Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Tropical Diseases
Director / Head:
Dr David WALKER
Center for Tropical Diseases
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
(1-409) 772 3989
(1-409) 772 1850
Date of Designation:
Date of Discontinuation:
Terms of Reference:
- To expand upon current education-training programs; develop training partnerships with sister institutions; develop faculty exchange program, visiting & postdoctoral fellowships; & companion Collaborating Centers in the Americas.
- To contribute to the improvement of public health quality in the Americas and elsewhere through applied research; jointly develop with other centers standardized diagnostic test procedures and reagents.
- To expand epidemiologic programs and share critical scientific information and other resources with sister centers; expand field studies and data collection and analysis activities; develop responsive surveillance programs with other institutions to monitor trends in traditional and emerging infectious diseases.
- To expand our understanding of pathogenic mechanisms of extra- and intracellular pathogens through basic science research; develop vaccines for the prevention and eradication of selected infectious diseases; establish collaborative basic research projects funded by peer-reviewed grants with other collaborating centers; assist our partners’ institutions to develop stronger basic scientific research infrastructures; share contemporary research methods, technology and reagents with colleagues in the Americas.
- To mobilize resources of the UTMB schools and centers to jointly cooperate with the Center for Tropical Diseases in interdisciplinary global infectious research programs and activities in other countries.
- To broaden our assistance of colleagues to develop joint and independent competitive peer-reviewed grant proposals; provide library support and difficult to obtain scientific publications for our colleagues at other centers.
- To develop and host international collaborative meetings with scientists from the Americas and elsewhere on intracellular pathogens.
- Viral hemorrhagic fevers
- Communicable diseases other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Development and application of appropriate technology
- Outbreaks and emergencies
- Providing technical advise to WHO
WHO organization wide expected result:
1.4 - Policy and technical support provided to Member States in order to enhance their capacity to carry out surveillance and monitoring of all communicable diseases of public health importance.
1.7 - Member States and the international community equipped to detect, assess, respond to and cope with major epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases (e.g. influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, haemorrhagic fevers, plague and smallpox) through the development and implementation of tools, methodologies, practices, networks and partnerships for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention.
1.8 - Regional and global capacity coordinated and made rapidly available to Member States for detection, verification, risk assessment and response to epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
RYAN Michael J.
+41 22 79 13691
OLIVA Otavio F. Pinheiro de
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork