On September 25-26, five Duke faculty members joined more than 50 researchers, health professionals, journalists and students from the United States and Brazil for the third annual global cancer symposium co-organized by researchers from Duke and the Barretos Cancer Hospital (BCH) in São Paulo, Brazil. This year, the symposium was held at BCH.
After completing a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil in 2014, Adriana Lein knew she wanted a master’s program that incorporated fieldwork. The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) program was a perfect fit for her to continue fieldwork and conduct research with faculty.
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.
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.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) has awarded grants for two research projects focused on maternal, adolescent and child health—one of DGHI’s research priorities. One award was given to Sallie Permar, associate professor of pediatrics, immunology, and molecular genetics and microbiology, and the other to Eric Green, assistant professor of global health.
Last week, five new trainees joined the Global Health Residency/Fellowship Pathway program, administered by the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. This year, the trainees represent two firsts for the program: the first global health radiation oncology resident and the first pulmonary/critical care medicine fellow.
Ten DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
Measures taken to protect ecosystems and the environment could deliver public health benefits, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While research has shown that nearly one quarter of the global burden of disease can be attributed to poor environmental quality, very little scientific evidence supports the claim that conservation of ecosystems protects benefits human health.
Cancer prevention and treatment in low- and middle-income countries lags a decade or two behind prevention and treatment for communicable diseases, due to low awareness, lack of attention, and insufficient local capacity and infrastructure. But Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) professor and director of Duke’s global cancer initiative Nelson Chao believes there’s enormous potential to alleviate suffering and save lives through cancer prevention and treatment in these areas of the world.
More than 200 students traveled from Brazil, Nepal, China, and many other countries to gather at Duke University for the 2014 Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)conference organized by the Duke undergraduate chapter of UAEM. Throughout the two-day conference, students in fields ranging from economics to public health to law discussed the many issues related to securing access to medicine by all people, regardless of their location in the world.