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Durham University

The Anthro-Zoonoses Network

Tamara Giles-Vernick

Tamara Giles-Vernick conducts research at the interstices of medical anthropology and ethnohistory (historical research using anthropological tools), investigating infectious disease transmission and global health interventions in Africa. Giles-Vernick is currently leading a multidisciplinary study examining the changing nature of human contact with great apes and monkeys in three equatorial African sites (in Cameroon, Gabon, and Democratic Republic of Congo) and the health consequences of that contact. This study brings together a team of anthropologists, historians, geographers, and virologists in France, Cameroun, Gabon and the United States.

Selected publications:

Narat, V., Alcayna-Stevens, L., Rupp, S. & Giles-Vernick, T. 2017. Rethinking Human–Nonhuman Primate Contact and Pathogenic Disease Spillover. EcoHealth 14: 840-850. doi:10.1007/s10393-017-1283-4.

Rupp, S., Ambata, P., Narat, V., & Giles-Vernick, T. 2016. Beyond the Cut Hunter: A Historical Epidemiology of HIV Beginnings in Central Africa. EcoHealth 13: 661-671. doi:10.1007/s10393-016-1189-6.

Giles-Vernick, T., Bainilago, L., Fofana, M., Bata, P. & Vray, M. 2016. Home Care of Diarrheal Children in Bangui’s Therapeutic Landscape (Central African Republic). Qualitative Health Research 26(2):164-175. doi:10.1177/1049732315570117.

Giles-Vernick, T., Owona-Ntsama, J., Landier, J. & Eyangoh, S. 2015. The puzzle of Buruli ulcer transmission, ethno- ecological history and the end of "love" in the Akonolinga district, Cameroon. Social Science & Medicine 129: 20-27.

Giles-Vernick, T., Gondola, C.D., Lachenal, G. & Schneider, W.S. 2013. Social History, Biology and the Emergence of HIV in Colonial Africa. Journal of African History 54(1): 11-30.