Officials from Yale and the National Capodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in Greece have entered into a partnership agreement to further develop a center of excellence for environmental sciences and public health. The collaboration will engage research groups at the two universities to work collaboratively to address the effects on humans and the ecosystem of hazardous agents, including environmental pathogens.
The integration of science, engineering and policy to solve complex environmental health problems will be a signature element of the proposed collaboration. Faculty development programs are envisioned to explore collaborative research projects, training and mentoring activities. Exchanges of graduate and post-graduate students and joint conferences and workshops between the two institutions will also be explored.
Yale Vice President for Global Strategy Pericles Lewis said, “I am delighted that we have formalized this new partnership agreement between Yale and NKUA. Together, our researchers will have the opportunity to contribute to global solutions to today’s most pressing environmental and public health challenges. Our collaboration with NKUA is an example of how we are fostering new avenues of research that can benefit communities around the world. “
NKUA Rector Meletios Dimopoulos, MD said: “Protecting the environment is becoming one of the most important tasks of states and societies; the role of academic institutions is to promote research on this subject so that innovative measures can be implemented. Our institution’s collaboration with Yale through this new center of excellence aims to achieve this goal. “
This newly signed partnership agreement between Yale and NKUA will expand existing collaborations in these research areas that the two sides have developed with several other universities around the world. The main collaborators of the project are Vasilis Vasiliou, Professor of Epidemiology Susan Dwight Bliss and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health, and Nikolaos Thomaidis, Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Coordinator of Research Infrastructure and central facilities at NKUA.
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According to Vasiliou, the partnership agreement will significantly improve research and training efforts to tackle global threats to public health. He noted: “As threats to public health increase, it is important that we develop global approaches to maintain and improve public health for all. Thomaidis also commented on the partnership, saying that “a long-term and productive scientific collaboration with Professor Vasiliou’s group at the School of Public Health resulted in the idea of developing this center of excellence.” We anticipate that the Center will strengthen our partnership with Yale and demonstrate how fruitful and close research collaborations can expand our efforts to solve issues that affect everyone, regardless of their country. “
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