Establishing the Dominican Republic's first institute to fight infectious diseases
About the department
Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) is one of the top universities in the Dominican Republic and has a well-respected School of Medicine. The Department of Research is committed to quality science with a focus on translational research that will benefit the Dominican people and includes the only dental biomaterials lab in the country. The Department of Research will coordinate research efforts university-wide, supervising research laboratories, obtaining grants, providing support to ongoing projects, and assisting with research capacity building.
Impact on development
As the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic, the Institute is advancing health equity for those in the Greater Caribbean, focusing on emerging diseases that disproportionately affect people in developing countries.
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Why Seeding Labs?
UNIBE’s Department of Research needs equipment to expand on-site capabilities to include molecular biology research focused on combating HIV and other infectious diseases. Equipment will be used to add practicals to chemistry and biochemistry courses for undergraduate medical students, to develop a Master’s program in health sciences research, and to create an accredited training program in diagnostic analysis for clinical technicians. Labs at UNIBE’s new Institute for Tropical Medicine and Global Health will also utilize the equipment for research on emerging tropical and infectious diseases like Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, and HIV.
Did you know?
The institute is the first research institute in the Dominican Republic dedicated to emerging, tropical, and infectious diseases.