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From the Global Health Director's Desk

Michele Barry shares Global Health updates at Stanford with you quarterly:

Greetings to my Global Health Colleagues,

I hope you all had a wonderful fall quarter, holiday season and New Year. As we begin the new calendar year, and almost my fifth year, I’d like to provide you with some updates from the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) via this newsletter.


Education Updates

Beginning Wednesday, January 08, 2014, I will be co-moderating the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Speaker Series: Health and Human Rights (LAW 723) with human rights scholar and Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute Fellow Helen Stacy. It will run on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm, and is open to the public. You can read more about the course here.

Now in the fourth year of collaboration with the University of Colorado, the $10 million NIH-MEPI grant is an attempt to strengthen medical capacity in Zimbabwe’s primary medical school.

At the end of the 2013, we had our annual meeting in Zimbabwe, and I would like to share some of the successes. Since the grant began there has been a 152 percent increase in enrollment in medical school, from 92 students to 237, largely felt to be due to the excitement this grant has generated. Prior to 2009, zero percentage of medical graduates went into internal medicine residency training, since the start of the grant, an average of 16 applicants a year seek internal medicine higher training. Zimbabwean students and faculty have had opportunities to come to both Stanford and the University of Colorado to learn specific skills and exchange knowledge. Over 75 faculty members from partner universities have rotated to Zimbabwe to teach and fill gaps in the curriculum.

Stanford's faculty Bonnie Maldonaldo and David Katzenstein, with longstanding research ties to UZHS, continue to strengthen research skills. Dr. Sherry Wren has started a surgical initiative with a soon to be realized bilateral exchange; Dr. Anna Messner has spearheaded ENT efforts; Dr. Ana Crawford has created Anesthesia curriculum; Dr. Maha Mahadevan has spearheaded the training of ER skills; and Dr. Andrew Connolly has provided both education and clinical Pathology services. Several other Stanford faculty have been involved in the visiting Professor Program as have medical residents, and CIGH’s Dr. Nancy Federspiel has been involved in teaching grant writing skills.

When MEPI began there was no internet connectivity at the medical school: Stanford has sent IT consultants to set up an intranet on campus, enhance connectivity and develop an evidence based approach to medical patients anchored by internet access to textbooks. A private donation by Up-To Date was set up on the intranet and Khan Academy has begun to set up a medical curriculum pertinent to low resource settings. The Stanford School of Medicine global health librarian, Lauren Maggio, has helped develop the UZCHS library capacity, which has seen a 78 percent increase in downloaded activities addressing the study of medicine.

This winter we have faculty, fellows and residents from OHNS, Anesthesia, and Internal Medicine who will be on clinical and education initiatives.

The recipients of the 2014-2015 academic year Johnson & Johnson Scholars program have been chosen and will be announced later this month. Scholars have the opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Liberia, Borneo, South Africa, Colombia, or Rwanda.

The Mary Duke Biddle Clinical Scholars program, open to medical students who will be in their 3rd or 4th years and to Pediatric residents, is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students have the opportunity to perform a clinical rotation in Bangladesh, Nepal, Ecuador, or Uganda. Applications and more information are available on our website, and the deadline is February 24, 2014.

The Stanford-NBC Global Health Media Fellowship application process for the 2014-2015 year is now open. In what will be its fourth year, the fellowship offers physicians and physicians-in-training the opportunity to work with the Communications Department of the WHO, with Stanford Journalism faculty and students, and with the NBC Medical News team in New York City. Applications are due February 5, 2014.

The popular two-week comprehensive global health course, Global Health: Beyond Diseases and International Organizations, led by Dr. Saraswati Kache and Dr. Cybele Renault is slated for again for this fall. Residents and fellows from all departments with an interest in global health are invited to apply. Applications will be available through program directors mid-January.

Hot Topics in Global Health is well underway. Global Health resident Meghana Gadgil presented at noon conference on November 6th, Anna Arroyo will present on March 26th, followed by Alex Sandhu on June 4th.

The first Stanford-UCSF Global Health Hub Series will begin January 27th, and will be held at UCSF (subsequently rotating between schools). The topic, “What is the Next Chapter for HIV?” will feature our own Dr. Eran Bendavid, along with Dr. Paul Volberding from UCSF and Stefano Bertozzi, who after a long tenure at the Gates Foundation is the new Dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. For more information and to register, see the UCSF website. We encourage members of the Stanford community to attend this first Hub in the series as we begin to foster cross-talk between the schools. The following Hub will be hosted at Stanford, on the afternoon of March 31st.

Lastly, Stanford has received a philanthropic award to help develop online education programs in low-resource settings. Dean Charles Prober and I are working on the development of this with Khan Academy, amongst other partners.


Research and Faculty Updates

C-IDEA and global biodesign projects continue to be in their last year of funding. Several innovation projects are trying to move to the next stage.

Our CIGH Innovation Awards are in the midst of being evaluated and we hope to announce the winners soon.

Please be aware that the Coulter Foundation Biodesign Award application is due January 17th.

We would like to highlight a few achievements of faculty in the global health space over the last few months:

S.V. Mahadevan, Professor of Surgery – Emergency Medicine, received the 4th Lifeline-AAEMI Award for EMS this past November. It was presented by Dr. Pankaj Arora at the Society for Emergency Medicine of India 2013 Conference in Wayanad, India, where he was also a keynote speaker.

Professor Robert Shafer, of Infectious Disease and Geographic Medicine, has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the use of point-of-care (POC) testing to identify HIV drug resistance in patients.  Professor Shafer's project entails the creation of a list of virus mutations for the sensitive and specific diagnosis of HIV drug resistance, a model to quantify the potential health and economic benefits of POC testing, and an advisory board to draft recommendations for biotechnology companies.

Mark Davis, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, received a Gates Foundation award this past fall. The "Systems Immunology Consortium for TB Vaccines: Highly Multidimensional Assessments," is a three year grants that creates a Consortium with Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, to discover and validate molecular, immunological, and clinical signatures of vaccine efficacy for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and other BMGF-priority diseases/conditions.


Global Health Interest Group Meeting Update

Thanks to all the global health community at Stanford for supporting all activities. Please join us for the next Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) meeting on February 20th, 2014, from 5:30-7:00 PM in Li Ka Shing Room 320 (Dean’s Boardroom).Dr. Niaz Banaei and doctoral students Allison Rhines and Hannah Frank will be presenting on tuberculosis research and diagnostic developments. There will also be an opportunity for networking by interest area for faculty and students.


Conference Updates

Save the dates May 12-14, 2014, for the next Consortium of Universities Global Health Meeting in Washington, DC. I have the honor of being the Scientific co-Chair at this event where Dr. Jim Kim of the World Bank, Peter Piot, Dean of London School of Tropical Diseases, and Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at Columbia will be keynoting. We have received almost 1,000 abstracts! Hope to see many of you there.

I wish you all a wonderful 2014.

Thanks to Larkin Callaghan, Steve Luby, Nancy Federspiel, Bonnie Maldonado, and Diane Madsen for their core support of CIGH.

Most sincerely,

Michele Barry

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