A couple months ago, people may not have heard of Ebola. But today, news of the largest Ebola outbreak in history is leading newscasts, flooding social media and becoming a popular topic of discussion and analysis on college campuses. Last week, Duke sponsored a highly-attended lecture series on various aspects of the outbreak, including the global community’s response and ethical implications of untested vaccine use. Throughout the rest of this semester, a handful of DGHI professors are integrating the evolving Ebola crisis into their global health classes.
DGHI faculty member Anthony So is a contributor of a new report by the Obama Administration that calls for a coordinated, innovative approach to combating antibiotic resistance. So provided advisory input in the drafting of the report as a working group member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
DGHI faculty member Nimmi Ramanujam has been named the inaugural Robert W. Carr Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak in history. Today, the CDC now estimates the number of cases could reach 1.4 million by January. The epidemic is capturing widespread news media attention and prompted the US government and the international community to respond.
It’s believed she is the only trained pediatric oncologist in Tanzania. Kristin Schroeder is a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology attending and also a Global Health Fellow in the Duke Global Health Residency/Fellowship program. She is also part of the new global oncology partnership between the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Cancer Institute.
An organization founded by Duke medical student and entrepreneur Rajvi Mehta is the Grand Finale winner of the Duke Start-Up Challenge. The organization Let's Be Well Red (LBWR), which combats anemia in India, won the $50,000 grand prize in addition to $5,000 for winning the audience and alumni choice awards.
The number of Duke PhD students integrating global health into their work is on the rise. Part of this group is 20 doctoral students enrolled in the Global Health Doctoral Scholars Program and Global Health Doctoral Certificate, who say their global health experience is an important framework for approaching their dissertation work.
On the eve of FarmAid in Raleigh, DGHI faculty member Anthony So co-authored an op-ed discussing the danger of the overuse of antibiotics, both in humans and animals, and urging policy makers to make this issue a priority.
Robert Malkin, a biomedical engineering and global health professor at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Global Health Institute, says his students helped develop the Pratt Pouch “in every step and at every stage, from basic research to business plan development.” They worked on a financing model to bring the device to market and made pitches for partnerships and funding.