Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease


Five research goals:

  • Translating scientific discoveries into clinical applications e.g. new diagnostics, therapies, and vaccines for infectious diseases;
  • Detecting the presence of emerging infectious diseases within communities, the underlying mode of transmission, and strategies for prevention, control and treatment;
  • Preventing human infection from antibiotic resistant zoonotic (animal-to-human) microorganisms through an understanding of livestock immune systems – particularly the gastrointestinal tract – with an aim to reduce use of antibiotics in animals;
  • Addressing food safety issues during food production, processing, transport, storage, retail, or consumer use, with an aim to decrease infections and associated fatalities caused by food-borne illness; and
  • Training professionals in veterinary public health and infectious diseases public health preparedness.

Tactics derived from the goals:

  • Ohio State researchers facilitate and optimize interactions in serving as a local, state, national, and international resource for scientific and socially relevant input on issues relating to public health preparedness for infectious diseases.
  • Pilot research grant funds promote faculty member interactions and reward cutting-edge research leading to successful sponsored research awards from federal agencies, industrial partners, private foundations, and the State of Ohio (i.e. RCP, ORSP, OFSP).
  • Colleges collaborate in trans-institutional programs to attract world class faculty.
  • Faculty mentors attract the best graduate students worldwide. A PHPID graduate training fellowship program supports and inspires outstanding pre-doctoral students.
  • Publication of cutting-edge papers in the highest impact journals, high citations, awards, and exemplary service on national and international panels of significant scholarly merit.
  • Research from the program is translated to applications that benefit public health, food safety, and training of scientists and other professionals in public health preparedness for infectious diseases.
  • Development of technologies such as new therapies and vaccines, devices for monitoring and disinfection of microorganisms in food, air, water, or fomites providing opportunities for commercialization and a positive impact on the economy of Ohio.

Infectious disease programs at Ohio State participating in PHPID:

  • Applied Research for Improving Healthcare (HOPES)
  • Center for Microbial Interface Biology (CMIB)
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Centers for Microbial Pathogenesis (CMP) and Vaccines and Immunity (CVI)
  • Clinical Epidemiology Program (CEP)
  • Great Lakes Regional Centers of Excellence (GLRCE) in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Program
  • Infectious Diseases Interest Group (IDIG)
  • Division of Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine
  • AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU)
  • Infectious Diseases Molecular Epidemiology and Detection Laboratory (IDMEDL)
  • Food Animal Health Research Program, Wooster (FAHRP)
  • Center for RNA Biology (RNA Center)
  • Food Safety and Ag Security Center (FSAS)
  • Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
  • Center for Retrovirus Research 
  • Food Innovation Center (FIC)