The Global Infectious Diseases ResearchTraining Program (GIDRTP)
will focus on the training of basic, translational and clinical
scientists to combat infectious diseases.
The GIDRTP mentoring program will be led by the University at
Buffalo in collaboration with Upstate Medical University and the
University of the West Indies.
The program specific aims are:
- Implement a viral infectious diseases research training program
at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Kingston,
Jamaica that will create a pool of young scientists who will
address research questions related to emerging viral infections
such as Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue that confront the Caribbean
- Provide an integrated mentoring program that fosters innovative
thinking and novel research studies for trainees that will provide
insight into molecular and genomic techniques that have broad
application for epidemiology, diagnosis and therapeutics and
- Utilize a blend of short-term and long-term training periods
that build on a curriculum and experiential training that includes
a Virology Laboratory Training Core, a Clinical Pharmacology
Laboratory Training Core, and an Immunology Laboratory Training
Core while emphasizing responsible conduct of research, clinical
research methods in virology, epidemiology of viruses in the
Caribbean, developing an original research protocol, completing a
research project and gaining scientific writing experience.
On a global basis, infectious diseases represent a significant
cause of morbidity and mortality. In particular, infections that
cause malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, viral hepatitis, fungal
infections and hospital-acquired infections remain significant
challenges to maintaining health and well-being. In addition, the
widespread use of antibiotics has led to the emergence of resistant
bacteria that are not susceptible to our available armamentarium of
Also of great importance is the occurrence of serious infections
among individuals in resource limited countries, where the
provision of health care in environments that suboptimal as far as
sterile conditions (e.g. during surgery, labor and delivery)
magnify the lack of antibiotic availability and lead to worse
patient outcomes.An important aspect of infectious diseases is the
principles that are key for preventing infections. An increasing
number of reports have identified contaminated medical equipment
such as indwelling and diagnostic catheters.
Therefore, efforts to prevent infection through novel
sterilization techniques have gained prominence and led to an
increase in research and development among biotechnology companies.
In addition, an increased emphasis on global vaccination programs
and research into mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance have
accelerated and become important components of an overall strategy
to reduce the burden of infectious diseases.
The Global Infectious Diseases and Treatment Initiative
- Appoint a scholar(s) who shall coordinate the implementation of
this MOU, monitor progress and meet with executive team members as
designated to discuss the progress biweekly. Progress reports will
be created to provide periodic updates on the implementation of the
goals of this partnership. The scholar(s) shall work to meet/exceed
the objectives as set forth in the objectives.
- The scholar(s) will conduct global webinars and in-country
biotechnology implementation workshops that will provide a forum
for interfacing individual country needs in infectious disease
prevention and treatment with innovative technologies in low and
middle income countries.
- The scholar(s) will work under the directions of the executive
team to create worldwide partnerships with health institutions,
government agencies and private organizations to create centers of
excellence in respective countries.
- The scholar(s) will establish a working group to develop a plan
for national and international operations and collaborations, to
develop and disseminate strategies, guidelines and methods for
successful implementation of the objectives.
- Based on the outcomes of these webinars and forum discussions,
a regional needs assessment and business plan portfolio will be
developed and paired with emerging biotechnologies that may impact
Global Infectious Diseases Prevention and Treatment. This portfolio
will also be presented to the SUNY Global Health Institute on
conference calls and at meetings.
The GIDRTP partner YouFirst Services was established in 2013 in
western New York, You First Services, Inc., has made numerous
successful strides in their global initatives. Precise operations,
diverse collaborations, excellence in execution, acquiring new
scientific technologies have laid a strong foundation for our
continued success. They have been approved as start up New York
Company, an ambitious economy driven New York state project. In a
short period of time, the company has been awarded with prestigious
grants. You First Services has successfully introduced products in
the market and is fostering global partnerships for their worldwide