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Tropical and infectious disease are affecting the majority and claiming many lives.  The impact is severe in developing countries where prevention, diagnosis and treatment facilities are compromised. Geographic locations play a pivotal role in the study of tropical and infectious diseases. The location of University of Gondar (UoG) is at the center of all these disease conditions. However, there are scarcity of high caliber evidences that potentially influence policy and health directions due to poor coordination and lack of collaboration among researchers. Considering these the University of Gondar has established a Tropical and Infectious Diseases Research Center (TIDRC) in 2014.

The establishment of the center helps to promote collaborative research through integrating the different disciplines of science linking the three P’s (Pathogen, Patient and Population). The center will undertake high caliber research; apply for grants; organize relevant national and international conferences; and collaborate with animal health experts for promoting one health approach to study zoonotic diseases. Furthermore the center will coordinate and provide training to enhance the knowledge and skills of researchers on various areas.


Principles and Values

The Research center is guided by the following principles and values:

–          The research agenda will be integrated with the thematic areas of University of Gondar

–          Research will be problem solving

–          Research will be applicable, innovative, and of high quality

–          Research will be interdisciplinary and collaborative

–          Research findings will be widely disseminated

–          The research center will provide a collegial and nurturing environment

–          Research center policies and procedures will be transparent

–          Evaluation of Research center activities will be frequent and transparent


To become one of the renowned tropical and infectious diseases research center in Africa


To provide an organizational structure and mobilize, integrate, and develop the University of Gondar potentials, talents, resources, and infrastructure to the advancement of knowledge through focused researches in tropical and infectious diseases.


–          To promote and undertake problem solving collaborative researches with the aim to promote societal health problem and provide information to policymakers.

–          To promote one health approach in relevant animal and human tropical infectious diseases.

–          To coordinate tropical and infectious diseases research activities.

–          To strengthen inter and intra faculty collaborative research on tropical and infectious diseases.

–          To promote the University of Gondar’s ideal site and facility for tropical and infectious disease research to the world for collaborations

–          To support and supervise tropical and infectious diseases researches at the University of Gondar.


Research interest areas

Tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, meningitis, parasitic diseases, tropical diseases and other NTDs, other communicable diseases


Collaborating Partners

Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), Ethiopia

Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), Ethiopia

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Linköping University, Sweden

Örebro University, Sweden

University of Leipzig, Germany  

Ohio State University, USA

University of Calgary, Canada

Imperial College, UK

Staten Serum Institute (SSI), Denmark

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Belgium


External advisors list

Dr. Abraham Aseffa, AHRI, Ethiopia

Prof. Yemane Birhan, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health, Ethiopia

Prof. Asrat Hailu, AAU, Ethiopia

Dr. Amha kebede, EPHI, Ethiopia

Prof. Afework Kassu, AAU and MOE, Ethiopia

Prof. Olle Stendahl, Linköping University, Sweden

Dr. Thomas Schön, Linköping University, Sweden

Prof. Eva Särndahl, Örebro University, Sweden

Dr. Christian Wejse, SSI, Denmark

Prof. Sven Britton, KI, Sweden

Prof. Lashitew Gedamu, University of Calgary, Canada

Dr. Daniel Elias, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Prof. Gerd Birkenmeier, Leipzig University, Germany

Dr. Pascale Kropf, Imperial College, UK

Prof. Wondwossen Gebreyes , Ohio State University

Dr. Howard Engers, WHO


Contact:  Dr. Ebba Abate (Assistant professor)

Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology


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