WHO Collaborating Centre

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In 2015, EBOH was designated by the World Health Organization

The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health is the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Parasite Epidemiology and Control. 

In partnership with several McGill units, the centre disseminates knowledge and provides consultation to policy makers. Its aim is to decrease the burden of diseases associated with parasite infections worldwide. 

Training

At the request of the WHO,  the Collaborating Centre offers short courses and training opportunities to managers of control programmes on parasite control and related epidemiological and biostatistical methods.

Publications & documents

When requested, the Collaborating Centre contributes to WHO publications and documents of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Technical advice

The Collaborating Centre provides technical advice on research design, field methods and data analysis when requested by the WHO.

Links with other WHO CCs

The Collaborating Centre interacts with other WHO CCs on priority needs in parasite prevention and control, particularly related to epidemiological and biostatistical methods. 

Dr. Theresa Gyorkos has been named Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Centre (CC) for Research and Training in Parasite Epidemiology and Control. 

This is a renewable four-year designation based in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupation Health at McGill University.  The current term is from November 2015 to November 2019.

Dr. Theresa Gyorkos (Director, WHO CC on Parasite Epidemiology and Control) was a member of the WHO Guidelines Group who re-confirmed the global public health importance of soil-transmitted helminth infection and deworming as a cost-effective means of reducing its disease burden (see press release September 29, 2017).