01 Aug 2017
Establishment of the Regional Institute of Infectious diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance in Jordan

Establishment of the Regional Institute of Infectious diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance in Jordan

The Council of Higher Education has recently approved the establishment of the Regional Institute for Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance at the University of Science and Technology in Jordan, in collaboration with Purdue University, USA. The Institute will help Jordan, which is a committed partner in Global Health Security Agenda, to work in a coordinated way towards reduction of threats of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance in Jordan, the region, and the world.

The President of JUST, Professor Omar Al-Jarrah, noted that the establishment of this Institute is in line with the university strategic plans, and will bolster its pioneering role in responding to the urgent necessities for protecting human and animal health, and preserve the safety and security of food and the environment. This Regional Institute will revolutionize efforts to mitigate national, regional, and global threats of infectious diseases, provide rapid and effective regional responses, and strengthen Jordan's health capacities. For the first time, this Institute will provide the mechanisms and logistics to combine critical national and regional multidisciplinary expertise to facilitate research and training in infectious and zoonotic diseases, disease diagnosis, and vaccine development and immunology In addition, the Institute will facilitate rapid epidemiological surveillance, tracking, and response to emerging diseases and antibiotic resistance that increasingly has become a serious issue.

The institute will maximize the use of existing scientific expertise and equipment in areas of bacteriology, parasitology, virology, biological sciences, epidemiology, infectious diseases, statistics, immunology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, and public health. In addition, it will draw from strengths of multiple disciplines such as, infectious diseases, epidemiology, computer engineering, and data visualization to build capacity for electronic global, regional, and national tracking of epidemic, pandemic, and emerging diseases. The Institute will develop research agenda, coordinate input from diverse disciplines, and develop MS/PhD, certificates and diplomas training programs. In doing that, the Institute will contribute to strengthening capacity of countries in the Middle East to effectively respond to infectious diseases threats and contribute to the accelerated efforts to promote global health security agenda which is focusing of infectious disease threat reduction.

Further, the Institute will lead multidisciplinary teams and cooperate with national and regional offices of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to enhance global networking in order to address threats of infectious diseases. This coordination is expected to improve human and animal health, and meet global challenges of emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Al-Jarrah added that the establishment of this Institute is within the university's vision to serve the society, and provide innovations, and educate skillful professionals who will lead the societal efforts for growth and economic development. The Institute will strengthen the university global engagement as well as linking it with the industrial and health sectors in the Kingdom, the region, and the world.