disease Research in Ecuador The Healthy Living Initiative Supporters of ITDI's Efforts

Public Health, Research and International Development Programs:

Community and Public Health in Ecuador

Dates: May 13 –  28, 2016*
Deadline: February 2, 2016

Tropical Disease Research Program in Ecuador.

Dates: June 1 to July 11* (Programs vary from 2 to 6 weeks in length)Deadline: February 23, 2016*

Primary Care Clinical Program

Dates: June 18 - July 2, 2016*
Deadline: TBD

*dates for 2016 are tentative and subject to change


The CIDR is a cooperative project between Catholic University of Ecuador and Ohio University.

CIRD conducts intramural research training of undergraduate and graduate students, In addition, we offer periodic training courses to researchers, staff and students from other institutions in the Andean region, USA and Europe.

Our current facilities include biohazard level I and II laboratories, a fully functional insectary and a small animal facility.

Construction of a new building near Quito is in progress.


The “Healthy Living” project 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.

ITDI mission 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.

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

Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Irvine Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701
740-593-2530 740-597-2778 fax

Last updated: 03/21/2016

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