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Eck Institute for Global Health

Health is a fundamental human right


The University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health is a university-wide enterprise that recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training, and service to advance health standards for all people, especially people in low and middle-income countries, who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases.

Members of the Eck Institute for Global Health are working to address global health challenges through basic and applied research. Notre Dame is a world leader in vector research and is home to VectorBase and VecNET.

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Notre Dame research a “top pick” by Nature Microbiology for Best of 2016

December 22, 2016

Alex Perkins, PhD, Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, is among the “Best of 2016” editor’s top 10 picks for the publication Nature Microbiology

Notre Dame researchers advise WHO Global Health Policy

December 02, 2016

Alex Perkins, PhD, Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, along with Guido Espana who holds a postdoctoral position in the Perkins laboratory, were recently published in the journal PLoS Medicine


Lecture: Wilbert Van Panhuis

Wed Jan 18, 2017 • 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Dr. Wilbert Van Panhuis

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics


“Population health informatics to counter epidemic threats: data integration and epidemic simulation”


Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Hesburgh Library 107


ABSTRACT: Many datasets that could be used to counter epidemic threats are not used due to challenges in accessing and standardizing datasets, and in integrating data into novel analyses such as epidemic simulation. Panhuis’ research aims to improve the acquisition, standardization, and integration of information about epidemic threats. His team digitized and integrated a century of public health data for the United States to demonstrate that vaccines prevented 100 million disease cases and they used data on dengue fever from 8 countries in Southeast Asia to find that synchronous dengue transmission in this region coincided with elevated temperatures caused by El Niño. They are now improving the availability and usability of these, and other data for epidemic simulation by re-representing datasets in a machine-readable format. So far, they have re-represented information on Chikungunya virus epidemics and developed an agent-based simulation model of this disease for the entire population of Colombia, representing 45 million people in over 10 million households, schools, and workplaces. Using this simulation model, they found information about previous dengue outbreaks that can help target mosquito control against Chikungunya.

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Karen A. Goraleski, Executive Director

Wed Jan 25, 2017 • 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Karen Goraleski is Executive Director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Ms. Goraleski oversees all aspects of the Society’s efforts, including the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; the CTropMed®- Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health; the Annual Meeting, which attracts a global audience and is widely considered the premier meeting in tropical medicine; and a portfolio of activities that includes awards and research opportunities, policy development, advocacy, communications, and membership. Read her complete bio here

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