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.

Carmen Lidia Sarango, Nathaly Silvana Vásquez, Jenny Carmita Correa and Eloisa Marilu Rivas – a group of women in the co...
03/25/2021

Carmen Lidia Sarango, Nathaly Silvana Vásquez, Jenny Carmita Correa and Eloisa Marilu Rivas – a group of women in the community of Chaquizcha – recently formed an entrepreneurial group to sell their homemade sauces and dressings.

To make the sauces and dressings – one of which is a garlic sauce – they use their own recipes and even use some produce from their gardens in the ingredients! 🌱

#vivirsaludable #healthyliving #ecuador #localisbest

Join now! 📍 Dr. Mario Grijalva shares his experience with the Healthy Living Initiative: "Understanding the whole pictur...
03/24/2021
Vector Borne Disease Control in COVID-19 times day 3

Join now! 📍 Dr. Mario Grijalva shares his experience with the Healthy Living Initiative: "Understanding the whole picture: multidisciplinary approach to research and interventions"

Healthy Homes for Healthy Living

#symposium ⎮"Vector Borne Disease Control in COVID-19 times"
👉Day 3 of our Network meeting.

ITDI alumnus Leonardo Carrizo – now a multimedia journalism lecturer at The Ohio State University – has been working on ...
03/16/2021
Artist's Talk on Dancing with Devils: Latin American Mask Traditions (Virtual Event)

ITDI alumnus Leonardo Carrizo – now a multimedia journalism lecturer at The Ohio State University – has been working on an exhibit titled "Dancing with Devils: Latin American Mask Traditions." The project is now being presented as an online exhibition and we're excited to share the details! ⬇️

🗣️ Join a virtual session on the project and hear from Leonardo and other artists involved by registering at: http://ow.ly/lrIR50E0fdH

💡 In the meantime, head to https://library.osu.edu/site/dancingwithdevils/about/ to learn more about this fascinating project!

Library locations are operating on modified schedules. Please visit library locations and hours page for more information.

Don't miss ITDI affiliated faculty member Dr. Winfried Just present at the Ohio University Department of Mathematics col...
03/12/2021
Mathematics Colloquium | What Is Behavioral Epidemiology and What Does Math Have to Do with It? March 17 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Don't miss ITDI affiliated faculty member Dr. Winfried Just present at the Ohio University Department of Mathematics colloquium!

➡ March 17th at 4 p.m. EST

➡ Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97235712165?pwd=OHFSL2lXVnVUWU9pdUxRQlhkRG1oUT09
Meeting ID: 972 3571 2165
Passcode: 8nuxSQ

The Mathematics Colloquium series presents Dr. Winfried Just discussing “What is behavioral epidemiology and what does math have to do with it?” on March 17 at 4 p.m. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97235712165?pwd=OHFSL2lXVnVUWU9pdUxRQlhkRG1oUT09 Meeting ID: 972 3571 2165 Passcode: 8nuxSQ Just is ...

🔬 ITDI is comprised of multiple research initiatives, one of which is the Bacterial Pathogenesis Initiative!  👥 Comprise...
03/10/2021

🔬 ITDI is comprised of multiple research initiatives, one of which is the Bacterial Pathogenesis Initiative!

👥 Comprised of a group of researchers investigating various aspects of bacterial pathogenesis, the Bacterial Pathogenesis Initiative’s mission is to foster research in the broad field of bacterial pathogenesis, promote collaboration within Ohio University and beyond, and train undergraduate and graduate medical students.

#careleadshere #OHIO

Join us today in the global celebration and recognition of #internationalwomensday!#generationequality #IWD2021
03/08/2021

Join us today in the global celebration and recognition of #internationalwomensday!

#generationequality #IWD2021

Join us today in recognizing #InternationalWomensDay!

We are committed to creating a better and brighter future for women and girls and being a part of #generationequality

#IWD2021 #womeninleadership

A new study initiated by ITDI and conducted by Ohio University faculty on barriers to COVID-19 vaccination has just been...
02/24/2021

A new study initiated by ITDI and conducted by Ohio University faculty on barriers to COVID-19 vaccination has just been published.

“Our objective is to inform decision makers in the state of Ohio by providing rigorously collected data,” said OHIO professor Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., director of ITDI at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Read the full study ➡️ https://www.ohio.edu/news/2021/02/ohio-study-demonstrates-barriers-covid-19-vaccination

#CareLeadsHere

Healthy Homes for Healthy Living
02/22/2021

Healthy Homes for Healthy Living

During her time at Ohio University, Cristina Valderrama worked at the Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute, creating marketing materials and a social media strategy.

