Researchers associated with the University of Georgia’s Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases and Department of Anthropology have received a grant to investigate the relationships between habitat characteristics, human activity and disease transmission for two zoonotic vector-borne tropical diseases: cutaneous leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. This project will unite an interdisciplinary team of UGA researchers with scientists from the parasitology department of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies in Panama. The project builds on a University of Georgia-U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborative seed grant to a team of faculty in anthropology, veterinary pathology and ecology, and the Gorgas Memorial Institute. Subsequent preliminary research was supported by a UGA Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant.
For more information about this project, read the full press release here.