The Duke Global Health community was well represented at the third annual Global Health Showcase last Wednesday night, with over 150 guests in attendance including Duke students, faculty, staff and members of local organizations such as International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) and IntraHealth International. Over 50 posters representing more than 100 undergraduates, medical fellows, and masters and doctoral students displayed research findings at two different poster sessions, reflecting DGHI’s commitment to academic diversity and multidisciplinary approaches.
The current Ebola outbreak has claimed the life of almost 5,000 people in West Africa. In response to this devastating outbreak, United States Agency for International Development launched Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development to help frontline health care workers provide better care and stop the spread of Ebola. DGHI, Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) and five other departments throughout Duke have sponsored the Duke Ebola Innovation Challenge to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among students to generate ideas for the greater USAID challenge.
Randy Kramer, DGHI Deputy Director, announced the winners of the 2014 Student Fieldwork Photo Contest last Wednesday night at the third Annual Global Health Showcase. This year Duke undergraduates and graduate students submitted over 70 photos to be judged by journalists, global health faculty and researchers, MScGH alumnus and student photographers. The photo entries were from all corners of the globe representing student projects ranging from obstetric fistula to occupational health to flu preparedness. The photo winners were Lauren Zalla, Kristin Schroeder, Libby MacFarlane, and Kayla Stankevitz.
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.
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.
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.
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.