Cristina says that her time at ITDI allowed her to gain experience in community and participatory work, which she now uses in her current role with MEDLIFE in Lima, Peru!

#healthyliving #vivirsaludable #careleadshere

TOMORROW! Our very own Dr. Mario Grijalva will be speaking to the CIS Spring 2021 Research Colloquium about the evolutio...
02/15/2021

TOMORROW!

Our very own Dr. Mario Grijalva will be speaking to the CIS Spring 2021 Research Colloquium about the evolution of the Healthy Living Initiative – you don't want to miss this!

Tuesday, February 16 at 3pm EST
(See below for link to the Microsoft Teams meeting)

To start of the Spring Research Colloquium, the Center will be hosting Dr. Mario Grijalva on Tuesday February 16th at 3pm, to discuss the evolution of the Healthy Living Initiative in Grijalva’s native land of Ecuador. Use the link in below to join the conversation.

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ODU1OWUwMTItMzZmOS00MzFkLWJkOGUtNDRmMTNiNDg2NmY3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22f3308007-477c-4a70-8889-34611817c55a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22b32a55c0-1d4f-4dd6-8041-05f385be744a%22%7d

02/11/2021
Healthy Homes for Healthy Living

Happy #WomenInScience Day! 🧬🔬

Happy #WomenInScienceDay 🔬

Today we celebrate and recognize the research and contributions of #WomenInScience! 👩🏽‍🔬🧑🏼‍🔬👩🏻‍🔬

#MujeresEnCiencias

01/25/2021
Ohio University Research Committee announces fall 2020 funding recipients

ITDI affiliated faculty member Dr. Ronan Carroll's research proposal, "The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend? Investigating the Inhibition of Staphylococcus Aureus Toxin Activity by Pseudomonas Aeruginos," was recently selected by the Ohio University Research Committee.

Congratulations to Dr. Carroll on receiving funding for this important biological research!

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2021/01/ohio-university-research-committee-announces-fall-2020-funding-recipients?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=fac-staff-list&utm_campaign=oen_12521_UCM

The Ohio University Research Committee has selected five proposals for funding during its fall 2020 cycle. In total, the committee awarded $39,438.

Ciseal - Centro de Investigación para la Salud en América Latina
01/20/2021

Ciseal - Centro de Investigación para la Salud en América Latina

#Wearehiring ⎮ Ohio University is looking to hire 5️⃣ new tenure track research-intensive faculty with research interests in:

📍Population health.
📍Health disparities
📍Public health
📍Epidemiology.

🔎🔎🔎This is a great opportunity for individuals with interest in infectious diseases, tropical diseases, global health, and well as ageing and metabolic diseases.

👉For more information: https://cisealpuce.edu.ec/nosotros/trabajo.html

#Wearehiring ⎮ Ohio University is looking to hire 5️⃣ new tenure track research-intensive faculty with research interest...
01/20/2021

#Wearehiring ⎮ Ohio University is looking to hire 5️⃣ new tenure track research-intensive faculty with research interests in:

📍Population health.
📍Health disparities
📍Public health
📍Epidemiology.

🔎🔎🔎This is a great opportunity for individuals with interest in infectious diseases, tropical diseases, global health, and well as ageing and metabolic diseases.

👉For more information: https://cisealpuce.edu.ec/nosotros/trabajo.html

The work and progress of ITDI's various initiatives is made possible thanks to our graduate assistants. Meet Adriana Cam...
01/06/2021

The work and progress of ITDI's various initiatives is made possible thanks to our graduate assistants.

Meet Adriana Camacho, one of our graduate assistants working on sustainable housing solutions for the Healthy Homes for Healthy Living Initiative!

Remember to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health!#CareLeadsHere #InThisTogetherOhio
12/30/2020

Remember to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health!

#CareLeadsHere #InThisTogetherOhio

ITDI wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!❄️✨#CareLeadsHere
12/23/2020

ITDI wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!❄️✨

#CareLeadsHere

Surprise! 🎁🎉We are delighted to share with you that the Vazquez-Rivas' anti-Chagas home is finished! Our team wishes Jai...
12/18/2020

Surprise! 🎁🎉

We are delighted to share with you that the Vazquez-Rivas' anti-Chagas home is finished! Our team wishes Jaime, Marilu, and their kids many happy and healthy years ahead in their home. 🏠

As we enter the holiday season, it's important to review the DO's and DON'Ts of mask wearing! #MaskUpOhio #CareLeadsHere
12/14/2020

As we enter the holiday season, it's important to review the DO's and DON'Ts of mask wearing!

