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 aims to develop a core structure to mobilize data resources, numerical sciences, and fundamental experimental biology in various health issues (Official website here: https://www.inception-program.fr/en). The inception program uses Integrative Biology, […]
Social Sciences for Community engagement in Humanitarian Action (SS4CE in HA)
The project’s objective was to integrate and strengthen social sciences for community engagement in humanitarian settings (i.e., conflicts, natural hazards, infectious threats) drawing on some important lessons learnt globally during Covid-19 and previous epidemics […]
RETRACE – ANR PRC AAPG2023
Retracing the global spread of Yersinia enterocolitica & the evolution of pathogenicity within its lineages, from a One Health perspective Abstract:The Yersinia species are instrumental models to investigate the emergence of pathogenicity in the […]
Vulnerability Assessment for the Covid-19 Response in France
As part of the Sonar-Global COVID-19 research and response action, the Anthropology and Ecology of Disease Emergence unit (coordinator of the EC-funded Sonar-Global project) conducted a Vulnerability Assessment (VA), a research-action ethnographic methodology that identifies newly […]
Rapid European COVID-19 Emergency Response research (RECOVER project)
RECOVER is one of the 18 projects that the European Union has founded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to obtain crucial unknown information about the disease through clinical Research to help […]
Pro-actively addressing the challenges for an effective uptake of COVID-19 vaccination in Belgium: a transdisciplinary approach (Transvaxx project)
The Transvaxx project aims to co-create intervention strategies with community and public health stakeholders that proactively mitigate vaccine hesitancy and maximize uptake of COVID-19 vaccination in Belgium. Mixed methods will be used, combining (i) […]
Optimizing community antibiotic use and infection control with behavioural interventions in rural Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo (CABU-EICO project)
Emergence of antibiotic resistance (AMR) is a serious concern for Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Unregulated use of antibiotics, a major AMR driver, is highly prevalent in LMICs, with medicine stores as key […]
Cultivating Online Safe Spaces: Addressing unspoken hesitancy to build vaccine confidence in healthcare workers in Belgium (OSS project)
Healthcare workers (HCW) are both priority groups for vaccinations and among the most influential in layperson’s vaccine decisions. Yet considerable vaccine hesitancy has been reported among HCW internationally, including in Belgium. During previous research […]
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
Monkeypox is an emerging Orthopoxvirus responsible for monkeypox disease, clinically similar to smallpox with a lethality of around 1 to 10%. This disease is a zoonosis initially transmitted from an animal reservoir and then […]
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
2023Louis Pasteur, COVID-19, and the social challenges of epidemics., Lancet 2023 Dec; 400(10369): 2166-2168.
2023More than one crisis: COVID-19 response actors navigating multi-dimensional crises in Flanders, Belgium, Crit Public Health.
2023Enjeux et difficultés de l’accès aux traitements pour la prise en charge de l’hépatite B chronique à Madagascar : étude qualitative auprès des soignants et personnes atteintes, Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique 2023 Jun; 71(4): 102088.
2023Strategic silences, eroded trust: The impact of divergent COVID-19 vaccine sentiments on healthcare workers’ relations with peers and patients, Vaccine . 2023 Jan 23;41(4):883-891.
2023Higher convergence of human-great ape enteric eukaryotic viromes in central African forest than in a European zoo: A One Health analysis, Nature Communications, In press, 14 (1), pp.3674. ⟨10.1038/s41467-023-39455-9⟩.
2022Conditionality of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in European countries, Vaccine, 2022 Feb; 40(9):1191-1197.
2021Doubt at the core: Unspoken vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers, Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2022 Jan;12:100289.
2021Rethinking the Infodemic: Social Media and Offline Action in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Socio-Life Science and the COVID-19 Outbreak. 2022:73-82..
2021The Impact of the Online COVID-19 Infodemic on French Red Cross Actors’ Field Engagement and Protective Behaviors: Mixed Methods Study, JMIR infodemiology. 2021 Oct 6;1(1):e27472..
2021Community engagement and vulnerability in infectious diseases: A systematic review and qualitative analysis of the literature., Soc Sci Med 2021 09; 284(): 114246.
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