Consortium Members

Amsterdam Institute for Global Health & Development (AIGHD)

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is an international research and education institute that works to develop sustainable solutions to major health problems. By taking a problem-oriented approach, AIGHD transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines and integrates three fundamental activities into one institute:

  • Research
  • education & capacity building
  • policy & impact


AIGHD was initiated as a partnership between the Amsterdam UMC, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Today, it is a dynamic research and education institute that thrives on intense collaboration among experts from multiple disciplines including biomedicine, economics and social and behavioral sciences. With its interdisciplinary and translational approach, AIGHD addresses the most critical medical, social, economic and political challenges in global health and development that cut across national and political borders.

To realize its vision of ‘‘access to high quality health care for all’’, AIGHD closely collaborates with implementing partners and organizations from both public and private sectors around the globe. AIGHD works by linking expertise, resources and programs from organizations involved in health-related research, education, capacity building and policy making, bringing a ‘delivery perspective’ to health research and a ‘quality aspect’ to health care services.

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)

The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) produces independent, multidisciplinary research to advance the health and wellbeing of human populations around the world.

CDDEP was founded with the objective of using research to support better decision-making in health policy. CDDEP researchers employ a range of expertise—including economics, epidemiology, disease modeling, risk analysis, and statistics—to conduct actionable, policy-oriented research on malaria, antibiotic resistance, disease control priorities, environmental health, alcohol and tobacco, and other global health issues.

CDDEP projects are global in scope, spanning Africa, Asia, and North America and include scientific studies and policy engagement. The CDDEP team is experienced in addressing country-specific and regional issues, as well as the local and global aspects of global challenges, such as antibiotic resistance and pandemic influenza. CDDEP research is notable for innovative approaches to design and analysis, which are shared widely through publications, presentations and web-based programs.

CDDEP has offices in Washington, D.C. and New Delhi, India and relies on a distinguished team of scientists, public health experts, and economists around the world.

National Research Council of Italy - Institute for Applied Computing "M. Picone"(CNR-IAC)

The National Research Council of Italy (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences.

The team of the CNR will be composed by researchers working at the Istituto per la Applicazioni del Calcolo “M. Picone” (IAC). The IAC, the eldest CNR-Institute, founded in 1927. The specific mission of the Institute is “to develop highly advanced mathematical, statistical and computational methods in order to solve, in a mostly interdisciplinary contest, problems with strong relevance to society and industry”.

Daugavpils University, Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, Mathematical Research Center

Daugavpils University is the largest regional state university in Latvia. DU’s mission is to promote the development of a sustainable society by implementing international-level fundamental and applied scientific research and providing quality education. Daugavpils University has five faculties and two scientific institutes. One of them is the Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, it is involved in interdisciplinary research, integrating biology, nanotechnology, physics, mathematics, environmental sciences and engineering and generating products for a bio-based economy. The research directions of ILST represent the main fields of science, the research carried out by the researchers of the institute is diverse.

The Mathematical Research Center performs modelling, analysis and optimization of economic and production processes: development of systems and process models, numerical and qualitative analysis, continuous and discrete optimization.

Researchers in the departments of biology carry out various studies in the genetics, molecular biology, morphology and ecology of groups of living organisms. The Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Evolution studies the mechanisms of individual variation in behavioural and immunological responses and population regulation. The Department of Ecology implements ecosystem research and works on the development of innovative biotechnology technologies. Research in the field of parasitology has also been carried out on the distribution and occurrence of parasitic organisms in various food and wild animals.

Researchers in the Department of Technology are engaged in scientific research in areas such as nanotechnology, holography, thin film research, industrial methods of laser processing of materials, programming of industrial equipment and robots, etc. The Department of Applied Chemistry conducts fundamental and applied research in the fields of inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry, concentrating research results in the development of new innovative materials (eg fluorescent materials) and methods.

Instituto de Salud Carlos III, National Centre for Microbiology

The Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Institute of Health Carlos III, ISCIII) is the main Public Research Entity funding, managing and carrying out biomedical research in Spain. It is the body responsible for managing Spain’s Health Research and Development Strategy within the framework of the National R+D+I Plan. The National Centre for Microbiology (NCM) is one of the centres belonging to the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, giving scientific and technical support to the General State Administration, the Autonomous Communities and the National Health System (SNS), as stipulated in the General Law on Health and the Statute of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III. The NCM’s specific function is the control of infectious diseases, for which it offers diagnosis and reference services, also maintaining research programmes, both basic and applied, related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these illnesses. NCM houses the Spanish National Reference Laboratory for N. gonorrhoeae which has a long-standing track record in microbiological surveillance (serological and molecular characterization) and antimicrobial resistance research in N. gonorrhoeae.