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

 ABOUT TDI

OUR MISSION

"The 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."
 

TDI Guiding Principles

The Institute promotes multi-national and multi-disciplinary collaborations forged among researchers, health-care professionals, public health leaders and educators in the pursuit of comprehensive strategies to eliminate or minimize the effects of infectious diseases on populations.

 
The Institute is committed to the development of sustainable, locally-based programs with active participation of the people in the communities, that apply state of the art technology to prevent or minimize the effects of infectious diseases.

 

About TDI

 

The Tropical Disease Institute was founded in 1987 by a group of visionary scientists that wanted to pull in their combine expertise and resources towards the improvement of the life of the people in disease endemic areas.

 

Training of students: Since its initiation, TDI faculty have provided training to students from the USA and developing countries at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Institute's education abroad programs were initiated in 1995. Ever since then, more than 180 students from more than 20 universities in the USA, Europe, New Zealand and other countries have participated in the workshops and research training programs carried out in Ecuador.

 

Research projects: TDI's research projects have included immunoparasitological studies in experimental mouse models of Chagas disease, vectorial competence of mosquitoes to transmit Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis and Rift Valley Fever virus, safety of the blood supply, Chagas disease epidemiology in Ecuador and in the USA, among others.

 

The contributions of TDI:  Faculty and students have been instrumental in the initiation of a Chagas disease control and T. cruzi blood screening programs in Ecuador. The blood bank initiative has lead to a major improvement of the safety of the blood supply in Ecuador. These endeavors have had a major impact on the lives of the Ecuadorian people.

 

Our partnerships: Ecuador has been the focus of TDIs international activities. A close network of collaborators has been established with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the country. A cooperation agreement with Catholic University of Ecuador, one of the most prestigious universities in Ecuador, has allowed for the creation of tangible research infrastructure in the country and the implementation of ambitious and successful research, service and education programs.

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

Last updated: 04/03/2012

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