The Gabon-Oregon Center promotes research, education and partnerships to address urgent public health concerns. We work with faculty and scientists from both Gabon and Oregon's top medical schools and centers, such as Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland and the Institute of Agronomy and Biotechnologies (INSAB) in Franceville.

IBRO Conference

Neuroscience Conference in the DRC

In September 2015, the Gabon-Oregon Center proudly co-sponsored a conference in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in partnership with the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and Professor Desire Tshala-Katumbay of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Rural Gabon

Mobile Phone Health Network for Young Women in Gabon

The Mobile Phone Health Network for Young Women in Rural Gabon (mHealth Gabon for short) will equip and enable young women to collect and disseminate health-related information using mobile telecommunications in ways that support disease surveillance, advance public health, and provide improved treatment options for remote rural populations. The feasibility study planned for Gabon is scalable and can serve as a model for similar initiatives throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

IBRO Conference

Diabetes Drug Development and Childhood Brain Disease Prevention

The Gabon-Oregon Center recently launched a new study to explore novel diabetes drug development and childhood brain disease. OHSU Professor and Senior Scientist, Dr. Peter Spencer, who traveled to Gabon in August 2015, and the Director General of the National Institute of Agronomy and Biotechnologies in Gabon, Mr. Alain Souza, are studying the ackee fruit, native to tropical West Africa, including Gabon, and its potential effects on local populations who consume it.