GW's Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (MITM) conducts innovative fundamental and translational research and development for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). MITM has a strong tradition of training and policy advocacy for these infectious and parasitic diseases, which initiate and perpetuate poverty and suffering, worldwide. Signature programs in the department focus on the study of HIV/AIDS, toxoplasmosis, helminth infections and helminth-induced cancers, among other programs.
MITM hosts the clinical immunology laboratory and clinical trials unit of the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership, (Sabin PDP), an Albert B Sabin Vaccine Institute-funded partnership that transitions new vaccine antigens for NTDs and NIoP from discovery and product development into clinical trials and through the full clinical development cycle.
MITM has created a sustainable foundation for long-term research and state-of-the-art training through the following core competencies:
- A core of 12 faculty members conducting research on NTDs and NIoP with papers appearing in the world's highest impact journals.
- A complex and multidisciplinary research portfolio with approximately $8 million annually in sponsored research supported both by federal and non-federal agencies.
- An experienced research team with a diverse range of expertise and skills, which is supported by a program management group and specialized dedicated facilities able to support complex research initiatives.
- Educational curricula adapted for the needs of training a new cadre of infectious disease researchers, physicians, and health professionals.