UVG is a non-profit, private university offering research opportunities in HIV, emerging infectious diseases, environmental health and nutrition. Since 2010, investigators at UC San Diego have collaborated with UVG researchers at the Center for Health Studies (CES) on a NIDA-funded R01 exploring rising substance use and its association with HIV at the Guatemala/Mexico border.
Because of the area's potentially strategic importance in infectious disease transmission, the UC San Diego-UVG collaboration has expanded to include a number of studies focusing on health issues related to migrants, sex work and sex trafficking, barriers to healthcare faced by men who have sex with men, and molecular studies to improve understanding of regional HIV transmission dynamics and antiretroviral drug resistance.
Since 2008, UCSF has collaborated with CES in environmental health, specifically the impact of air pollution exposures from cooking stoves during pregnancy and early infancy National Institute of Environmental Health Studies -funded R21; future UM1).
UVG has a long-standing collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in conjunction with the Guatemalan Ministry of Health (MoH), evaluating national prevention efforts related to vector-borne, arbovirus and emerging infectious diseases. Other CES-CDC efforts include pneumococcal and other vaccine trials. New areas of investigation focus on the detection of the chagas and zika viruses.
CES investigators include faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at UVG who have become a resource for public health surveillance activities, outbreak investigation and field epidemiology training at the Guatemalan MoH and throughout Central America.