When Deborah Reisinger, an assistant professor of the practice in romance studies and affiliate global health faculty member, learned that Durham was one of the primary sites for the 50,000 Congolese refugees being settled in the United States over the next five years, she saw a unique opportunity for her and her students to get involved.
Jan Tore Hall ‘73 recently established the Siyathinta Global Health Fund to support research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, professional and doctoral students to study emerging infectious diseases in Africa, with a focus on improving treatment delivery and care. Preference will be given to research projects related to HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
Assistant global health professor Eve Puffer’s global mental health class solidified Julia Dunn’s interest in merging her psychology major with global health. “Mental illness is the leading cause of disease burden in the world, and I was really interested in taking psychology theories into a cross cultural context,” she said. Dunn graduated in May with minors in global health and cultural anthropology.
In a wide-ranging discussion hosted on June 16 by the journal Health Affairs, Duke University faculty members Gavin Yamey and Mark McClellan joined an international panel to brief policymakers on current global health issues.
William H. (Bill) Foege, regarded by many as one of the most distinguished global health leaders of our time and called the “father of global health” by Duke President Richard Brodhead, received an honorary degree from Duke at its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15. We had the opportunity to pose a few questions to Foege, and his answers follow.
Global Health Resident to Lead Cervical Cancer Project Funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Laura Musselwhite, an internal medicine resident in the Hubert-Yeargan Center’s Global Health Pathway, will be the principal investigator for a recently awarded Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grant, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to tackle the early diagnosis of cervical cancer, a leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide.
Nineteen DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
A simple and inexpensive public health intervention helped prevent many cases of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Pakistan. The intervention, described in a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, will be especially helpful for protecting the kidney health of people living in developing countries.
On June 30, Christopher Woods will be stepping down as the director of the Duke Global Health Institute’s (DGHI’s) Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) program and the director of graduate studies. Woods, a professor of medicine and global health and chief of the infectious diseases division at the Durham VA Medical Center, has led the program since its inception in 2008.
Post-doctoral fellow Bonnie Kaiser joined the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) last August after completing a doctorate in anthropology and a master’s in public health in epidemiology at Emory University. Kaiser conducts global mental health research with a focus on cultural aspects of measurement, communication and intervention design, and it was DGHI’s growing global mental health initiative—along with her long-standing collaboration with DGHI faculty members Brandon Kohrt and Deborah Jenson—that drew her to Duke.