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Understanding the Flu

April 09, 2014

DGHI faculty member Gavin Smith works with colleagues at Duke-NUS to study the diversity of the different viral strains and their ability to adapt and evolve and even jump the species barrier. Influenza is one of the most challenging infections to study, prevent and treat.

Bass project

New Prenatal Tests Pose Challenges for Developing World

April 09, 2014

Growing numbers of families in the developing world are beginning to benefit from new "noninvasive" prenatal tests that enable them to learn more quickly and accurately whether their unborn child has a severe genetic defect. As the tests become more common, however, they are also posing difficult new ethical and practical concerns.

Cornerstone partners

Duke is Partner in US Global Development Lab to End Extreme Poverty

April 07, 2014

Duke University is a partner in the newly established USAID-led initaitive to end extreme poverty by 2030. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab at a New York City event on Thursday, which was attended by Duke Global Health Institute Director Michael Merson. 

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Over a Lifetime, Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 Per Child

April 07, 2014

Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. When multiplied by the number of obese 10-year-olds in the United States, lifetime medical costs for this age alone reach roughly $14 billion.

Kohrt mental health

Global Mental Health at Duke

April 01, 2014

In low- and middle-income countries, there are significant gaps in the availability of treatments and trained mental health care providers.  A dedicated group of faculty from across the university with decades of experience are working together on these and other challenges in global mental health. DGHI faculty member and psychiatrist Brandon Kohrt talks about building research collaborations at Duke that are poised to make a difference.

WISER Teachers Visit Duke Collaborators

April 01, 2014

Teachers from Women's Institute of Secondary Education and Research (WISER) are at Duke this week to build upon a new collaboration that enhances educational opportunities for young girls in Kenya, particularly in engineering and entrepreneurship.

Alex Dehgan

Duke Alum Alex Dehgan Returns to Durham as Visiting Senior Fellow

April 01, 2014

Duke Alum, Alex Dehgan, will return to Durham as a Visiting Senior Fellow starting today. As a scientist, he has had the opportunity to work on an equally diversity of subjects ranging from predicting species extinction in lemurs, interspecies heart transplants, links between infectious diseases and forest fragmentation, and addressing development challenges around the world.

Global health week 2014

Duke Global Health Week Kicks Off

April 01, 2014

It is the largest student-led global health event of the year. It brings together students from across campus to learn about health issues of people near and far, and to encourage advocacy and action.  It’s Duke Global Health Week, and it starts today.