Cameroon

The Cameroon Health Initiative at UAB (CHI-UAB) was created in 2013 as a collaboration between the Division of Infectious Diseases (ID) and the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) to improve women's health. Under the leadership of Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom in ID and Dr. Alan Tita in MFM, CHI-UAB supports bidirectional research and training opportunities through robust partnerships. Collaborative research projects focus on topics that are prioritized by local communities and critical to maternal and child health worldwide. Several clinical trials led by CHI UAB investigators with NIH support aim to help prevent malaria and sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy, eliminate perinatal hepatitis B transmission, and reduce high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality. 

South Africa

South Africa has the largest population of people living with HIV in the world. With excellent research infrastructure and a burgeoning HIV epidemic, the division is proud to conduct work here to develop novel approaches to addressing challenges related to HIV and tuberculosis and other infections.

Dr. Lynn Matthews has worked with partners in Durban, South Africa at the Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health Research Unit (MatCH Research), a division of the University of the Witwatersrand, since 2007. Dr. Matthews uses mixed methods research to develop and test interventions to support HIV-affected couples to meet important reproductive goals while minimizing HIV transmission risks to partners and children. Her team has hosted undergraduates, medical students, and residents to participate in the research.     

Dr. Emily Wong is based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa at the Africa Health Research Institute where she studies human immunity to tuberculosis and how it's impacted by HIV co-infection.  She studies this problem from the molecular to population scale and has a research group that spans an immunology laboratory in Durban and a rural field site in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.  Collaborators in Microbiology and Nephrology are also working with AHRI.

Uganda

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is located in rural, southwestern Uganda. With a total fertility rate of 5.7 children per woman and high rates of HIV, it is an important place to support the reproductive health of HIV-affected people. Dr. Matthews has partnered with MUST since 2010 to develop comprehensive reproductive health programs for men and women living with or partnered with someone living with HIV. The Immune Suppression Syndrome Clinic at MUST hosts the first comprehensive safer conception program in the region and is the backbone for studies relating to PrEP use, STI incidence, intimate partner violence, placental health and other aspects of reproductive health for people living with HIV. Dr. Matthews works with MUST faculty and junior researchers as well as U.S.-based undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows.  A recent pilot award to understand CMV placental pathophysiology in Uganda is catalyzing a new partnership between MUST and pediatric ID and neonatology investigators at UAB. 

Zambia

Founded in 2001 as collaboration between the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Zambia, School of Medicine, and the Zambian government, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) was conceived as a centre to conduct maternal-child health research in Zambia. Over the last 20 years, CIDRZ has evolved to become the largest independent, public health institution in Zambia. Today, CIDRZ supports over 600 staff, researchers, trainees and volunteers including 4 on-site faculty from UAB.  CIDRZ is both a large-scale health program implementer, working closely with the Government of the Republic of Zambia, and a leading research organization with funding from the U.S. government (including NIH and PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EDCTP, and many others. UAB faculty members are embedded within CIDRZ, supporting its administration, implementing externally funded research, and helping CIDRZ to groom the next generation of Zambian and international clinical, public health, and research leaders. UAB faculty working in Zambia include Drs. Michael Vinikoor, Carolyn Bolton Moore, Shilpa Iyer (all in adult ID) and Albert Manasyan (neonatology).  Their teams focus on a broad range of topics including clinical trials, maternal and child health, HIV prevention and treatment, viral hepatitis, cervical cancer, and implementation science. Other CIDRZ projects include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis diagnostics and treatment, prisons health system capacity building, and many others. Opportunities for global health experience for young professionals are abundant and new collaborators looking to address important Zambia-relevant research questions are welcome. 

The Gorgas Course in Peru

The course was launched as a collaborative partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia with the purpose of filling an educational gap for the international medical community seeking for an intensive experience in tropical medicine with a focus in clinical activities and substantial exposure to real patients.  The diverse geography of the country provides the participants with the unparalleled opportunity of a first-hand  exposure to the unique wide spectrum of tropical diseases that concentrate in this facility including: anthrax, bartonellosis, brucellosis, chancroid, cholera, leptospirosis, leprosy, HTLV-1, HIV, viral hepatitis, oropouche virus, yellow fever, rabies, malaria, leishmaniasis, Chagas’ disease, cyclosporiasis, strongyloidiasis, cysticercosis, echinococcosis, paragonimiasis, diphyllobothriasis, fasciolasis, histoplasmosis, sporotrichosis, paracoccidioidomycosis, chromomycosis and accidents with poisonous animals.

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients, providing an interdisciplinary research environment, and promoting growth and awareness throughout our faculty and staff.

The Division of Infectious Diseases is involved in various activities relating to the traditional academic missions of education, patient care and research. The Division consists of 48 full-time and two emeritus faculty, nine fellows and 130 support staff; including: administrators, office associates and assistants, fiscal/grant specialists, technicians, study coordinators and study nurses.

Research

We are internationally recognized for fostering an interdisciplinary research environment that relies on strong relationships between investigators in the basic sciences, clinical research, bioinformatics, and epidemiology and bio-statistics. These interactions create opportunities for discovery and implementation science aimed at advancing the prevention and management of infectious diseases.

Education

Throughout the Division, we have many enriching and educational opportunities for our faculty and trainees. We are proud to also host national and international programs specializing in tropical medicine and STD/HIV prevention. 

Patient Care

We are dedicated to providing compassionate care for all of our patients. With multiple clinics across the UAB Medicine campus, we provide patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services.