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Cerebro – Center for Global Health

One Health as an integrated approach to achieving global health.

Committed to achieve sustainable and equitable health for humans, animals and the environment nationally and globally through research, education and global partnership.

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COLLABORATION

Our efforts are facilitated by strong national, international and global partnerships and collaborations between various organizations, all working together to explore the intricate nature of disease dynamics.

Education

We are also dedicated to provide university level students, recent graduates and post graduates, of all nationalities an opportunity to gain work experience through our various internship and training programs in Nepal.

Internships & Training Programmes

Our internship program is structured to suit the needs and interests of interns within the field of global one health research and practice.We offer exciting field work opportunities for students interested in gaining experience of working in communities in Nepal - in teams and across disciplines.

Our training program offers laboratory-based activities for students interested in gaining work experience within the fields of disease detection, molecular forensics, eDNA metabarcoding and NextGen DNA sequencing technologies and genetic research.

Our team

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Dibesh Karmacharya, PhD

Director

Dibesh Karmacharya has a Conservation Biology degree from Wayne State College, USA and a PhD on Conservation and Microbiome Genetics from Griffith University, Australia. He worked extensively in the US for Caliper Lifesciences in New Jersey as a research scientist (transgenic animal models). He promoted Genomics and Proteomics technology platforms for GE Healthcare Lifesciences in the US and Canada. He founded the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN), a wildlife genetics and clinical epidemiology research center and is the Chairman and Executive Director of the Organization. He also founded Intrepid Nepal Pvt. Ltd.-a molecular diagnostics-based Biotechnology Company, and Intrepid Cancer Diagnostics-a leading cancer diagnostic laboratory. He leads several innovative researches in Nepal including building Nepal’s first genetic database of wild tigers through Nepal Tiger Genome Project. He is the Principal Investigator of PREDICT Nepal project-an emerging pandemic threat project.

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Dr. Prasana khatiwoda, MBBS, MSc-GH

Global Health Expert

Prasana earned her MSc in Global Health from Duke University, USA and her MBBS from Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara. She is passionate about research studies involving the impact of determinants of health – social, economic, policy/political, environmental - on health outcomes among vulnerable populations. With a strong clinical as well as social science research background, Prasana is involved in various global health research projects and programs at Cerebro.

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Adarsh Man Sherchan

Project Manager

Adarsh is experienced in conservation genetics of Royal Bengal Tigers, Snow Leopards, Himalayan Wolves and aquatic biodiversity, he currently leads the Trishuli Aquatic Biodiversity Study with the World Bank Group (Washington) and Fish Biodiversity Assessment of Karnali River with PAANI/USAID. Mr. Sherchan is a molecular biologist by training (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) and is particularly interested in genetic profiling of biodiversity components in Nepal for application-based purposes (molecular forensics, eDNA). As Operations head, he looks after the multidisciplinary aspect of CMDN’s research profile (Public Health, Conservation Genetics, Diagnostics) to bring new challenging projects to the organization.

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Ajit Poudel

Public Health Expert

Ajit Poudel completed both Public Health degree (MPH) from Queensland University of Technology and undergraduate in Biomolecular Science from Griffith University in Australia. He is passionate about research involving studies of disease dynamics in vulnerable populations, increasing burden of non-communicable diseases in developing countries like Nepal, as well as impact of climate change on various aspects of community, especially in changing epidemiology of diseases in previously unaffected regions. He has been actively involved in numerous public health projects including community-level zoonotic disease surveillance, integrated biological and behavioral study of HIV/AIDS throughout Nepal, monitoring and evaluating satisfaction of family planning services among marginalized women, and Nepal’s first prevalence survey of tuberculosis. He is also involved in designing of studies, survey tools, and training of field staff.

Researcher

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Rajesh Man Rajbhandari

Rajesh Man Rajbhandari is one of the lead researchers in Centre for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) and Intrepid Nepal Pvt Ltd (INPL) and is involved in various studies carried out by the organization.Rajesh is experienced in various research areas including social health, biodiversity and One Health, together with policy-focused research topics. He is also adept at coordinating and collaborating with various governmental, non-governmental, private and public institutes in the fields of research, as well as social marketing.

