Duke’s Global Partnerships Shine Bright as part of Global COVID Coalition

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A recent webinar from the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition highlights the strength of Duke's global partnerships with two of our major collaborating institutions, Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania. The webinar, entitled "Setting up biorepositories and increasing sequencing capacity to respond to SARS COV 2 in LMICS"  , was written by Dr. Blandina Mmbaga, a member of the Coalition's Virology, Immunology and Diagnostics working group and a pediatrician and researcher at KCMC in Moshi, Tanzania.  Dr. Chris Woods is co-chair of this group which also includes Dr. Kirtika Patel from one of Duke's longest standing partners, Moi University in Kenya.  The focus of the webinar is the role that biorepositories play in sample preservation, storage and sequencing capabilities in low resource settings…
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Global Health and Cardiology: a commentary in BMJ

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Congratulations to Drs. Gerald Bloomfield, Waseem Akhter and Titus N'geno for their recently published commentary, "Global Health: Where do cardiologists fit in?" in the BMJ Heart. Dr. Jerry Bloomfield is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke, an HYC Faculty member and a 2012 GHP graduate. Dr. Titus N'geno is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke, a graduate of the MSc-GH program and a current cardiovascular fellow in the GHP.  Dr. Waseem Akhter is a Clinical Associate in the Duke Department of Medicine and a graduate of the MSc-GH program.
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GHP Alumnus Dr. Deng Madut Joins DGHI Faculty

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Congratulations to Dr. Deng Madut on his recent appointment as Assistant Research Professor of Global Health at DGHI. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infection Disease. Dr. Madut completed the Duke Global Health Infectious Disease fellowship in 2019 and is a 2018 graduate of the Global Health Pathway at the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health.  He spent a year working in Moshi, Tanzania under the mentorship of Drs. Nathan Thielman and Matt Rubach where his research examined the barriers to effective care strategy implementation for those living with HIV, as well as infectious disease prevention. As a Duke Internal Medicine resident, he completed a global health elective rotation at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya in 2015. Read more about Dr. Madut…
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Dr. Lauren Franz Examines Telehealth as a Research Tool in the US and South Africa

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Dr. Lauren Franz, a Global Health Pathway alumna and Duke Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was recently published in the journal Autism. Her work explored how telehealth has been an important tool for behavioral intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic in both the United States and South Africa. She and her team also looked at how telehealth may or may not be equitable and available to geographically and socio-economically diverse participant groups.  By examining the short comings and the strengths of research by telehealth, Dr. Franz hopes to find more ways telehealth can work for families around the world and bridge the "digital divide".
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GHP Fellow and Mentor Receive REACH Equity Center Scholars Award

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Dr. Colin Smith, 5th year Medicine-Psychiatry and GHP resident, along with his mentors Dr. Nathan Thielman, Director of the Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows, and Dr. Jane Gagliardi, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, are part of the team who were recently awarded the REACH Equity Center's Research, Education and Training grant. These awards, funded by the Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH), are intended to support early stage investigators who are especially interested in conducting health disparities research.  Other members of this research team include Dr. Lori-Ann Daley and Dr. Lynette Staplefoote Boynton. Data shows that racial disparities exist in emergency psychiatric care settings and Black individuals are overrepresented in these settings. Black individuals are over diagnosed with psychotic disorders and are more…
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GHP’s Colin Smith on COVID-induced Psychosis

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Colin Smith, a 5th year Medicine and Psychiatry and Global Health Pathway resident, was quoted in a USA Today story on the phenomenon of COVID-induced psychosis.  Colin's case report published in the BMJ on this topic is available here. Colin is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service and has been interviewed for his work surrounding mental health and COVID-19 by WUNC.  He is also the recipient of Duke's James H. Carter, Sr. Community Service Award in February 2021 for his work with mental health and homelessness at Durham's Lincoln Community Health Center, his efforts to set up and work in a COVID-19 field hospital and for volunteering with COVID-19 screenings for those facing homelessness in Durham. [caption id="attachment_301" align="alignnone" width="291"] Colin Smith, MD[/caption]
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Dr. Chris Woods: Science in a Time of Social Distancing

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On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Dr. Chris Woods, HYC Executive Director, presented his lecture "COVID-19 Research: Bringing us Together for Team Science in a Time of Social Distancing" as part of the Duke University School of Medicine COVID-19 Research Seminar Series.  You can listen to his talk and read more about other lectures in this series here: https://medschool.duke.edu/research/covid-19-research-seminar-series 
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Duke-Ruhuna Collaborative’s Dengue Paper Wins 2021 Sri Lanka President’s Award for Scientific Research

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Congratulations to members of the Duke-Ruhuna Research Collaborative for winning the 2021 President's Award for Scientific Research, presented in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 6. The paper, Evaluation of the WHO 2009 classification for diagnosis of acute dengue in a large cohort of adults and children in Sri Lanka during a dengue-1 epidemic, which was published in 2018 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, was honored as one of the top twenty research publications at the ceremony.  The article reviews and examines the WHO's 2009 revisions to the diagnostic criteria for dengue. Because dengue and other acute febrile illnesses often look similar, it is important for clinicians to quickly and accurately identify the cause of a patient’s illness. With early detection and treatment, severe dengue outcomes can be improved. The Collaborative’s work highlighted…
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