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
Inception 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. Inception program uses Integrative Biology, Social Science […]
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
2017Improving communication about viral hepatitis in Africa, Lancet Infect Dis 2017 Jul;17(7):688-689.
2016Barriers to Linkage to Care for Hepatitis B Virus Infection: A Qualitative Analysis in Burkina Faso, West Africa, Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2016 Dec;95(6):1368-1375.
2015Seasonal Patterns of Buruli Ulcer Incidence, Central Africa, 2002-2012, Emerging Infect. Dis. 2015 Aug;21(8):1414-7.
2015HBV immunization and vaccine coverage among hospitalized children in Cameroon, Central African Republic and Senegal: a cross-sectional study, BMC Infect. Dis. 2015;15(1):267.
2015Home Care of Children With Diarrhea in Bangui’s Therapeutic Landscape (Central African Republic), Qual Health Res 2015 Feb;.
2015Incertitude, Hepatitis B, and Infant Vaccination in West and Central Africa, Med Anthropol Q 2015 Jan;.
2014The puzzle of Buruli ulcer transmission, ethno-ecological history and the end of “love” in the Akonolinga district, Cameroon, Soc Sci Med 2015 Mar;129:20-7.
2013Social History, Biology and the Emergence of HIV in Colonial Africa, JAH. 2013; 54,1: 11-30..
2012Death does not come from the forest, but from the village’: People, great apes, and disease in the equatorial African rain forest, Cahiers d’anthropologie sociale 08, ed. Frédéric Keck and Noellie Vialles (Paris: L’Herne, 2012), 119-136..
2012Low immune response to hepatitis B vaccine among children in Dakar, Senegal, PLoS ONE 2012;7(5):e38153.
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