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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
DGHI faculty member Shenglan Tang surveys China’s health insurance schemes and proposes an array of reforms in a new policy memorandum by The Paulson Institute.
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).