Center for Innovation in Global Health
Highlighted News & Events
More than 100 students, educators and researchers convened Apr. 20 at UC-Davis for a global health seminar featuring scientific experts from Stanford University, UC-San Francisco, UC-Davis and UC-Berkeley. Representing a variety of academic disciplines, panelists from each of the four universities offered their perspectives on the linkage between environmental factors as drivers of diseases, and what is needed to address complex health challenges in an ever-changing global environment.
Global Oncology, Inc., a nonprofit co-founded by CIGH's director of global oncology, Dr. Ami Bhatt, has launched the Global Cancer Project Map, an interactive database that enables immediate access to more than 800 cancer projects around the world in an effort to advance cancer research and care in low-resources areas. Developed in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Map was unveiled at the NCI Symposium on Global Cancer Research in Boston. Read more.
While worldwide eradication of polio appears almost within reach, a mutated form of the virus derived from the vaccine used to eradicate it poses a concerning risk, writes Dr. Yvonne Maldonado in a recent Huffington Post Op-Ed. Dr. Maldonado and others are working to devise a strategy to keep a new version of the poliovirus from spreading. Read more from Stanford Medicine.
Registration for summer courses is open! Don't miss your chance to enroll in a global health course this year.
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.
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.
The 6th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH) took place Mar. 26-28 in Boston, Massachusetts, bringing together more than 1,600 attendees from 51 countries. Click here for daily updates on key topics and new research presented by Stanford faculty and students.
The Center for Innovation in Global Health welcomed global health and policy expert Dr. Gavin Yamey to campus on Mar. 4 for a discussion on the importance of investing in global health. Dr. Yamey is Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatics and Lead of the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative (E2Pi) at the UCSF School of Medicine.
- 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.
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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.