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

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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…
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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. 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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Medicine Grand Rounds: Impact in Global Cardiovascular Disease Research and Training: Duke’s First 15 Years

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On Friday, January 21, Drs. Jerry Bloomfield, Rebecca Lumsden and Titus N'geno presented Medicine Grand Rounds with their talk, "Impact in Global Cardiovascular Disease Research and Training: Duke's First 15 Years". You can watch Grand Rounds here:  https://warpwire.duke.edu/w/zYAGAA/ Congratulations to Drs. Bloomfield, Lumsden and N'geno on a fantastic grand rounds discussion.
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Duke Cardiac Team Published in Annals of Global Health

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Congratulations to GHP alumnus Dr. Titus Ngeno and his team for their recent publication in the Annals of Global Health, entitled “Feasibility of Cardiac Rehabilitation Models in Kenya”. Due to the global prevalence and high morbidity of cardiovascular disease, especially in Kenya, Dr. Ngeno and his team of clinician-researchers from both Duke and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, set out to evaluate the feasibility of cardiac rehabilitation programs in Western Kenya. Cardiac rehabilitation is effective in improving cardiovascular disease symptoms and is adaptable to many settings. However, it is under-utilized. Dr. Ngeno and his team explored the ability of rehabilitation therapies to be deployed at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Kenya, as well as remotely by patients who live far away. Members of the team from Moi…
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Dr. Emily Esmaili, GHP Alumna, Discusses the Global Inequity of Healthcare

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Emily Esmaili, D.O. was recently featured on medium.com with her op-ed, Work in Healthcare? Tell the Global Inequity Story Loudly, Publicly.  She discusses child health disparities that used to only be seen after long flights and passport stamps, but are now visible in our local communities and across our nation.  Dr. Esmaili is a 2019 graduate of the Global Health Pathway where she focused her attention on refugee child health.  She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health and a pediatrician practicing at Lincoln Community Health Center, serving low-income, immigrant and refugee children.
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Dr. Narayanasamy Wins Dean’s Research Award

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Congratulations to current Global Health Pathway resident, Dr. Shanti Narayanasamy, on winning the Dean's Research Award for Master's Students! Her project, entitled "Attending to Race: Exploring How Physicians and Medical Students Operationalize Race in Medicine", aims to conduct a Duke-wide survey and interviews of physicians and medical students to understand how race influences their clinical practices.  Dr. Narayanasamy hopes to develop educational interventions on race and medicine and provide feedback to participating departments to support their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. The award provides funding to be used towards the purchase of materials and supplies, degree completion and for research or conference travel.
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