During Engineering Week, teams of students from the Pratt School of Engineering will compete in the annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, a school-year-long competition that culminates in a $25,000 prize. One of this year’s team is planning to send already-existing medical devices for spinal injuries to Third World countries and make them available for free for patients.
Ellen Piwoz wasted no time in getting to the important message about undernutrition. “We estimate that every year, there are 3.5 million child deaths due either directly or indirectly to undernutrition,” said Piwoz, who is the senior program officer for Integrated Health Solutions Development at the Global Health Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
DGHI Member M. Giovanna Merli discovered demography in a roundabout way. “My undergraduate major was in China studies, with an emphasis on contemporary Chinese politics and history. I spent three years in China, and in my third year, I discovered demography.
Eve Puffer, postdoctoral fellow in global health, delves into the gap between education about HIV/AIDS and actual behavior among youth in Muhuru Bay, Kenya
DGHI Member Anthony So, director of the Program on Global Health and Technology Access, and colleagues from Duke and other universities, have published an article in PLoS Biology that questions the wisdom of developing countries modeling their laws and policies regarding patenting of publicly funded research on the U.S. experience following the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980.
Katia Koelle, an assistant professor of biology at Duke, and Alun Lloyd, an associate professor of mathematics at North Carolina State University, teamed up on October 29 to present two different ways in which mathematics can inform how the biological sciences address dengue fever – a mosquito-borne disease.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded Duke University more than $6 million over five years to involve researchers from multiple disciplines in developing new approaches to substance use prevention. Philip Costanzo (DGHI Affiliate) is one of the principal investigators for this grant.
Duke Global Health Institute welcomes Subhrendu K. Pattanayak as a new DGHI Member. Dr. Pattanayak has a joint appointment as associate professor of public policy studies with the Sanford Institute for Public Policy, and associate professor of environmental economics with the Nicholas School of the Environment.
President Richard Brodhead and other Duke officials traveled to India Oct 9-16, 2008, to build upon the university’s many existing ties with India.