EcoHealthNet is an undergraduate and graduate-level global research coordination network, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring together world-class research scientists from medical, ecology, veterinary, epidemiology, virology, anthropology, climate science, data science, and economics fields that will advance One Health research and education. Advancements will take place through three activities: 1) creation of a peer network of undergraduate and graduate STEM students from various disciplines via one-week workshops that teach applied skills and provide in-person contact time with scientists actively conducting research related to anthropogenic environmental change, economics, and emerging diseases, which will also be delivered live as an interactive webinar to university students globally; 2) developing the next generation of One Health practitioners through mentored research projects that reflect One Health principles; 3) linking participants to professional science and policy associations. EcoHealthNet is designed to inspire broad, collaborative One Health research and create lasting connectivity among scientists from different disciplines as they advance in their careers.
The 2019 Workshop's theme is Emerging Threats to Global Health, hosted at George Mason University in Virginia from June 2-8, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at GMU, Johns Hopkins University and the Smithsonian Institute. Research Exchange projects can take place between May and August 2019.
A part of the workshop, Drs. Jonathan Epstein (EcoHealth Alliance), Emily Gurley (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Vincent Munster (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Rocky Mountain Laboratories), Christopher Broder (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), and Larry Madoff (ProMed) discuss ways to bring multiple scientific disciplines together to fight new and emerging diseases like Nipah virus.
The EcoHealthNet Workshop is a one-week workshop designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students and research scientists from various scientific disciplines to learn about concepts and tools used in disease ecology research. Workshop participants receive five days of high-level didactic and practical training from experts on topics related to disease ecology, such as mathematical disease modeling, GIS and spatial analysis, field and laboratory techniques for zoonotic disease research, the economics of emerging diseases, and critical review of published studies. Successful applicants will be involved in research projects or have research interests that will directly benefit from the skills and insights learned during the workshop. Students may be asked to give a brief presentation of their current research as part of the workshop. Participants will build professional networks with fellow workshop participants and instructors who are leaders in their field.
Participant expenses will be covered to attend the workshop at GMU, including room and accommodation, meals, roundtrip travel to the workshop, and visa fees, if applicable. Travel to and from the workshop will be paid personally by each participant, but will then be reimbursed by the project once the workshop is complete.
EcoHealthNet Research Exchange Interns work under the guidance of a research mentor developing a study within the scope of high-profile, well-funded U.S. and international-based research projects. Participants are expected to work with their assigned mentors to craft a project that will fit into the scope of the main program and allow the student to learn about research design, data collection, analysis, and publication. Past internship projects have included Nipah virus ecology in Bangladesh, Avian influenza dynamics in China, disease surveillance in wildlife imported to New York, wildlife disease surveillance in Brazil and Malaysia, coronavirus diversity in bats, and White Nose Syndrome ecology in the United States.
Research Exchange projects last 6-12 weeks and are open from May–August 2019. A full list of all 19 available Research Exchange projects can be found here. You will be asked to list your top three projects in your application.
Participant expenses will be covered for research exchange projects, including room and accommodation, meals, roundtrip travel to project location, needed project expenses, and visa fees, if applicable. No stipend is included.
Expenses are covered on a partial reimbursement basis, meaning students will cover their charges personally and then will submit for refunds throughout their study period. If a student is unable to initially cover their charges through the reimbursement basis listed above, an alternative advancement funding process is in place.