Congo Basin Institute (CBI)

CBI offers training opportunities in infectious diseases and planetary health required to address the needs of the Central African region.

CBI is built on years of collaborative research between UCLA and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) focused on biodiversity, zoonotic disease transmission, adaptation to climate change, and agricultural production. As part of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research and education programs, UCLA and IITA conduct research and host multiple professional development workshops for groups of American and African students and researchers at the CBI campus. UCLA and IITA are currently implementing an NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education grant on developing an integrated evolutionarily-informed framework for protecting and managing central African biodiversity under climate change that is grounded in the socioeconomic constraints of the region, and addressing its relationship to human health (January 2014 - December 2017).

CBI previously completed a six-year project (2004-2010) on Effects of Deforestation on the Prevalence of Blood-Borne Pathogens in African Rainforest Birds, jointly funded by NIH and NSF. UCLA was a sub-grantee from the University of Oklahoma for an NIH/FIC grant that investigated the dynamics of cross-species influenza transmission in Cameroon (2010-2011). UCLA and IITA collaborated on a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance sub-grant; the project focused on animal influenza surveillance and capacity building in Africa (2010-2013).

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