The USF Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research (GHIDR) improves the health and lives of people afflicted by infectious diseases through the development of improved diagnostics, treatments and preventive mechanisms. GHIDR uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigate vector-borne diseases of public health importance including malaria, leishmaniasis, dengue fever, viral encephalopathies, toxoplasmosis, onchocerciasis and filariasis. Our faculty, post-docs, staff and students participate in high profile epidemiological, drug discovery and developmental projects using a translational research approach that places particular emphasis on producing results directly applicable to infectious disease control and elimination and product innovation.
GHIDR is an interdisciplinary center for research and training that brings together faculty, students and staff from across USF to maximize natural collaborative interactions. Ongoing collaborations between our academic members and industrial scientists and engineers seek to advance modern approaches to biomolecular sciences for the purpose of identifying novel methods for disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Our faculty scientists form the core strength of the GHIDR center, providing both intellectual guidance and extramural funding for our multidisciplinary research. We have successfully obtained more than $42 million in extramural funding since 2007 from sources such as the NIH, Gates Foundation, MMV, MVI, Carter Center and pharmaceutical companies. These funds along with our exemplary research team members, world-class laboratories and global collaborative networks make the USF Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research a leader in vector-borne and tropical disease research.