Global Health Doctoral Scholar Sarah Diringer recently presented her work on the environmental impact of mercury at “Investigation Forum: Mercury and Public Health in Madre de Dios” in Madre de Dios, a region in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Hosted by the Amazon National University of Madre de Dios, the event was coordinated by an organizing committee that included representatives from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). The goal of the forum was to disseminate current research about mercury contamination in the region with scientists, government officials, healthcare workers and other community stakeholders and explore implications of the research findings on local public policy and practice.
This week, the Duke School of Medicine is hosting its third annual weeklong Health Policy and Global Health course for second-year Duke medical students. The event is coordinated by Michel Landry, Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and DGHI affiliate faculty member; DGHI’s Dennis Clements, senior advisor and director of medical school programs; and Laura Bey, assistant director of DGHI undergraduate and medical school programs. Paula Alford from the School of Medicine is the course coordinator. The course introduces key concepts in health care economics, domestic and global health, and health policy. Presenters include several DGHI faculty members and affiliates—director Michael Merson, Rukmini Balu, Alex Cho, Dennis Clements, Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan, Michel Landry, Catherine Station, Krishna Udayakumar and Yousuf Zafar—as well as other Duke faculty and staff, community stakeholders and a health care attorney.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) offers Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) students funding for professional development activities. This fall, several MSc-GH students took advantage of this opportunity to attend conferences throughout the United States. Ten different conferences were attended by MSc-GH students, from local forums at Duke and UNC to USAID's TechCon in California.
On December 8, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Triangle Global Health Consortium co-hosted “Ebola NC: Local Response – Global Impact,” a half-day conference at the NC Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, NC. Chris Woods, director of the Master of Science in Global Health and director of graduate studies at DGHI, was scheduled to co-present a talk with David Weber, professor of medicine, pediatrics, and epidemiology at UNC, but Woods was unable to attend. Woods and Weber planned to discuss the collaborative efforts between Duke and UNC to respond to Ebola in West Africa and prepare for Ebola treatment in the Triangle area; in Woods’ absence, Weber summarized UNC’s involvement in the Ebola crisis. Woods’ work with regard to Ebola will focus on conducting clinical trials of therapeutic agents.
On Thursday, December 4, Randall Kramer, DGHI deputy director, co-presented a malaria research dissemination workshop in Dar es Salaam. Other presenters included Adriane Lesser, research analyst at DGHI, and colleagues from the University of Michigan, North Carolina State University, University of Texas at Dallas and the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania. The goal of the workshop was to disseminate results and gather feedback from key stakeholders on the progress of the malaria research as well as next steps in the project. Presenters summarized the outcomes of household surveys, focus groups and interviews, and shared intervention results and information about a new larviciding project.
The Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) is one of the first programs of its kind in the United States, and has been called one of the top global health programs in the country by experts in the field of global health. Emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, a research experience, and mentorship from renowned faculty, the program attracts students from a variety of academic backgrounds and provides a unique educational experience drawing on the strength of Duke University. Forty percent of this year’s incoming class was from outside the U.S., offering a culturally diverse learning environment.
Students in David Boyd’s Fundamentals of Global Health course this semester were challenged to create a social marketing video for the World Health Organization (WHO) Chinese social media video competition on tobacco control. The winning video will be posted on the WHO China official website and the students in the winning team will gain the opportunity to work with the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) team on future social media projects in China. This unique opportunity for Duke and Peking University students to create social media that has the potential to affect China policy on tobacco control was initiated by Jiani Sun, a DGHI Master of Science in Global Health alumnus and current National Professional Officer of TFI.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research (CHIPR) are pleased to announce new grants for health research to evaluate existing healthcare solutions as well as implement innovative methods for education. The diversity of the three grants, awarded to Duke faculty by outside funding agencies, demonstrate Duke’s commitment to a broad range of local and global research.
Yesterday DGHI students and the Duke student group Partners In Health Engage (PIH | Engage at Duke) organized a screening of DeepSouth, a documentary exploring the lives of those affected by HIV in the American south, to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. Focusing on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the rural South—a place typically forgotten when discussing this topic—DeepSouth gives audiences a first-hand look at the daily struggles of HIV-infected patients who live outside the system. DGHI and PIH students organized the screening to generate interest among the Duke community in HIV/AIDS research. After the screening, there was a live-stream with the director and cast members providing the audience members the unique opportunity to tweet in questions and further explore the social injustices discussed in the film.
Global health leaders from around the world gathered for the third Global Health Institutional Partnership Network Meeting last week in Kunshan, China, where the new Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is located. Building on the charge from the inaugural Network meeting in the fall of 2012 – improving health and reducing health disparities worldwide while advancing global health education and fostering global health research collaborations – network partners reported on progress on a number of fronts from the past two years.