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Manisha Bista, MPH

Manisha Bista specializes in Public Health, One Health and Bio-security and has been coordinating emerging disease surveillance study at various communities and hospitals in Nepal. Her interest is in One Health related research using latest technologies to identify and resolve health related issues in both human and animals in rural and urban communities. Currently she is leading disease surveillance effort under PREDICT-Nepal project which is a part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Preparedness Program- the objective of the project is to screen viral pathogens with pandemic potential in humans, animals and wildlife. Her other interest is study of HPV burden in community, she is also involved in program planning and development under CMDN/INPL in collaboration with national and international stakeholders.

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Dr. Sameer M Dixit, PhD

Dr. Dixit is one of the founders of Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (Vice Chair/ Head of research) and Intrepid Nepal Pvt Ltd (Chair/ Director of Research). He is a biomedical research scientist and holds postgraduate degrees in Immunology and Recombinant DNA Technology and a doctorate in the field of probiotics. He has been actively involved in various academic and programmatic research of public health importance in Nepal, together with multiple local and global collaborators. His research interest focuses on infectious diseases of Nepal. Dr. Dixit is also an editor for international book publication and has edited several peer reviewed scientific publications. He is an advisor to Ministry of Science and Technology for the Government of Nepal as well asan advisor to the Health Minsterof the countryregarding antimicrobial resistance.

Our Partners

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Geraldine Werhahn

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford

Geraldine is working on the phylogeny, ecology and conservation of the Himalayan wolf. She applies a multi-disciplinary ecosystem approach to advance the conservation of the high-altitude wildlife community. For this she combines different scientific disciplines with local cultural knowledge, raises public awareness, and provides scientific advice to recommend policy changes.

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Arvind Varsani

Associate Professor

Biodesign Center for Fundamental
and Applied Microbiomics Arizona State University, USA

Arvind Varsani is a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to the Antarctic. His research uses a combination of traditional virology, microscopy (including transmission electron microscopy), molecular and cellular biology techniques in conjunction with modern sequencing techniques, synthetic biology and bioinformatics to characterize viruses and understand their dynamics.

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Claudia Wultsch, PhD

Research Fellow

Bioinformatics Core Infrastructure Laboratory, Weill Cornell Medicine/Hunter College City University Of New York Sackler Institute For Comparative Genomics, American Museum Of Natural History

Claudia Wultsch received her PhD in Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech in 2013 and did postdoctoral work at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History and with Panthera. She is a wildlife scientist with a broad interest in ecology and conservation of mammals and has 15 years of experience working with mammalian carnivores in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She applies cutting-edge technologies and innovative research approaches in the field and laboratory to implement interdisciplinary research projects on carnivores facing landscape and/or climate change. She currently studies host-microbiome associations in free-ranging carnivore populations providing novel insights into carnivore biology with broad applications for conservation and management.

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Eric Alm, PhD

Lab Website: almlab.mit.edu

MIT Department of Biological Engineering

Eric Alm earned his Bachelors from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), his Masters from the University of California (Riverside), and his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle). He held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California (Berkeley) and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab before joining the faculty at MIT. His research group is an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, computational biologists, molecular biologists, and microbial ecologists.

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Paulo C Alves

Associate Professor

University of Porto

Associate Professor at University of Porto, Affiliate Professor at University of Montana, and senior researcher at CIBIO/UP, Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, where he heads the Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Management group. His main research field is conservation and molecular ecology of mammals species, in particular lagomorphs (rabbits and hares), small mammals and carnivores. Recent research projects focus on developing and using genetic non-invasive sampling for studying rare or elusive animals (e.g. carnivores, small mammals), and studying the population dynamics and ecology of managed and threatened species. Author of over 150 scientific publications, including books, book chapters, and papers in peer-reviewed journals (SCI). Associate editor of the European Journal of Wildlife Research, Member of the Lagomorph Specialist Group from UICN and president of the WLS - World Lagomorph Society.

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Prof. Dr. Christian Gortázar

Head

SaBio (Sanidad y Biotecnología) research group, National Wildlife Research Institute IREC (CSIC-Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha) Spain.

