Tamara Giles-Vernick currently conducts research at the interstices of medical anthropology and ethnohistory (historical research using anthropological tools), investigating infectious disease transmission and global health interventions in Africa. She leads multidisciplinary research examining the changing nature and contexts of human contact with great apes and monkeys in equatorial Africa and the health consequences of that contact; she also conducts anthropological research on hepatitis B and vaccination, the historical emergence of HIV in central Africa; malnutrition; infantile diarrhea in the Central African Republic; an historical epidemiology of malaria in west Africa; hepatitis C transmission in hospital and dental settings in Egypt; a comparative history of pandemic influenza; a history of global health in Africa; and the history of epidemiological surveillance.
INCEPTION – Institut Convergence for the study of Emergence of Pathology Through Individuals and Populations
IINCEPTION Goal The Inception’s goal is to develop a core structure to mobilize data resources, numerical sciences, and fundamental experimental biology in a range of health issues (Official website here : https://www.inception-program.fr/en). Inception program […]
Red Cross health workers and the continuity of care in the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed methods operational approach
Voluntary organizations provide essential support to vulnerable populations and front-line health responders to the COVID-19 pandemic. The French Red Cross (FRC) is prominent among organizations offering health and support services in the current crisis. […]
Anthropological Study for the Programmatic Response to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Central African Republic
Funded by UNICEF Central African Republic, this investigation consists of a descriptive and comparative anthropological research on social, political, economic and health relations, formal and informal structures and practices in areas at risk of […]
Sonar-Global is a research project funded by Horizon 2020 (EU) aiming to build a social sciences network to prevent and respond to infectious threats and antimicrobial resistance. All Sonar-Global partners work in the field […]
AFRIPOX – A One Health approach of monkeypox in Centrafrican Republic
AFRIPOX : une approche One Health de la variole du singe en République Centrafricaine : Infection humaine, reservoir animal, écologie de la maladie et outils diagnostiques Le monkeypox est un Orthopoxvirus émergent responsable de […]
A Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance (SoNAR-Global) (Horizon 2020)
SoNAR-Global is a global consortium led by social scientists specializing in emerging infectious diseases (EID) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It will build a sustainable international social science network to engage the active participation of […]
MICROTONE – Microbial and viral circulations among people and wild and domesticated animals in an ecotone, Democratic Republic of Congo
Zoonotic transmissions are a major global health risk, with human-animal contact frequently raised as a driver of emergence. Studies of zoonotic transmission risks are often piecemeal, targeting bushmeat, specific animal reservoirs, or single pathogens. […]
MITICA: Identifying the mechanisms of acquisition of a dysbiotic microbiota and pediatric environmental enteropathy in infants in the context of chronic malnutrition
Undernutrition contributes to more than 40% of the global child mortality rate. In 2014 stunting, which is the main manifestation of chronic undernutrition, affected 159 million children. Stunting entails long-term repercussions for the child, […]
A sociocultural study of hepatitis B and vaccination in two contexts: Burkina Faso and Central African Republic
This study is an in-depth anthropological investigation of hepatitis B and vaccination in Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso and the Cascades region of Burkina Faso, and in Bangui, Central African Republic. There exist few published anthropological […]
Biomedical Engagement in the West African Ebola epidemic
The aim of this study is to capture the experiences and individual recollections of biomedical researchers at a broad range of European, African, North American, and Asian research institutions participating in the response to […]
NéoVac (Neonatal Vaccination against Hepatitis B in Africa)
Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an important cause of premature adult deaths in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), due to liver cancer or cirrhosis. To reduce the disease burden, it is critical to […]
The purpose of this study is to conduct a “history of the present” of the West African Ebola Outbreak by investigating the personal experiences and recollections of people involved in the humanitarian response. In […]
Hepatitis B in Burkina Faso and Central African Republic
As a follow-up to ANRS funding for a feasibility study (ANRS 12232), I received in 2011 funding from ANRS for an in-depth anthropological study of hepatitis B and vaccination in Bobo Dioulasso and the […]
A multi-disciplinary study of human beings, great apes, and viral emergence in equatorial Africa (SHAPES)
This multi-disciplinary study examines the changing nature and contexts of human contact with great apes and monkeys in equatorial Africa and the health consequences of that contact. Biomedical researchers have scrutinized the nature of […]
THE EMERGENCE OF HIV IN AFRICA : Ethnomedical and historical perspectives
The aim of this project is to develop a more grounded, robust historical context for the emergence of HIV. While some hypotheses for the emergence of HIV have been suggested, they have been offered […]
TORCADIA : Epidemiology of severe childhood diarrhea: A case control study in the Central African Republic (CAR)
(Collaborators: Sébastien Breurec, Ionela Gouandjika,Thierry Frank, Caroline Martin (IP Bangui), Petulla bata, Jean Gody (Complexe pédiatrique Bangui), Tamara Giles-Vernick, Loic chartier, Muriel Vray (IP Paris)). Funding : The fondation Total. Diarrhea ranks as the […]
Malaria in southwestern Burkina Faso
(Collaborators : Tamara Giles-Vernick, Abdoulaye Traoré, Sodiomon B. Sirima). Funded by the World Health Organization, 2010-11. The primary aim was to test the acceptability and feasibility of an intervention package for the community management […]
Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) in Anthropology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, 2013.
Ph.D., African History, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1996.
Oxford Forestry Institute, University of Oxford, 1992
M.A., African History, with training in Anthropology, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Family History.
Bachelors of Arts, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 1985
The London School of Economics, London, England, 1983‑84
2021The hygiene hypothesis, the COVID pandemic, and consequences for the human microbiome., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2021 02; 118(6): .
2021Evaluating the motivation of Red Cross Health volunteers in a pandemic: A mixed-methods protocol, BMJ Open.
2021Addressing vulnerabilities in communities facing infectious disease threats: A need for social science-driven assessments, J. Glob. Health. 2021;11:03003.
2020A multi-disciplinary comparison of great ape gut microbiota in a central African forest and European zoo, Narat, V., Amato, K.R., Ranger, N. et al. A multi-disciplinary comparison of great ape gut microbiota in a central African forest and European zoo. Sci Rep 10, 19107 (2020). .
2020Multidimensional analysis of landscape dynamics in a Central African forest-savanna mosaic, African Journal of Ecology .
2020Imagining viral hepatitis in Burkina Faso, Africa.
2020Should wild meat markets be shut down?, Somatosphere.
2020Limited awareness of hepatitis B but widespread recognition of its sequelae in rural Senegal: a qualitative study, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
2020Hotspot or blind spot? Historical perspectives on surveillance and response to epidemics in the Central African Republic, International Journal of Public Health.
2020Limited Awareness of Hepatitis B but Widespread Recognition of Its Sequelae in Rural Senegal: A Qualitative Study, Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2020 Jan;.
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