Collecting ticks for infectious disease research—currently a manual process involving close contact with the ticks—is risky business, putting researchers in danger of contracting some of the very diseases they’re studying. But last year, Duke global health and medicine professor Greg Gray had an idea: could a robot do the job?
Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden have established “The von der Heyden Family Global Health Fellowship Fund” as part of an $8.36 million gift supporting the arts at Duke and graduate students at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI).
Twenty-five DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
Researchers at Duke Health are fine-tuning a test that can determine whether a respiratory illness is caused by infection from a virus or bacteria so that antibiotics can be more precisely prescribed.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) has awarded grants for two research projects focused on global mental health—one of DGHI’s research priorities. One award was given to Helen Egger, head of the Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience at Duke and co-PI Lauren Franz, assistant professor of psychiatry and global health, and the other to Eve Puffer, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience and global health.
Sarah Diringer, a PhD student in civil and environmental engineering and global health doctoral scholar, wants to apply her knowledge to issues that affect people worldwide.
Academic program directors from 17 graduate programs in global health were invited to Durham last week to discuss academic global health, a field which has undergone immense growth and development over the last 10 years.
Conducting clinical trials on new therapies is challenging work on a normal day in the most favorable settings. Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) professors Nathan Thielman and Coleen Cunningham took that work to an extreme by conducting a clinical trial of therapies to treat Ebola on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the midst of the massive disease outbreak in 2014. DGHI professor Chris Woods contributed to the project from Durham.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture jointly released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Based on current scientific understanding about healthy eating choices and health outcomes, the guidelines are designed to aid Americans in making food choices that will help them avoid or reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Many Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) graduate students preparing to begin their careers recently reached an academic milestone when their article on global injury was published in the open-access journal PLoS One. The manuscript was the product of a class assignment for Global Injury and Prevention, a graduate-level course taught by Catherine Staton, assistant professor of global health and emergency medicine.