Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute

Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute ITDI at Ohio University seeks to improve the health status of underserved populations through sustainable and comprehensive research, service, and educatio

The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute was founded in 1987 by a group of visionary scientists that wanted to pull in their combined expertise and resources towards the improvement of the life of the people in disease endemic areas. Training of students: Since its initiation, ITDI 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: ITDI'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 ITDI: 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 ITDIs 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.

Protecting the health of people in Appalachia is fundamental! Researchers at Ohio University are interested in your opin...
08/27/2020
Understanding COVID in Central Appalachia

Protecting the health of people in Appalachia is fundamental! Researchers at Ohio University are interested in your opinions about COVID-19 from people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia . We invite you to participate!
The results will help us provide people in Appalachia accurate information for preventing COVID-19.
All information you provide will be completely anonymous and confidential.
To participate in a five-minute survey, click https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8GJ2mxtXSaD6KGh

A survey to help improve responses to COVID-19

The laboratory of Nathan Weyand, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Ohio University and member of the Infecti...
06/22/2020

The laboratory of Nathan Weyand, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Ohio University and member of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute, is dedicated to the study of Neisseria species, including bacteria that cause gonorrhea. A recent student-led publication investigated factors that influence how bacteria live in the throat asymptomatically. This type of research can inform the development of better treatment regimens effective against throat colonization by antibiotic resistant Neisseria species.

Congratulations to Eliza Thapa, graduate student in Biological Sciences, on the publication: https://aac.asm.org/content/early/2020/05/12/AAC.02232-19.

Ohio University microbiologist Dr. Ronan Carroll was awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health...
06/16/2020

Ohio University microbiologist Dr. Ronan Carroll was awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health this fall to study how scientists can combat Staphylococcus aureus infections. The funding builds upon discoveries made alongside his students in the laboratory.

“I try to get as many students as I can to work in the lab every semester, I think that it is one thing to learn about microbiology in a classroom and even in teaching labs, but when you actually sit yourself in a research lab it is different; it is not textbook learning anymore, you are learning practically, you are actually growing the bacteria, doing experiments, and seeing what those results are. So, I think that for many students, and even for me, there is an excitement on it, there’s a novelty to that. Students here are working on new experiments nobody else is working on.”

Many of the students in Carroll’s lab also have published or co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals.

#Meettheteam #BacterialPathogenesisInitiative Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute

Support international students affected by COVID-19
06/16/2020
Support international students affected by COVID-19

Support international students affected by COVID-19

In collaboration with members of the Athens, Ohio community and the international student task force, an International Student Emergency Relief Fund has been established.

Dr. Carroll’s research focuses on understanding how bacteria works in order to come up with new ways to combat infection...
06/09/2020

Dr. Carroll’s research focuses on understanding how bacteria works in order to come up with new ways to combat infections.

#Meettheteam #BacterialPathogenesisInitiative #ITDI

06/05/2020
BLACK LIVES MATTER | Ohio University

BLACK LIVES MATTER | Ohio University

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, BLACK LIVES MATTER. The college received a petition from our students today, urging us to make a stronger statement. Your message is powerful, and your feedback is appropriate. We agree with you, and we are taking action.

We are currently highlighting the work of Ohio University researchers affiliated with the Ohio University Infectious and...
06/04/2020

We are currently highlighting the work of Ohio University researchers affiliated with the Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute.

Dr. Ronan Carroll’s research focuses on understanding how bacteria works in order to come up with new ways to combat infections.

In his own words: “So, typically antibiotics kill the bacteria. But maybe there are ways that we can develop drugs that do not necessarily kill the bacteria but maybe prevent it from making a toxin, or prevent it from sensing where it is in the human body so it is not responding to cues properly, which allows our immune systems to clear it quicker. If you can somehow disrupt that process, you are also going to disrupt the ability of the bacteria to cause disease.”

