Scientists hypothesize that some of the world’s most deadly emerging zoonotic diseases are found in bats, including Nipah, Hendra, and Marburg viruses.  However, because bats contribute significantly to the health and diversity of many environments around the world, a conservation-minded approach to their study is necessary.  There are a number of factors which could make bats unique disease reservoirs, including their social behavior, distinct physiology and metabolism, ability to travel long distances,

nocturnal activity, species diversity, and long life span. These special bat characteristics, coupled with the impact of human interactions and environmental changes, create research challenges to understanding the bat’s role in the global zoonotic disease ecology.  The Bat / One Health Research Network (BOHRN) is a global network of conservationists, disease ecologists, and clinical virologists who have organized to better understand how bat-borne disease threats filter through ecological systems.


Facilitate interdisciplinary relationships and collaboration to identify research goals and needs for bat-associated disease research and threat reduction


Unify BTRP regions to create a common action plan that yields collaborative and sustainable projects that achieve the following end states

Better informed policy-makers;

Better informed scientific community regarding funding targets and gaps in areas of research and development;

Better defined threat to global health security from bat-associated pathogens; and

Improved national, regional, and global capacity to detect and respond to pathogens of security concern


Enable better communication, coordination, and outreach at the research and conservation interface