UAB-South Asia International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH)

Background

The UAB-South Asia International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH) is a collaborative research training effort with the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi, Pakistan, the Manipal University (MU) in Manipal, India, and the University of Kelaniya (UK) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This program focuses on etiologic and intervention research, as applied to the mitigation of environmental and occupational health (EOH) hazards in the South Asia region. 

This program, initiated in 2001 as a UAB-AKU partnership, has resulted in the establishment of a core group of researchers/trainers, pilot research in the areas of heavy metals, air pollution (outdoor and indoor) and pesticides, a formal EOH certificate program at AKU, and the expansion of regional collaborations with other countries, including India and Sri Lanka.

Accomplishments

  • expanding pilot projects to major research projects
  • broadening research focus to include intervention research
  • encouraging new pilot research initiatives
  • development of an EOH graduate degree program at AKU and Epidemiology/EOH graduate programs at MU and UK