GHP Alumna Lauren Franz and the Duke Autism Team Awarded Major Funding

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Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Franz, a GHP alumna and current Duke Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and her team at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development on their recent $12 million federal grant from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.  This prestigious award recognizes the team's use of artificial intelligence to better detect autism spectrum disorder in infancy, as well as identifying brain-based bio-markers for autism spectrum disorders. You can hear Dr. Mary Klotman's announcement about this award beginning at :40 on YouTube here. 
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Dr. Deng Madut Awarded SiCK Supplement

Dr. Deng Madut Awarded SiCK Supplement

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Congratulations to Dr. Deng Madut, a GHP alumnus and current Duke ID faculty member, on his recent NIH Diversity Supplement Award!  As part of Dr. Matt Rubach's R01 Sepsis Characterization in Kilimanjaro (SiCK) study, Dr. Madut will evaluate if the genomic data generated from the SiCK study can be utilized to determine infectious disease states. He hopes to determine whether or not previously published blood -based gene expression classifiers can accurately discriminate between infectious disease pathogen classes (bacteria vs viral vs fungal) and pathogen genomes can be directly detected from host blood. Sepsis is a leading cause of in-hospital death around the world and the SiCK is making strides in understanding if there are distinct sub-types of sepsis that exist in sub-Saharan Africa.  Congratulations to Dr. Madut and the SiCK team!  …
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Trauma Research in Tanzania Leads to Improved Access to Care

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Dr. Catherine Staton, an associate professor of surgery and global health and an HYC affiliate faculty member, supervised research at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania that explored injuries, trauma, and access to care. She and her team found many reasons, such as a misunderstanding of doctors' orders, lack of transportation, or lack of childcare, that often kept patients from coming in for care following a traumatic injury. As a result, those patients tend to suffer more physically and financially from the lack of access to care. To respond to this unmet need, the Trauma Research Capacity Building in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, or TRECK, Program was created to train post-graduate students on how to improve care for trauma patients across sub-Sarharan Africa. This work was published in PLOS Global Public…
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Cardiac Surgery Update from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital

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Thanks to a grant from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, people in Western Kenya will soon have better access to cardiothoracic surgery.  Dr. Emily Farkas at Indiana University received the grant and together with Professor Barasa Otsyula, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at MRTH, will begin to procure supplies and equipment to set up this program, in collaboration with the work done at the Duke-MTRH Cardiology Center of Excellence. Duke established the Cardiology Center of Excellence at MTRH back in 2009, providing patients with diagnostic imaging, as well as specialized in- and out-patient care. The new surgery program will build off of the success of the Center of Excellence to provide improved cardiovascular care for the many people who call Western…
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Dr. Jerry Bloomfield on Cardiac Abnormalities in Those Living with HIV

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Dr. Jerry Bloomfield and his colleagues were recently featured in POZ magazine for their work on the REPRIEVE study, which showed that individuals on antiretroviral treatments and have heart disease risk scores in the low to moderate range still have cardiovascular abnormalities at three times the rate of the general population. Dr. Bloomfield, an Associate Professor of Medicine and an Associate Research Professor of Global Health, and his colleagues looked at data from more than 7,000 people from 120 clinics around the world. The hope for the REPRIEVE study is to find out if a statin medication will help reduce the risk for cardiovascular issues in those living with HIV. You can read the POZ article here and the study abstract in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome here.
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Duke Cardiology Addresses Global Heart Health

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Drs. Waseem Akhter, Jerry Bloomfield, and Titus Ngeno were recently featured in the Duke University School of Medicine's Magnify newsletter on their work to address the growing burden of cardiovascular health and care in low resource areas. From refugee camps in Syria to the hills of Western Kenya, these physician scientists are blazing new trails and calling for new methods to address heart health around the world.  Read the Magnify article here. 
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Dr. Gayani Tillekeratne on the Sri Lankan Economic Crisis

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Dr. Gayani Tillekeratne, a 2014 Global Health Fellowship Pathway graduate and current Assistant Professor of Medicine in Infectious Disease, spends six month a year in Galle, Sri Lanka as a faculty lead for the Duke-Ruhuna Research Collaborative.  She recently returned from a trip there and offers insights into the deepening economic crisis affected the country. Click here to read the DGHI story.
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Dr. Peter Kussin Part of Tipping Point Challenge Win

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Congratulations to the palliative care AMPATH Kenya team, led by Ken Cornetta of Indiana University which included Duke’s own Dr. Peter Kussin, for being named a Gold Winner by the John A. Hartford Foundation in their Tipping Point Challenge. The Challenge is a national competition whose aim is to spread ideas and solutions to address and improve health care delivery to those dealing with serious illnesses. The award acknowledges AMPATH’s role in the continuing growth of palliative care in Western Kenya through education, training, research and clinical care. Dr. Kussin will continue involvement in palliative care with the intensive care unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya.
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