Urban Pollution in Chinese City

Ozone Pollution Connected to Cardiovascular Health

July 24, 2017

Exposure to ozone, long associated with impaired lung function, is also connected to health changes that can cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults.


Alumna Spotlight: Leena El-Sadek ’15 Combines Justice and Global Health

July 24, 2017

“DGHI simulated the ‘real world’ because you actually engaged with the real world,” said Leena El-Sadek, a 2015 alumna from Terry, Mississippi, and Cairo, Egypt. “I’m grateful for the lessons I learned at DGHI, both inside and outside the classroom, as I am confident I’m a stronger thinker and problem solver in my current job because of them.”


DGHI Faculty Members Appointed to Named Professorships

July 11, 2017

Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) professor David Boyd has been selected as the first Hymowitz Professor of the Practice of Global Health, and Shenglan Tang, professor of medicine and global health, was recently selected to become the inaugural Mary D.B.T. and James Semans International Professor. 


Large-Scale, Collaborative Effort Could Help Ease Global Hearing Loss

July 11, 2017

A team of hearing experts at Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) is calling for a comprehensive, worldwide initiative to combat hearing loss. In a review article published yesterday in The Lancet, DGHI affiliate Blake Wilson and colleagues highlight accessibility to screenings, treatments and preventive measures as keys to stemming the rise of hearing loss.

Research Design & Analysis Core

New DGHI-Led Publications Break Down Modern Statistical Methods

July 11, 2017

Effective study design and analysis are critical to any research project, and statistical literature reflects many methodological advancements for a range of study designs in the last ten to fifteen years. But scholarly articles about statistical methods are rarely published in journals commonly read by public health and global health researchers. Liz Turner, assistant professor of biostatistics, bioinformatics and global health, wanted to change that.


Five Questions with Outgoing DGHI Director Michael Merson

June 26, 2017

On June 30, founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Michael Merson, will step down as DGHI director. We sat down with him recently to get his thoughts on five big questions. Here’s what he had to say.


Clergy Intervention Program Reduces Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes

June 26, 2017

An intervention program for more than 1,100 United Methodist clergy in North Carolina led to improvements in weight, cholesterol and blood pressure that were sustained over 24 months. The results represent findings from the Spirited Life intervention, a program of the 10-year, $17 million Clergy Health Initiative funded by The Duke Endowment.


DGHI’s Randall Kramer Named Interim Institute Director

June 13, 2017

Randall Kramer, professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Nicholas School for the Environment, has been named interim director of DGHI, taking office at the end of June when founding director Michael Merson steps down.