Fireside Chats

MSc-GH Takes the Learning Outdoors: “Fireside Chats”

October 21, 2014

On a crisp fall night in central Durham, DGHI members huddle around a fire pit, roasting marshmallows, and discussing the challenges inherent to life in the global health field. Known as “Fireside Chats,” these discussions offer global health masters students, professors, and alumni a rare opportunity to share knowledge and experiences outside of the classroom.

Melissa Watt, Associate Director of Master of Science in Global Health, initiated DGHI’s Fireside Chats to facilitate conversations between graduate students and their professors, moving beyond the formal communication barriers of the classroom setting. Around the fire, students have a chance to interact with global health faculty on a more personal level.

Brandon Kohrt Performing GMH Research

DGHI’s commitment to Global Mental Health: The Global Mental Health Initiative

October 21, 2014

At DGHI, the recently founded Global Mental Health (GMH) Initiative strives to provide research-founded ideas to bring awareness and transformation to these mental health disorders. This Initiative promotes a campus-wide collaborative environment across topics such as depression, substance use, maternal and reproductive health, trauma, refugees and many more. Our faculty members represent numerous approaches to address interdisciplinary research needed to effectively diagnose, treat, and develop mental health systems of care. 

Under the leadership of the GMH Initiative’s director, Kathleen Sikkema, the Initiative contributes to the university’s learning of GMH through funding pilot studies and hosting speaker series. Recently, the Initiative funded three studies which are all supported by DGHI Faculty: Joanna Maselko and Brandon Kohrt, Lauren Franz, and Eric Green. The speaker series begins this month with Chris Underhill on Wednesday, October 29th at 4:00 in Trent Room 040. Underhill will present how he grew BasicNeeds into a well-known organization in the field of global health. 


Student Publications

Professional and Graduate Global Health Student Publications

October 21, 2014

DGHI professional and graduate global health students have taken their classroom knowledge into the field, developing research studies on topics ranging from infectious disease to nutrition. Today, DGHI is pleased to highlight the publications of former professional and graduate students: Stephen Kimani, Christopher De Boer, Janeil Belle, Aaloke Mody, and Sarah Bartz. The application of their knowledge to important health issues can have a significant impact on the field of global health. 

Uganda malnutrition unit

DGHI Awards Pilot Funds for Global Health Work in Uganda

October 14, 2014

The Duke Global Health Institute is pleased to fund two projects that will test a novel screening technology among malnourished children and conduct a national survey on the prevalence of surgically treatable conditions. The DGHI pilot grants have been awarded to Duke faculty Michael Freemark and Michael Haglund.

David Toole in the classroom

DGHI Welcomes New Faculty

October 14, 2014

A growing number of faculty members, from within Duke and around the world, have joined the Duke Global Health Institute this fall. They bring to DGHI expertise across a variety of disciplines and specialties, including women’s health, engineering, psychiatry and One Health. These faculty members further fuel the Institute’s priorities of training the next generation of leaders and making important research discoveries in global health. New faculty include: Joy Baumgartner, Subhashini Chandrasekharan, Janet Prvu Bettger, Marc Deshusses, Lauren Franz, Greg Gray, Michel Landry, Neil Prose, David Toole, David Walmer, and Lijing Yan.

Global Health Showcase 2013

Join us at the Third Annual Global Health Showcase

October 14, 2014

On the night of October 22 at the Great Hall, Trent Semans Center for Health Education, dozens of Duke students will share their fieldwork and research experiences at the Global Health Showcase. Please join our Duke trainees, faculty, staff and friends for an evening of presentation, discussion and reflection.  

Guatemala team

Students Call Investment in Global Health Fieldwork 'Invaluable'

October 06, 2014

Each summer, dozens of Duke students embark on fieldwork projects in places like Africa, South America and Southeast Asia through the DGHI Student Research Training (SRT) Program.  It’s an experiential learning program for sophomores and juniors that distinguishes itself by its yearlong commitment to global health research. Students returning from the field say the SRT program is an invaluable experience that is broadening their perspectives and preparing them for their careers.

So Discusses Drug Innovation Crisis at World Trade Organization

October 06, 2014

The Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) organized a panel at the World Trade Organization Public Forum last week on new approaches in university management of intellectual property. The panel gathered a diverse panel of experts, including DGHI faculty member Anthony So, who gave their take on possible solutions to less innovation and higher prices of drugs, and the role of publicly-funded research.

Merson and Woods conference call with Washington

DGHI Experts Brief US Congressional Staff on Ebola

October 06, 2014

Global health and infectious disease experts Michael Merson and Chris Woods briefed staff from the United States Congress via conference call Thursday on the state of Ebola in the US following the nation’s first confirmed case. Nearly two dozen congressional staff participated in the conference call briefing, which was facilitated by the Duke Office of Federal Relations from their office based in Washington DC.

KCMC group photo

Tracking the Work of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College Graduates

October 03, 2014

Capacity Plus features their work related to a joint project of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College and the Duke Global Health Institute. KCMC and DGHI are working to strengthen medical education for Tanzanian students through a $10 million US-funded grant as part of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).