Fostering East-West and North-South bidirectional collaborations: Experiences from the First International Congress on Ecology and Evolution of Global Communicable Diseases held in Quito and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Nicole K Le1, Sarita Panchang2, Andres Izurieta3, Miguel Reina Ortiz4, Ismael Hoare3, Eknath Naik3, Mauricio Espinel5, Enrique Teran6, Ricardo Izurieta4
1 Public Health Scholar Concentration, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Louisiana, USA
2 Social Research and Evaluation Center, Louisiana State University, Louisiana, USA
3 Global Communicable Diseases, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Florida, USA
4 Public Health Scholar Concentration, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Louisiana; Global Communicable Diseases, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Florida, USA
5 Department of Public Health Research, School of Medicine, Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabi, Manta, Ecuador
6 Galapagos Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
Dr. Ricardo Izurieta
College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Florida; 12301 Bruce B Downs Blvd, MDC56, Tampa, Florida 33612
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Communicable disease is a challenge that is widely recognized to be a consequence of globalization. Infectious disease threats such as SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Zika, malaria, and yellow fever are easily transmissible through mass global processes such as migration and trade. Scholars are increasingly recognizing the value of international cooperation and transdisciplinary research to meet these infectious disease challenges and even to anticipate future challenges. However, international collaboration is not an easy process given the often-uneven relationships between the Global North and South due to histories of resource disparities. In the International Congress on Ecology and Evolution of Global Communicable Diseases held in Quito and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador in 2016, researchers developed a concrete framework for international, interdisciplinary collaboration toward tackling infectious disease challenges. We share the insights from the congress here in hopes of enabling other scientific researchers to engage in similar research partnerships and to forge collective progress toward a more efficient infectious disease research agenda.
The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Interpersonal and communication skills, and Professionalism.