Institute for Global Health & Translational Sciences (IGHATS) at SUNY UMU has been supporting a vibrant research program on emerging infectious diseases and public health interventions in the city of Machala in southern coastal Ecuador since 2012, in partnership with Ecuadorian and U.S. universities and the Ministry of Health. This has been expanded to include collaborations in Argentina, Costa Rica, Dominica, Barbados, Grenada, and Bolivia.
The Ecuador research platform includes a full time staff, diagnostic laboratory and clinical research unit (CRU) in the central hospital, an entomology laboratory at the Technical University of Machala, and administrative offices across both sites.
Ongoing research spans infectious disease surveillance, epidemiology, virology and immunology, clinical research, entomology, spatial modeling, mental health, health economics, and disease ecology:
Training and mentorship
We work with students and trainees, from undergraduate through post doctoral researchers, who are interested in conducting research with our team in Ecuador.
Through an eight-week summer training program, students engage in global health research, resulting in collaborative scientific publications and international conference presentations.
We also conduct international training workshops on a range of topics related to global health.
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