Sustainable Sciences Institute
The Sustainable Sciences Institute (SSI) believes that by building local scientiﬁc capacity and human resources, one can help control and prevent infectious diseases and improve public health infrastructure and the health status of the population. Through education, training, and support of locally relevant scientiﬁc projects, SSI seeks to leverage the resources of the developed world to enhance the capacity and encourage the ingenuity of researchers in the developing world. By building local health research capacity, developing country researchers are empowered to reduce the burden of poverty and disease in their communities.
Since its inception in 1998, SSI and its precursor-training program have conducted 65 workshops and trained more than 1700 researchers from 27 developing world countries in the Americas and Africa in various state-of the-art techniques for cost-effective diagnosis and epidemiological analysis of relevant infectious diseases, as well as in grant preparation and manuscript writing. Another 1500 scientists have attended seminars and conferences during the workshops. SSI’s scientiﬁc capacity-building program has a four-pronged approach: workshops, material aid, small grants, and networking.
The Abundance Foundation is currently supporting three of SSI’s healthcare capacity-building projects in Latin America.
In addition to being the founder and president of the Sustainable Sciences Institute, Eva Harris is a Professor in the division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and Director of the Center for Global Public Health at UC Berkeley. Harris received a BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University in 1987 and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. After a post-doctoral fellowship and Assistant Adjunct Professorship at the University of California, San Francisco, Harris joined the faculty at UC Berkeley where she developed a multidisciplinary approach to study virology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of dengue fever, the most prevalent mosquito- borne viral disease in humans. In 1997, Harris received a MacArthur Fellowship for her pioneering work over the previous ten years developing programs and working to build scientific capacity in developing countries to address public health and infectious disease issues. To continue and expand this work, in 1998 Harris founded the Sustainable Sciences Institute, based in San Francisco, to improve public health in developing countries by building local capacity for scientific research on infectious diseases. Harris has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, in addition to reviews and book chapters and has presented at more than 400 guest lectures and scientific meetings in the field of dengue research.