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    Center for International
    Health Research

    55 Claverick Street
    Providence, RI 02903

    Phone: 401-444-5214

    Fax: 401-444-7854

    Interdisciplinary Research for Tropical Public Health

    To address these urgent global health challenges, the Center for International Health Research (CIHR) at Rhode Island Hospital was founded in 2005, under the aegis of the departments of pathology and pediatrics.

    The CIHR embraces interdisciplinary approaches by linking basic lab science with cutting edge population-based science. It is this approach that makes the center unique in Rhode Island and in southern New England.

    Our Story

    Understanding and protecting against parasitic infections is the life’s work of husband-and-wife research team Jonathan Kurtis, MD, PhD and Jennifer Friedman, MD, MPH, PhD.

    Through the Center for International Health Research (CIHR) the pair works to understand the mechanisms that cause tropical infectious diseases, specifically malaria and schistosomiasis, and to harness this knowledge to design improved treatments and vaccines.

    “We want to know how these parasites cause disease in the host, when it’s most effective to treat, and how to prioritize the limited health care resources in these developing countries,” says Kurtis. “Ultimately, what drives us is to make something deliverable—a pill, a vaccine... a tool that could protect millions of people from infection and disease.”

    Read more about their search for a vaccine

    For more information, please contact Danielle Barbery at 401-444-5214 or