#ITDI #BacterialPathogenesis #BacterialPathogenesisInitiative

Thank you to Patricia Mora, doctoral candidate of the Translational Biomedical Sciences program at Ohio University, for ...
05/29/2020

Thank you to Patricia Mora, doctoral candidate of the Translational Biomedical Sciences program at Ohio University, for her talk "A new clue for an old puzzle: growth hormone and Chagas Disease" at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America. Charlas virtuales CISeALCiseal - Centro de Investigación para la Salud en América Latina

Dr. Carroll, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, is a researcher at Ohio University and a member of the Ohio Uni...
05/26/2020

Dr. Carroll, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, is a researcher at Ohio University and a member of the Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute. He studies the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause a variety of infections throughout the body that are a growing health problem even amongst otherwise healthy individuals. The overall goal of his research is to look at the molecular mechanisms that the bacteria use to survive in the human body and cause diseases. In a world where bacteria are figuring out how to fight antibiotics, Dr. Carroll’s research is advancing scientific knowledge about bacterial infections.
#OhioUniversity #Meettheteam #BacterialPathogenesisInitiative #StaphylococcusAureus

05/10/2020
CDC

CDC

COVID-19 can spread quickly at community gatherings, including a family funeral and a birthday party. In this short video, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Isaac Ghinai explains how two gatherings in Chicago led to a cluster of cases and 3 deaths. https://bit.ly/MMWR_COVID19Families

05/09/2020
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Congratulations to the HCOM class of 2020!

Today, we’re celebrating – virtually – our class of 2020, whose medical school careers ended differently than anyone had anticipated. These new physicians received their DO degrees on April 18 – three weeks earlier than originally planned – to give them the possibility of putting their talents to work sooner in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re incredibly proud of each and every one of these new doctors, who we know will make a difference in their communities by providing much-needed care for patients who need it most. To the class of 2020, wherever your careers may take you, please know that we’re cheering you on from Athens, Cleveland and Dublin – and from our clinical partner locations around the state.

And now, we present to you the physicians of the class of 2020. Congratulations, Doctors! #CareLeadsHere #OUHCOMgrad2020

Colleagues at Ohio University Global Health Initiative developed a useful resource page to get updated and accurate info...
05/08/2020
COVID-19 Resources | Ohio University

Colleagues at Ohio University Global Health Initiative developed a useful resource page to get updated and accurate information on COVID-19.

We are happy to announce the official launching of the Network for the Control of Diseases transmitted by Vectors in Ven...
05/05/2020
Home | VeConVen research network

We are happy to announce the official launching of the Network for the Control of Diseases transmitted by Vectors in Venezuela under the leadership of Dr. Mario Grijalva.

VECONVEN is financed by the United Kingdom through the Global Challenge Research Fund and its objective is to create partnerships between Venezuelan and international researchers in order to enhance investigation and the control of vector transmitted diseases in Venezuela and the Andean Region.

https://www.vbdvenezuelanetwork.com/?fbclid=IwAR0irP2NjVnDeL9M1138kll_8gMR25XzBlnh22obVsx1tCWnAGXy-kTvhGY

VeConVen is a research network driven by discovering innovative approaches for vector-borne diseases surveillance and control in Venezuela and the surrounding region. The network is funded by the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which is dedicated to address the challenges fac...

ITDI is excited to partner with Ohio University Center for Campus & Community Engagement to support COVID-19 response in...
04/27/2020
Ohio University Center for Campus & Community Engagement

ITDI is excited to partner with Ohio University Center for Campus & Community Engagement to support COVID-19 response in the region. We are definitely all in this together.

We’re all in this together. As southeastern Ohio continues to feel the impact of coronavirus, we are so grateful for partners like Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute and their commitment to supporting our communities.

Thank you ITDI for bolstering pandemic response efforts in our region!

#AppalachianStrong #InThisTogetherOHIO #BobcatNeighborhood

https://www.ohio.edu/uc/infectious-and-tropical-disease-institute-pledges-5000-campus-and-community-engagement-covid-19

CISeAL is now Authorised by the Ecuadorian Government to perform molecular diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 .
04/19/2020

CISeAL is now Authorised by the Ecuadorian Government to perform molecular diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 .

➡️ #Quito | El laboratorio de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, se suma a los establecimientos privados que realizan las pruebas y toma de muestras de #Covid19.
Conoce más en 👉https://bit.ly/3cmgewW
#ProtegemosTuSalud✅

04/14/2020
CDC Global

Learn more about the neglected tropical disease #Chagas and follow our project, Healthy Homes for Healthy Living, that works to fight this disease in Ecuador.

