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What is Global Health?

Global health involves multiple disciplines within and beyond the health sciences, is the coordination of prevention with individual level clinical care, which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, and emphasizes transnational health issues. Global health is a field of study, research and practice that strives on achieve equity in health for all people.

At Upstate Medical University we focus our global health efforts on reducing health inequalities-in which some populations are more vulnerable to substandard health than others. These health imbalances are more prevalent in low- and middle-income countries, but also exist within developed nations as well as our own community. In researching and responding to these health differences, we focus on the biomedical aspects of diseases, the local and global causes and public policies that influence these diseases, and the organization of prevention and treatment.

What does the Upstate Medical University Center for Global Health and Translational Science (CGHATS) do?

CGHATS brings together faculty, staff and students at Upstate Medical University to address health divergences. We facilitate interdisciplinary research, education and service in global health. Our purpose is to train the next generation of global health scholars, undertake service in global health, encourage innovation and promote excellence in global health research, and further access to current information on global health.

What makes CGHATS unique?

CGHATS is unique in its ability to address global health issues with resources and expertise from the entire university and our partners. CGHATS brings together experts, faculty and students from many schools and makes use of multidisciplinary perspectives in its education and research programs.

Where does CGHATS work?

CGHATS works locally, nationally and internationally. We are committed to forming and maintaining strong partnerships with local, national, and international institutions that combine our research, education, policy and service efforts to improve global health.

For example, CGHATS is currently collaborating with institutions where we have ongoing research, education, policy or service activities and interests in Thailand, Ecuador, and Kenya.

Does CGHATS do any work in the U.S.?

Yes. CGHATS has a strong commitment to reducing health disparities in our local community as well as nationally.

What research does CGHATS focus on?

At the core of the Institute's research efforts are:

  • Malaria Research, clinical trials, drugs and vaccines.
  • Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever and emerging viral pathogens.
  • Basic scientific research in the field of virology, developing vaccine field and epidemiological study sites in Southeast and Central Asia.
  • Phase I and II clinical vaccine trials.
  • Development and management of research programs that are product oriented towards developing vaccines and diagnostics that meet FDA regulatory requirements.
  • The role of the Epstein-Barr Virus and malaria in the etiology of endemic Burkitt’s Lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Investigating the suspected role of malaria in turning Epstein-Barr virus-infected cells into cancer cells.
  • Humanized SCID Mouse Core facility, a specialized research unit supporting the progression of research from the molecular and cellular level to the clinical level.
  • Using state-of-the-art imaging capabilities to visualize pathogen replication and treatment responses in humanized mice.
  • Development of preclinical models to test novel anti-infectives, vaccines, & therapeutics.
  • Development of preventative and therapeutic interventions for pediatric respiratory infections.
  • Health at the human-wildlife interface, particularly where it pertains to conservation biology. (Ryan link)
  • Using methods in landscape ecology, quantitative ecology and disease ecology to analyze landscape change, health outcomes and the impacts of anthropogenic change, including climate change, in African parks landscapes.
  • Engaging in interdisciplinary research, ranging from field biology to computational modeling to lab-based analyses of disease risk.
  • Wild primate populations and health impacts both to and from human and domestic animal populations that they interact with.

CGHATS addresses these areas from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective.

How does CGHATS work with other centers and institutes?

The mandate for CGHATS is to facilitate and coordinate global health efforts at Upstate Medical University. To accomplish this, we work with faculty and administrators from other centers and institutes internationally and nationally, as well as those at Upstate Medical University. In some cases, we have created formal partnerships with existing programs to build and strengthen global health activities and collaborate on new ideas and projects.

Does CGHATS appoint faculty?

Yes we do appoint faculty, for more information please contact Ms. Holly Chanatry

How do I find out who is involved in CGHATS?

Please contact Holly Chanatry, Research Administrator (link)

How can I get global health experience abroad?

CGHATS works with international partners as well as with other Departments and units at Upstate Medical University to develop fieldwork projects. Contact our Research Administrator for further details.