Christian Gortazar (San Sebastián, 1967) got a Degree in Veterinary Sciences at Universidad de Zaragoza, in 1990, and a PhD at the same University in 1997. Since 1999, he is Professor at IREC, a multidisciplinary research institute dealing with conservation and management of wildlife and their habitats (www.SaBio-IREC.com). His lecturing on wildlife diseases is part of IRECs MSc and PhD programs, where he has mentored >20 successful international PhD students. He has acted as principal researcher in numerous grants and contracts on wildlife epidemiology and disease control. Coauthor of >300 scientific publications, his research interests include viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases of wildlife, with emphasis on the epidemiology and control of relevant infections shared with livestock and humans, such as tuberculosis. http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-7918-2012

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Prof. José de la Fuente

Professor

SaBio. Instituto de Investigación
en Recursos Cinegéticos,
IREC (CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) Spain

Research Interests Infectious diseases. Systems biology of host-vector-pathogen interactions, gene regulation, pathogenesis, functional genomics, evolution and immunology. Ticks and tick-borne diseases. Intracellular bacteria (Rickettsia, Mycobacteria, Brucella). Vaccinology. Biotechnology.

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Prof. Venugopal Nair OBE

Expertise in Innovations in Avian Disease control

Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom

Venugopal obtained his PhD in Veterinary Medicine from Chennai, India. He started his research career in virology at Oxford University before moving to the Pirbright Institute https://www.pirbright.ac.uk/users/prof-venugopal-nair-obe His group uses innovative approaches in developing state of the art vaccines and diagnostics for controlling avian diseases. Prof. Nair also holds Visiting Professorship positions at Oxford University Department of Zoology http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/people/view/nair_v.htm, Imperial College London http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/people/v.nair and University of Liverpool. He is also a Jenner Investigator http://www.jenner.ac.uk/jenner-researchers/researcher/venugopal-nair. He has extensive international collaborations through Global Alliance for Research on Avian Diseases (www.garad.org) and UK-China Centre of Excellence for Research on Avian Diseases http://www.uk-china-cerad.org/.

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Ursula Hofle Hansen, PhD

Profesor Contratado Doctor/Researcher

Avian Pathology - Avian Diseases Section SaBio (Sanidad y Biotecnología) research group National Wildlife Research Institute IREC (CSIC-Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha) Spain

I have a wide interest in infectious diseases of wild birds, especially those of importance for conservation and for transmission at the Wildlife-livestock interface.

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Prof. Herbert Prins

Professor in Resource Ecology

Wageningen University& Research, Netherlands

Prof. Herbert Prins is a professor in Resource Ecology at Wageningen University and leads his research and teaching group of about 50 persons. He was Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Princeton University (USA), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, (Australia), University of Natal (South Africa), Foundation Fellow and Visiting Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia). He received the Aldo Leopold Award (2010), was appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau by Royal Decree of HM The Queen Beatrix (2002), and Officer in the Order of the Golden Arkbestowed by HRH Prince Bernhard (2001).He represented The Netherlands and the European Union at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and drafted the UN Principles for the Ecosystem Approach and the UN Principles for Sustainable Use. He is the advisor to Welgevonden Game Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa and is on the Boards of a number of organizations and Chairman of a company working on security issues.

He has (co-)authored about 470 publications, co-edited 12 books and has written 1 book. Much of his work has been on large mammal assemblages, animal ecology, wildlife management and conservation mainly in the tropics.

About Us

Cerebro – Center for Global Health, is committed to tackle today’s pressing global health problems by improving the health of humans, animals and the environment in Nepal, and globally.

The last 30 years have seen a rise in infectious diseases, among which 70% are known to be zoonotic in nature. Communicable diseases remain the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in Nepal - imposing a substantial health and economic burden on the most vulnerable populations, perpetuating poverty, discrimination, inequality and conflict. Moreover, diverse climatic conditions, geographical variations and rapid urbanization make the country prone to several emerging and re-emerging life threatening human infectious diseases that have huge epidemic and pandemic potentials.

At Cerebro, we recognize that to solve such complex global health problems and work towards achieving the global health agendas we require an inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary, and trans-national approach that focuses on detecting the root cause of infectious diseases and how to treat them effectively and prevent them from spreading. Therefore, we embrace the concept of One Health to foster deeper understanding of health and disease, and their determinants by exploring disease dynamics at the interface of humans, animals and the environment.

What it Global Health?

Global Health is “an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide”

What is One Health?

One Health is “the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment”

Vision and Mission

Vision

Our vision is to achieve sustainable and equitable health for humans, animals and the environment nationally and globally.

Mission

Cerebro recognizes that complex global health challenges demand inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary, and trans-national solutions. Our mission is to meet these challenges by operationalizing the One Health approach to advance global health research and practice, education and collaboration across the country and worldwide.........

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