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gh topics insetEGHI supports Emory faculty and students addressing environmental health issues around the world. Specific projects focus on a wide range of topics including water quality, climate change, logging and habitat change, indoor-air quality, and environmental transmission of diseases.

Bangladesh

Integrated Assessment of Climate, Water Quality, and Vulnerability in Bangladesh, 2012 Student Field Scholar Project.

Bolivia, Denmark, Ghana, India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam

Paige Tolbert, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, received an EGHI Seed Grant in 2008 to establish a Global Environmental Health Partnership with the University of Copenhagen and other satellite research campuses.

China

Eri Saikawa, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College, received a 2012 EGHI Seed Grant to conduct a project entitled Understanding the Health Burden in Tibetan Households. The primary goal of the study is to better understand the current indoor air quality status in the Tibetan region and to shed light on the mitigation policy options within the region.
Justin Remais, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, received a 2012 EGHI Seed Grant to conduct a project entitled Epidemiology and Environmental Transmission of Cryptosporidium in China.
Justin Remais, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is leading a China-based project entitled Models for Improving Surveillance of Environmentally Mediated Infectious Diseases. The project, funded by the NIH, aims to develop advanced numerical and statistical methods to optimize infectious disease surveillance programs in the presence of environmental heterogeneity.
Justin Remais, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is leading a China-based project entitled The Influence of Environmental Change on Parasite Diffusion through Human, Invertebrate, and Environmental Pathways. The project aims to comprehensively quantify and assess the role of diffusive processes in governing parasite transmission, with a specific focus on how anthropogenic change can modify diffusion parameters, thereby influencing transmission.
Justin Remais, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is leading a China-based project entitled Flood-related Pathogen Risk Models Appropriate for Low-resource Settings. The objective of this project is to improve the mechanistic understanding of and predictive abilities for dynamic microbiological risks following a flood event in low- and middle-income countries.
Linking Active and Passive Surveillance Data to Generate a Longitudinal Dataset of Schistosomiasis in Sichuan Province, China, 2011 Student Field Scholar Project.

Congo, Republic of the

Thomas Gillespie, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is conducting a project entitled Effects of Logging on Infection Dynamics in Apes and Humans, Republic of Congo. Funded by National Geographic, this project examines the effects of logging on transmission dynamics and risk factors among free-ranging western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, and people associated with the logging process. Investigators are using an integrated pathogen diagnostics methodology, biological and social survey, and spatially explicit models of the Republic of Congo to examine this issue.

Madagascar

Thomas Gillespie, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is conducting a study examining the epidemiology and ecology of zoonotic and waterborne disease in poor rural communities at the interface with a high biodiversity natural system in Ranomafana, Madagascar. He is working in collaboration with Stony Brook University, Centre Val Bio, the Malgasy Ministry of Health, and the Institute Pasteur. The project integrates the newly initiated regional primary healthcare improvement program, which is guided by Partners in Health.

Mexico and Uganda

Thomas Gillespie, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is conducting a study entitled Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Vector Composition and Viral Distribution and Diversity in Mexico and Uganda. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of habitat disturbance and natural habitat variability on vector composition and patterns of viral infections along disturbance gradients in the tropics. In addition to better understanding the role of human-induced habitat changes on the distribution of viruses and their vectors, this research provides the opportunity for early detection of novel pathogens that may pose a threat to global health and/or wildlife conservation.

Rwanda

Bridging Environmental Conservation and Public Health: Assessment of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International's Community Health Program in Rwanda, 2012 Student Field Scholar Project.

Tanzania

Thomas Gillespie, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is working with the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, the Tanzanian Wildlife Authority, and the Jane Goodall Institute on the Gombe Ecohealth Project. The project focuses on zoonotic and waterborne disease transmission in rural communities bordering Gombe National Park, the site of the longest ongoing study of wildlife behavior initiated by the Goodall Foundation on chimpanzees in the middle of the 20th century.

Thailand

Assessing Environmental Pesticide Soil Exposure in Chili Farming Communities, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand, 2011 Student Field Scholar Project.
 

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