Large-Scale, Collaborative Effort Could Help Ease Global Hearing Loss

July 11, 2017

A team of hearing experts at Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) is calling for a comprehensive, worldwide initiative to combat hearing loss. In a review article published yesterday in The Lancet, DGHI affiliate Blake Wilson and colleagues highlight accessibility to screenings, treatments and preventive measures as keys to stemming the rise of hearing loss.

Research Design & Analysis Core

New DGHI-Led Publications Break Down Modern Statistical Methods

July 11, 2017

Effective study design and analysis are critical to any research project, and statistical literature reflects many methodological advancements for a range of study designs in the last ten to fifteen years. But scholarly articles about statistical methods are rarely published in journals commonly read by public health and global health researchers. Liz Turner, assistant professor of biostatistics, bioinformatics and global health, wanted to change that.


Five Questions with Outgoing DGHI Director Michael Merson

June 26, 2017

On June 30, founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Michael Merson, will step down as DGHI director. We sat down with him recently to get his thoughts on five big questions. Here’s what he had to say.


Clergy Intervention Program Reduces Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes

June 26, 2017

An intervention program for more than 1,100 United Methodist clergy in North Carolina led to improvements in weight, cholesterol and blood pressure that were sustained over 24 months. The results represent findings from the Spirited Life intervention, a program of the 10-year, $17 million Clergy Health Initiative funded by The Duke Endowment.


DGHI’s Randall Kramer Named Interim Institute Director

June 13, 2017

Randall Kramer, professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Nicholas School for the Environment, has been named interim director of DGHI, taking office at the end of June when founding director Michael Merson steps down.


WHO Releases New Rehabilitation Guidelines for Emergency Medical Teams

May 30, 2017

The transition from short-term to long-term rehabilitation care for injured disaster survivors is just one of the complex issues the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to address in a new set of guidelines. These standards, released in Geneva on May 8, outline standards for post-disaster rehabilitation care and provide guidance on strengthening the capacity of EMTs.