Center for International Health

Center for International Health

The Center for International Health was established in 1978 by Richard Guerrant M.D as one of the four original Rockefeller Foundation supported programs. The Center is an integral part of the Infectious Diseases Program, with a focus on emerging enteric and protozoan infections, with both laboratory and field components of the research. Dr. Guerrant is the Principal Investigator for two major program projects in the Center: the NIH International Collaborations for Infectious Diseases Research (ICIDR) program project grant "Recognition and Expression of Tropical Infectious Diseases" and the NIH Tropical Medicine Research Centers (TMRC) "Pathogenesis and Therapy of Tropical Diseases".

The faculty of the Center (including preceptors R. Guerrant, E. Houpt, B. Mann and W. Petri) also teach trainees in a growing Travelers' Clinic, conduct international electives for students, and have developed major international collaborations with the sister institutions the Federal University of Ceara in the northeast of Brazil and the University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana. The Center is the home for the "International Training in Emerging Infectious Diseases" NIH Training Grant which is exclusively for the training of foreign nationals.