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DGHI Expands Global Cancer Initiative with Two New Faculty

September 23, 2016

In 2014, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) launched a global cancer research program in partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute and the National Cancer Institute. And this fall, the arrival of two new global cancer faculty members—Megan Huchko and Gita Suneja—is helping to expand this program. 

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DGHI’s 10th Anniversary Symposium Will Explore Future of Global Health

September 13, 2016

On Wednesday, October 5, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a day-long symposium that will give current, emerging and future perspectives on the field of global health. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, will give the closing keynote address, “Making the Case for Planetary Health.”

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Gates Foundation Awards DGHI $900K for Research on Achieving Health SDGs in China

September 13, 2016

Medicine and global health professor Shenglan Tang recently received a grant of $900K from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop evidence-based policy options to support achieving the health sustainable development goals (SDG) established by the United Nations (UN) and the “Healthy China 2030” plan for 2016-2030 developed by the Chinese Government. 

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DGHI Research Roundup: July & August 2016

September 06, 2016

Twenty-seven DGHI-affiliated authorsincluding faculty, staff and alumnirecently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.

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Multimedia Project Showcases Capacity-Building Success in Tanzania

August 16, 2016

Our new multimedia web story about our ongoing partnership with four Tanzanian institutions and the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York captures the success of our Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) project through photos and brief videos featuring key collaborators sharing their reflections on our work together. 

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DGHI Awarded Gates Foundation Grant on TB Care and Control in China

August 02, 2016

Shenglan Tang, professor of medicine and global health, has been awarded a three-year $1,200,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant entitled “Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation for the Implementation of the Comprehensive Model of Tuberculosis (TB) Care & Control in China.” Joy Noel Baumgartner, assistant research professor and associate director of the DGHI Evidence Lab, is the co-principal investigator.

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Student Research Team Laying Groundwork for Improved Health in Robeson County, NC

July 19, 2016

Robeson County, a community with a majority American Indian Lumbee population in southeastern North Carolina, comes in last place for health outcomes among the state’s 100 counties. So when Duke nephrology fellow and 2014 Master of Science in Global Health graduate John Stanifer returned from his fieldwork research on kidney disease in Tanzania looking for a local underserved community to continue his work, Robeson County was a natural fit. As part of a larger study funded by the American Kidney Fund, he’s currently leading an undergraduate student research team in exploring the challenges and needs of people with chronic kidney disease in the county.

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Study of Former Child Soldiers Suggests Resilience Can Minimize PTSD Effects

July 19, 2016

In a first-ever study to identify how trauma affects gene expression among child soldiers, assistant global health professor Brandon Kohrt and his colleagues found resilience to be a key factor in determining individual response at the molecular level. Kohrt and his colleagues conducted a five-year longitudinal study of former child soldiers exposed to the trauma of a decade-long civil war in Nepal. 

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