John David

John David

Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Tropical Public Health, Emeritus
Faculty Project: Harvard-Instituto Pedro Kouri Scientific Collaboration
John David

Harvard-Instituto Pedro Kouri Scientific Collaboration

Harvard and the Instituto Pedro Kourí (IPK) of Tropical Medicine have initiated a project to promote scientific collaboration and exchange between Cuban and Harvard scientists in the areas of public health and medicine. The IPK is Cuba 's leading research institute and treatment center in the control and eradication of infectious diseases in Cuba and elsewhere. The public health initiative has three main objectives:

 1) to increase scientific collaboration and exchange between the IPK and Harvard;

 2) to improve understanding of the functioning of Cuban health care system, the success achieved by Cuba in controlling at eradicating infectious disease and the role of institutions such as IPK in the public health system.

 3) to support the development and dissemination of public health work currently underway in Cuba 's scientific and research laboratories and institutions.

The main topics of the project include: tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, bacterial and viral respiratory infections, dengue, hepatitis, mycology, acute diarrheal disease, molecular biology of infectious disease, molecular epidemiology of infectious disease, immunology of infectious disease and social science analyses of infectious disease.

Collaborating Harvard faculty:

  Arachu Castro, Assistant Professor in Social Medicine, Department of Social Medicine; Academic Director in Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Harvard Medical School

  John David, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Tropical Public Health, Emeritus

  Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health

  Paul Farmer, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  Donald Harn, Professor of Tropical Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health

  Jim Kim, Associate Clinical Professor of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  Eric Rubin, Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health

  Michael Starnbach, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School

Collaborating Institutions:

 Instituto de Medicina Tropical "Pedro Kourí" (IPK) [Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine]

Visiting Scholars from Cuba & Topics Studied:  

  Enrique Beldárrain Chaple: Major epidemics in the Americas from 1492-2000

  Anselmo Otero: Optimization of Protein and Nucleotide Adjuvants with Immunoestimulatory Properties

  Roberto Fernández: Certification Procedures for BL-3 Facility

  Gustavo Kourí, Jorge Pérez Ávila and Guadalupe Guzmán: Cuba's Healthcare System & AIDS Research & Treatment

  Mayra Mune Jiménez: Dengue Virus Vaccine with DNA Immunization

  Lisette Pérez: HIV Load Viral Testing

  Beatriz Sierra: HLA Class I genes and Dengue in Cuba, 1981-1997

  Vivian Kourí Cardella: Kaposi's Sarcoma associated with Herpes Virus (KSHV)

  Alicia Reyes Jiménez: HIV/AIDS Resource Allocation

  Jorge Luis Maestre Mesa: Investigation of the function of virulence regulators of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis using Genome-Wide Location Analysis

  Rayner Rodríguez: The role of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes in the immune response to bacterial infections such as Chlamydia

  Raul Díaz: A comparison of two PCR-based DNA fingerprinting methods for typing Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

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