Center for Innovation in Global Health

Highlighted News & Events

Join us for the next Conversation in Global Health, featuring Dr. Gavin Yamey from UCSF. A leading global health researcher and former journalist, Dr.  Yamey will speak with Paul Costello, Stanford Medicine's chief communications officer, about timely and pressing issues in global health.

The event will take place from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in Room 120 of the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Click here for event details.

Congratulations to our Ebola Innovation Seed Grant Award Winners:

  • Ann Arvin, “Development of a novel high-throughput, virus-free assay to identify antibodies and drugs that interfere with Ebola infection by blocking virus entry into host cells”
  • Utkan Demirci, “Rapid Detection of Ebola Virus in Resource-Limited Settings”
  • Shirit Einav, “Safety and Efficacy of approved anticancer drugs as novel strategy to combat Ebola”
  • Zhiyuan Song, “Dynamically evaluating and mapping Ebola outbreak risks in West and Central Africa in response to social-environmental changes”

Read more about the CIGH Ebola Innovation Night and winning projects here.

Launched in April 2014, Managing Emergencies was offered simultaneously at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and the Stanford School of Medicine. As an international institution with a history of collaboration, Makerere was a natural choice to pilot the course. Dr. Mahadevan and Dr. Strehlow decided to offer the course to Stanford medical students as well to compare the benefits for international and local audiences.

The Center for Innovation in Global Health is offering seed grants valued at $25,000 to $50,000 for creative Stanford teams to begin to develop solutions to address the Ebola crisis. This award is designed to stimulate interest and collaboration for innovative projects that have the potential to be scaled and deployed to help stem the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Project proposals will be varied and may range from development of less burdensome Hazmat personal protection to point-of care diagnostics, novel ways to rehydrate, health communications and messaging, repurposed drugs, epidemic modeling and mapping, biosurveillance, governance, policy, design models of vaccine and drug trials, and other areas relevant to the epidemic. All applications are due December 10.

Download the application guidelines.

The Center for Innovation in Global Health at the School of Medicine is pleased to announce that the application for the 2015-16 Mary Duke Biddle Scholarship is now open. This is an opportunity for pediatric residents and medical students in their clinical years who are interested in pediatrics to spend a rotation abroad in a developing country setting, serving the needs of the community.

This scholarship provides funding for travel, housing, meals and immunizations for a 6-week international rotation in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Nepal, or Uganda. Funds are open to pediatric trainees and clinical medical students committed to the program’s goal of improving the quality of life of children needing medical care.

Learn more on the program website.

Application materials are due by email to the Program Manager, Jenny Kang, at by 9am (Pacific Time) on February 9, 2015. Questions about the application process and sites may also be sent to the Program Manager.

* Applications for rotations at sites not listed above will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Saraswati Kache,, directly for more information.

Practical Approaches to Global Health Research (MED 226 / IPS 290)

Interdisciplinary course introducing graduate students to research methods applicable for conducting studies involving health in low income contexts. Designed around developing a concept note to support a funding proposal addressing a research question of student’s interest. Targeted skills include developing a compelling research question; synthesizing a focused literature review; selecting and adapting appropriate study design, target population, sampling methods, data collection and analysis; addressing human subject issues and developing productive cross-cultural collaboration. Appropriate for graduate students and fellows in social sciences, education, medicine, engineering, earth/environmental sciences. Students work with a team of classmates from different specialties. (4 credits)

Global Child Health (HumBio 124C)

Malnutrition. HIV. Measles. How do these and other diseases affect children, the most vulnerable population worldwide? What contributes to poor child health among low-and middle income countries and what can be done to alleviate it? This course will introduce key challenges to the health and wellbeing of children worldwide, with a particular focus on children in low- and middle-income countries. It will review the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, identify interventions to address some of the biggest child health problems, and provide an overview of the roles of culture, gender, and civil society on child health and health policy.

3rd Annual International Humanitarian Aid Skills

Course to be held February 7-8, 2015 at Stanford University.

This CME workshop will help prepare the International Humanitarian Aid Volunteer to function in a low resource setting for treatment of common surgical problems. This 1 ½ day course will provide an overview of the scope of conditions that one might encounter in resource limited environments. Through a variety of techniques including skill stations and simulation, participants will familiarize themselves with several relevant procedures, as well as the essential elements of surgical safety, ethics, and cultural considerations in such settings.

Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

This course introduces some of the ethical issues that arise when trainees in biomedical research and practice undertake short-term training experiences abroad in resource-limited settings. Trainees, their sending and host institutions, and program sponsors recognize that these types of global health training programs raise a number of ethical issues. Not only is being able to recognize and navigate these issues itself important, but also it is critical for avoiding harm to communities and facilitating a long-term, productive collaboration for the betterment of global health. A Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (WEIGHT) has developed best practice guidelines for this setting.

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From the CIGH Director

Certainly this last year has been dominated by the Ebola epidemic which, although waning, is still very present. Stanford volunteers remain in the field as well as in our thoughts.


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