#MaskUpOhio #CareLeadsHere

Thank you to our graduate assistants for all of their contributions to our team. This week, meet GA Katie Gardner!
12/09/2020

Thank you to our graduate assistants for all of their contributions to our team.

This week, meet GA Katie Gardner!

12/07/2020
europepmc.org

Researchers and practitioners from Ciseal - Centro de Investigación para la Salud en América Latina at PUCE_Ecuador and ITDI at Ohio University recently published an article on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices towards COVID-19 among Ecuadorians.

Join us in recognizing their contributions to this important work!

The publication can be found at: https://europepmc.org/backend/ptpmcrender.fcgi?accid=PMC7483492&blobtype=pdf

#CareLeadsHere

What exactly does community spread look like? Check out this helpful resource to make sure you stay safe and social dist...
12/02/2020

What exactly does community spread look like? Check out this helpful resource to make sure you stay safe and social distance.

#careleadshere

Today, people all around the world are joining together in recognizing and celebrating #GivingTuesday.At a time when we ...
12/01/2020

Today, people all around the world are joining together in recognizing and celebrating #GivingTuesday.

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, our health is more important than ever. You can help make someone's life healthier and happier by giving to Healthy Homes for Healthy Living, an ITDI initiative partnering with communities in southern Ecuador to achieve long term control and prevention of Chagas disease though the construction of safe, secure homes.

To give, visit: https://secure3.convio.net/ohio/site/Donation2?2321.donation=form1&df_id=2321&mfc_pref=T

We are grateful for the many ways in which our graduate assistants contribute to the work of ITDI and collaborate with o...
11/25/2020

We are grateful for the many ways in which our graduate assistants contribute to the work of ITDI and collaborate with our partner communities in Ecuador.

One of our outstanding GAs is Ana Carolina León!

11/23/2020

ITDI director Dr. Mario Grijalva and affiliate faculty member Dr. Ben Bates collaborated with Dr. Adriana Villegas Botero of Universidad de Manizales in researching knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards COVID-19.

Read their new publication at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17538068.2020.1842843

"Although the population at risk of Chagas is high, there is good news! We know that there are direct links between one’...
11/18/2020
Healthy Homes for Healthy Living - Foundations of the Healthy Living Initiative

"Although the population at risk of Chagas is high, there is good news! We know that there are direct links between one’s living standards and environment and the risk level of contracting Chagas."

Read this latest story on the HLI blog at: https://www.h3living.org/partners/updates-form-the-field/317-foundations-of-the-healthy-living-initiative.html

Healthy Homes for Healthy Living (H3L) is a model for long term control and prevention of Chagas disease in three rural communities in Loja province. Improved homes change people’s living environments, and improved living environments help them live healthier lives.

11/16/2020
COVID-19: ITDI at the forefront | Ohio University

Want to learn more about ITDI's COVID-19 response?

Visit www.ohio.edu/medicine/itdi/covid19-itdi for updates and information.

#CareLeadsHere

CISeAL's Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in Ecuador has processed over 22,000 COVID-19 samples to date CISeAL, managed jointly by ITDI and Pontificia Unversidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), has played a key role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador.

We want to continue to express our gratitude for the work and support of our graduate assistants.This week, meet graduat...
11/11/2020

We want to continue to express our gratitude for the work and support of our graduate assistants.

This week, meet graduate assistant Elisa Levy!

Don't forget to mask up, Bobcats!#CareLeadsHere
11/09/2020

Don't forget to mask up, Bobcats!

#CareLeadsHere

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, don't forget the 3 W's: watch your distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands#Ca...
11/04/2020

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, don't forget the 3 W's: watch your distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands

#CareLeadsHere

Did you know that the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute is comprised of 29 affiliated faculty members? This grou...
11/02/2020

Did you know that the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute is comprised of 29 affiliated faculty members?

This group of professionals and researchers contribute to our mission of improving the health status of under-served populations through sustainable and comprehensive research, and service and educational initiatives related to infectious diseases.

10/26/2020
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Happening now!! Join us and learn about Ohio University’s Masters in Latin American Studies.

Charla Informativa "Beca - Programa de Estudios Latinoamericanos en Ohio University"

Convocatoria: https://bit.ly/37kdIYK_BecaPUCE_OHIO

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