Today is the first-ever World Chagas Disease Day. In the U.S., more than 300,000 people have the disease (most are undiagnosed) and more than 300 infected babies in the U.S. are born with the parasitic disease each year. Globally, approximately 7 million people are living with Chagas disease, and it causes about 10,000 deaths each year around the world.
https://bit.ly/2wHTokk

Celebrating the first ever World Chagas Disease Day!
04/14/2020

Celebrating the first ever World Chagas Disease Day!

CDC
04/08/2020

CDC

Plan meals and have your food delivered, if possible. If you must go to the store during the COVID-19 pandemic, avoid peak hours and try to send only one person to shop. More household tips: https://bit.ly/2Qj4ing

CDC
04/07/2020

CDC

Coronavirus face covering do's and don'ts:

DO:
✔️ Make sure you can breathe through it
✔️ Wear it whenever going out in public
✔️ Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
✔️ Wash after using

DON’T:
❌ Use if under two years old
❌ Use surgical masks or other PPE intended for healthcare workers
See some COVID-19 face covering questions and answers: https://bit.ly/34cFym6

CDC
04/07/2020

CDC

The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from a person before they have symptoms. Take action to slow the spread by wearing a cloth face covering in public spaces, keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance, and frequently washing your hands.
A cloth face covering can be made from items around your home, such as a scarf or cloth napkin. Make sure the covering reaches above your nose and below your chin.
Have questions? See: https://bit.ly/34cFym6

"The Importance of Diagnostic Testing during a Viral Pandemic: Early Lessons from Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)"N...
04/02/2020

"The Importance of Diagnostic Testing during a Viral Pandemic: Early Lessons from Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)"

New research from the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

"Moving forward, as we work to control the COVID-19 pandemic and as we plan for future pandemics, a key lesson is that
early availability of diagnostic testing is of great value for patient management and public health. Thus, the development,
validation, scale-up in manufacture, and distribution of diagnostic tests should be of highest priority in early preparation
during an emerging infectious disease outbreak."

Link to the article: http://ow.ly/Ao9s50z3o44

03/30/2020
City of Athens, Ohio - News and Information

City of Athens, Ohio - News and Information

PSA- 1st Confirmed COVID-19 Death in Athens County. An important COVID-19 message from your Athens County Health Commissioner. Follow the Athens City - County Health Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you Dr. Erin Murphy for advancing knowledge despite social distancing! Dr. Murphy presented a talk to colleagues a...
03/26/2020

Thank you Dr. Erin Murphy for advancing knowledge despite social distancing! Dr. Murphy presented a talk to colleagues at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador on “RNA Thermometers in Pathogenic Bacteria; translational regulation in response to temperature”. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador Sede Ambato Ciseal - Centro de Investigación para la Salud en América Latina

World Health Organization (WHO)
03/19/2020

World Health Organization (WHO)

Q: Could ibuprofen worsen disease for people with COVID-19?

A: Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of of ibuprofen.
WHO is aware of concerns on the use of ibuprofen for the treatment of fever for people with COVID-19. We are consulting with physicians treating the patients and are not aware of reports of any negative effects, beyond the usual ones that limit its use in certain populations.

Coronavirus: Research, Commentary, and News
03/16/2020
Coronavirus: Research, Commentary, and News

Coronavirus: Research, Commentary, and News

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Coronavirus...

Congratulations to ITDI-affiliated faculty member Ronan Carroll on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.  Dr...
03/03/2020

Congratulations to ITDI-affiliated faculty member Ronan Carroll on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Carroll, who is based in the Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio University, is doing research focused on the understanding of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Learn more about this work at: https://tinyurl.com/r98cjkv

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Thank you Ohio University for sharing a wonderful program to the students from #PUCE_Ecuador. We look forward to having you again!
"La Administración de Drogas y Alimentos de los Estados Unidos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) ha concedido una aprobación acelerada al benznidazol (Chemo Research, SL) para el tratamiento de niños de 2 a 12 años con enfermedad de Chagas, convirtiéndose en el primer tratamiento aprobado en los Estados Unidos para esta enfermedad" #Chagas #EnfermedadesInfecciosasyTropicales #Salud #Global #Investigación #EnfrentandoLasComplejidades #CISeAL MedscapeOhio UniversityOhio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute Ohio University Global Health InitiativePUCE_Ecuador