Dr. Richard L. Guerrant is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Health.
He and his wife, Nancy, have contributed years of service to support education, development and international opportunities for Global Health practitioners. Dr. Guerrant's pioneering work in Infectious Disease has produced over 500 peer-reviewed publications. He has sustained collaborative training programs with multiple partners, most notably the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil, which has supported collaborative mentoring for a highly productive cohort of global health leaders.
In 2015, NRLG awardee, Anna Long, working under the collaboraative mentorship of UVA-Mbarara site director, Christopher Moore, MD, researchers at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Médicins sans Frontières supperted Epicentre Mbarara Research Base (Epicentre), focused on drug resistance in the malaria endemic region of Southwestern Uganda. A better understanding of the presence of drug resistance will inform local/regional malaria epidemiology and in turn improve public health policies and clinical practices.
The 2014 Nancy and Richard L. Guerrant Center for Global Health Scholar Award designee was Mary Namugosa, CLAS, whose work focused on a community study of the prevalence of non-plasmodium falciparum malaria in Southwestern Uganda using PCR analysis of blood slides.
The inaugural Nancy and Richard L. Guerrant Center for Global Health Scholar Award designee was John Burns, College of Arts and Sciences: Echols Scholar Interdisciplinary Major - Global Health Economics Major and Mathematics minor, who conducted a comparative analysis of Micro-Health Insurance in Rural Tanzania.