Bass Connections Open House

Bass Connections Program Offers World of Opportunities

February 09, 2016

As employers are increasingly seeking graduates with experience tackling complex issues, students of all levels are are turning to hands-on interdisciplinary projects to round out their education. Duke’s Bass Connections program—which is currently accepting student applications—provides just this opportunity.


Global Health Figures Prominently in New Duke Health Strategic Planning Framework

February 09, 2016

Last week, Duke Health (formerly “Duke Medicine”) launched “Advancing Health Together: 2016-2020 Strategic Planning Framework”—the product of a strategic planning initiative that collaboratively engaged the entire Duke Health community. Many of the goals and strategies outlined in this document align closely with the work of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), and the framework specifically designates global health as one of the five core mission areas.


Tick Collection? There’s a Bot for That!

February 02, 2016

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?


Donor Spotlight: Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden

February 02, 2016

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).


DGHI Research Roundup: January 2016

February 02, 2016

Twenty-five DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.


DGHI Awards Pilot Grants for Global Mental Health Projects

January 26, 2016

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. 

Preparing Ebola Convalescent Plasma

Ebola Clinical Trials: Lessons Learned

January 18, 2016

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.