Global Infectious Diseases Institute
The UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute will catalyze transdisciplinary research on the most notorious and urgent infectious diseases worldwide, including outbreaks of pandemic potential, antimicrobial resistance, and enteric diseases in children.
Viruses like Ebola, Zika, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV continually emerge, leaving death and disability in their wake. Gastrointestinal pathogens frequently contaminate food and water supplies, leading to loss of human and animal lives and threatening global food security. The evolution of superbugs with resistance to many antibiotics means that any minor injury or surgical procedure could be deadly. A novel and untreatable infection is only a flight away from anywhere in the world, linking infectious diseases to broader issues of policy, law, national security, and human rights. The study of global infectious diseases requires transdisciplinary efforts from scientists, policymakers, clinician investigators, social scientists, engineers, caregivers, legal scholars, and business experts, along with corporate partners, international collaborators, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute will nucleate new transdisciplinary scholarly activity in global infectious diseases across Grounds, optimally position UVA to partner with public and private entities for new high-impact, transformative, extramurally funded research, educate and train the next generation of researchers, clinical investigators, entrepreneurs, educators, and policy makers, and solidify and expand UVA’s global footprint through international partnerships and collaborations. Activities we will support include collaborative seed grants, proposal planning grants, international scholar exchange grants, targeted group activities on areas of urgent need, and mixers, lectures, and symposia open to all.
The UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute will target those infectious threats that have the most impact worldwide, due to their prevalence, their effects on human, animal, and plant health, and their capacity to disrupt the very fabric of society. The Institute will leverage our members’ expertise and vibrant international collaborations to maximize the impact of the proposed research. We will implement best practices for connecting expertise and methodologies from different disciplines to establish a unique worldwide impact and reputation in research and scholarship in global infectious diseases.
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