Research News


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.


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. 


DGHI Research Roundup: June 2016

July 05, 2016

Thirteen DGHI faculty members and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.


DGHI Research Roundup: May 2016

June 07, 2016

Nineteen DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications. 


Simple Public Health Intervention May Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

May 24, 2016

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.


Post-Doc Bonnie Kaiser’s Work Blends Anthropology, Epidemiology and Humanities

May 24, 2016

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.


New Study Aims to Understand Causes of Fatal Febrile Illness

May 10, 2016

A study led by adjunct Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) faculty member John Crump in 2007-2008 revealed that more than 60 percent of patients admitted with fever in northern Tanzania were diagnosed with malaria, but less than two percent of those patients actually had malaria. In a new study, Crump, now an adjunct DGHI faculty member, is leading a research team that will attempt to better understand the causes of death among patients admitted to hospital with severe fever in northern Tanzania and identify interventions that could avert fatal outcomes among these patients.


DGHI Faculty Member Dabbles in Policy World through AAAS Fellowship

May 10, 2016

But last fall, Subhashini “Shubha” Chandrasekharan, assistant research professor of global health, headed to Washington DC to embark on a new challenge: an American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with USAID’s Global Development Lab. We recently talked with her about her experience in the fellowship program.