Collaborating Sites and Partnerships

GWVRU Group Photo

Brazilian federal Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Brazil map and landscape display

The GW VRU has a long-standing relationship with researchers at the Instituto René Rachou (IRR) – a part of the Brazilian federal Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. 

IRR – FIOCRUZ has for the past several years conducted research into the understanding of the role of the immune response in the development of pathology in individuals infected with hookworm, Schistosoma mansoniAscaris lumbricoides, Dengue, Leishmania, leptospirosis, Toxoplasma gondii, and malaria, among other neglected tropical diseases (NTD). 

Together with MITM researchers, the IRR has established a field study site in Americaninhas, located in a rural area of the northeast region of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The field site includes a vaccine-testing center in the town for the conduct of vaccine and other clinical trials.

Location of the clinical trial site: 

The trial site is located in the town of Americaninhas (inset) in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (MG).  The clinical trial outpatient clinic building is shown in the lower left inset.

Other Collaborating Institutions 

  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at Children's National 
  • International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
  • Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) 
  • Rockefeller University 
  • Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Whitman-Walker Health (WWH)