Research News


Global Ebola Response Panel, including DGHI's Muhammad Pate, Issues Report

November 24, 2015

An independent group of 19 experts from around the globe, co-chaired by adjunct global health professor Muhammad Pate, has issued a hard-hitting analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, published in The Lancet. The panel was convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The report offers 10 major reform proposals to prevent future such catastrophes.


Positive Outcomes Emerge from Study on “Tik” Use and HIV in South Africa

November 17, 2015

There are many measures of a successful global health research project: it engages both community leaders and those affected by the problem; it exceeds expectations for enrollment; it provides opportunities for students; it yields multiple peer-reviewed publications; it leads to policy recommendations; it spawns new research paths and funding opportunities; and, most importantly, it leads to real improvements in the health of the community. 

Nutrition Intervention to Prevent Stunting in Guatemala

November 17, 2015

According to David Boyd, associate professor of global health, millions of dollars have been spent in Guatemala to fight stunted growth, and yet the funding and interventions have had virtually no impact. That’s why he’s leading the development of a research-based, culturally appropriate nutrition intervention to address this prevalent and persistent issue in the poorer communities surrounding Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.


APO Awards Three Grants to Duke Kunshan University Research Hub

November 17, 2015

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) was selected in late 2014 by the World Health Organization's Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) as one of three research hubs. Dedicated to the strengthening of health care systems in Asia, the research hub has been awarded funding for three projects, which were developed by DKU professors Abu Abdullah and Lijing Yan and collaborators from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore and Peking University.


Can mHealth Change the Game for HIV Prevention and Treatment?

November 10, 2015

Men who have sex with men (MSM) comprise more than two-thirds of the U.S. HIV-positive population, and young MSM are far less likely to receive HIV care and adhere to their treatment protocol than their adult counterparts. Sara LeGrand, assistant research professor of global health at DGHI’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, thinks mHealth solutions can be a game-changer for this population.


DGHI Obesity Experts in Special Health Affairs Issue on Food and Health

November 03, 2015

Two Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) faculty members—Mary Story and Eric Finkelstein—have articles in the November issue of Health Affairs, which is devoted entirely to the subject of food and health, marking the first time the publication has covered this subject in this way. Eric Finkelstein and colleagues look at the connection between the consumption of specific food and beverages and weight gain among children and adolescents. Mary Story and colleagues examine the complex relationship between food and health and provide policy recommendations designed to clear the way for people to eat better.


DGHI Research Roundup: October 2015

November 03, 2015

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

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Upcoming Global Health Conference to Have Strong Duke Presence

October 27, 2015

The Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC) will hold its annual global health conference on Thursday and Friday, November 5 and 6, at the NC Biotechnology Center in Durham, North Carolina. With a focus this year on sustainable development and global health, this event is geared toward students, university faculty and staff, global health professionals and industry leaders. A number of Duke global health faculty and students will be presenting at the conference.


Duke Students Share Fieldwork Projects at Annual Global Health Showcase

October 27, 2015

The Duke Global Health community was well represented at the fourth annual Global Health Showcase last night, with more than 150 guests in attendance, including Duke students, faculty and staff, as well as local community members. Fifty-two posters representing the research of nearly 100 undergraduates, medical fellows, and masters and doctoral students displayed their research findings, reflecting DGHI's commitment to academic diversity and multidisciplinary approaches.