Collecting ticks for infectious disease research—currently a manual process involving close contact with the ticks—is risky business, putting researchers in danger of contracting some of the very diseases they’re studying. But last year, Duke global health and medicine professor Greg Gray had an idea: could a robot do the job?
Twenty-five DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
Researchers at Duke Health are fine-tuning a test that can determine whether a respiratory illness is caused by infection from a virus or bacteria so that antibiotics can be more precisely prescribed.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) has awarded grants for two research projects focused on global mental health—one of DGHI’s research priorities. One award was given to Helen Egger, head of the Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience at Duke and co-PI Lauren Franz, assistant professor of psychiatry and global health, and the other to Eve Puffer, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience and global health.
Conducting clinical trials on new therapies is challenging work on a normal day in the most favorable settings. Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) professors Nathan Thielman and Coleen Cunningham took that work to an extreme by conducting a clinical trial of therapies to treat Ebola on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the midst of the massive disease outbreak in 2014. DGHI professor Chris Woods contributed to the project from Durham.
Many Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) graduate students preparing to begin their careers recently reached an academic milestone when their article on global injury was published in the open-access journal PLoS One. The manuscript was the product of a class assignment for Global Injury and Prevention, a graduate-level course taught by Catherine Staton, assistant professor of global health and emergency medicine.
Researchers from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and their international collaborators have received a major award from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Medical Research Council and The Wellcome Trust to study cost-effective ways to lower blood pressure in adults living in rural in South Asia.
In December, we posed the following question to several Duke Global Health Institute faculty members: Where should global health researchers and educators prioritize their efforts in 2016 and why? Here’s what they had to say.
Twenty-two DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
Between 1990 and 2013, the number of deaths due to cardiovascular disease (CVD) increased by 81 percent in sub-Saharan Africa; it’s estimated that up to 80 percent of these deaths could have been averted with the availability of critical or specialty care. In Kenya, only about a quarter of public health centers have the supplies necessary to effectively treat CVD. In 2009, this bleak scenario, coupled with a promising funding opportunity from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), inspired Duke faculty and staff to work with their Kenyan partners to develop a sustainable, multi-faceted cardiovascular care program at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya.