Infectious AND Tropical Disease Institute

About Us

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Our Mission:     The Infectious and 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.

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Our Scope

Under the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute's umbrella are three main areas of research: Tropical Disease, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Bacterial Pathogenesis. Our activities include not only research but also service and educational opportunities. We have a special partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador that includes research capacity building in that country as well as maintaining research infrastructure.

Cariamanga Lab - Tropical Disease Research Tropical Disease Research

Bacterial pathogenesis lab Bacterial Pathogenesis Initiative

Reproductive and sexual health initiative Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative

Educational opportunities Educational Opportunities

OHIO students contribute to the construction of an anti-Chagas home in Southern Ecuador.

Service Activities

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Research Capacity Building in Ecuador


Healthy Living Initiative

Healthy Living family

Helping Rural Communities

The Healthy Living Initative 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.

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July 10, 2019
In recently published research into the regulatory mechanisms of a disease bacterium often found in the human body, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Associate Professor of Bacteriology Erin Murphy, Ph.D., and her team didn’t find what they went looking for. What they did find, however, opens more research pathways, suggesting science has more to learn about the tools different bacterial pathogens use to adapt to changes in their environment. Read More
June 17, 2019
The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute ( ITDI ) at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is most widely known for its work combating the spread of insect-borne diseases such as Chagas in Latin America. But a new project launched by the institute in its home territory of southeastern Ohio aims to head off a possible outbreak of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C (HCV) – infections spread mainly through intravenous drug use. Read More
March 8, 2019
As scientists around the world call for a regional campaign to avert a public health disaster in Venezuela and neighboring countries, a partnership between the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador is proving invaluable to their efforts. Read More
February 11, 2019
Grant funding from Ohio University is allowing Mario Grijalva, a faculty member at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Scripps College of Communication professors Benjamin Bates and Eric Williams, to work across national borders with students and researchers from various disciplines to expand and improve a program aimed at preventing the spread of Chagas disease. Read More