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From the Global Health Director's Desk

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

Dear Global Health Colleagues,

This is a quarterly update to let folks know where global health activities are going in the next few months and what has been accomplished since the last Dean’s letter.

We had a cross-campus retreat at the Quadrus Center in June to reflect on the past five years since a Dean’s position was created for Stanford Global Health and the three years since the Center for Innovation in Global Health was inaugurated. Olivia Crawford and David O’Brien from Strategic Operations moderated the brainstorming session to help determine a strategic plan for the next five years. Dean Minor and Vice Dean Boxer subsequently have been supportive of the goals proposed and have generously offered support to achieve the major suggestions that evolved from retreat.

In short summary, two new global health faculty will be recruited over the upcoming two years as shared faculty between Stanford School of Medicine and another school or program at the University (e.g. engineering, policy, etc.). Annual multidisciplinary CIGH seed grants will continue focused on global health solutions in drugs, diagnostics and therapeutics. A national search for a new Deputy Director will be initiated, and our new recruit, Andrea Sprockett, MIPH, will be coordinating the educational programs at CIGH. Lastly a geographic site will be selected and supported to have longstanding Stanford faculty and student presence in an ongoing partnership in research, education and clinical service.

Education Update

Fifteen Johnson and Johnson Physician Scholars were chosen for 2014-15, as were the 16 Mary Duke Biddle Scholars. The intensive Global Health Course will be starting in September and will be run by Dr. Cybele Renault and Dr. Saraswati Kache. Thirty-four residents have signed up for this opportunity from 10 residency/fellowship programs. Many outside speakers are scheduled and a hands-on lab experience will be offered. Dr. Steve Luby will be running a 2-day post-course retreat on Global Health Research Methodology for which 12 residents have enrolled.


The inaugural Global Health Research seminar series was held and Dr. Scott Rozelle of FSI presented his work in China.

Our Global Health Equity Scholars consortium, funded by NIH/Fogarty, has selected eight scholars at the graduate and postgraduate level after a national search; in addition, awards for research funding were made to five junior faculty. Stanford-affiliated awardees include: 1) Lily Horng, an Infectious Diseases fellow, who will conduct HIV research in Bangladesh on healthcare use and on knowledge and perceptions about preventing mother to child transmission (PMTCT) in migrant families; and 2) Dr. Jason Andrews, a new Infectious Diseases Assistant Professor, who will investigate the transmission dynamics of tuberculosis in Brazilian prisons. In addition, a Zimbabwean scholar, Tinashe Gede, will work investigating the epidemiology and outcome of sepsis and septic shock in hospitalized, adult HIV-infected patients in Zimbabwe with Dr. David Katzenstein as his Stanford mentor.  A selection of the awarded research projects for other GHES scholars includes: Intervention of HIV, drug use, and the criminal justice system in Malaysia; a pilot study of the implementation of a trauma registry at a trauma referral center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; bacterial vaginosis as an HIV risk factor amongst women in Mysore, India; and Macrophage migration inhibitory factor polymorphisms and disease susceptibility in tuberculosis patients in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The annual orientation for new Fogarty scholars was held at NIH July 6-12, which Nancy Federspiel attended.

Pilot Project Awards

In the recent competition for CIGH and C-IDEA awards, we received over 50 proposals requesting 1.2 million dollars. We were able to make 9 awards.

CIGH Pilot projects awarded for 2014-5
Dr. Shirat Einav and Dr. Vijay Pande will be looking at the repurposing of a drug for dengue control. Ian Connolly and colleagues will be using the funding to scale up their invention in a Brazil trial—Miracle Feet—a 20 dollar club foot corrective brace. Laurie Kwong and Steve Luby will be assessing exposure to pesticides and lead in rural Bangladesh.

C-IDEA awards for 2104-5
The last of our C-IDEA grant monies were distributed as follows: Dr. Gary Schoolnik and colleagues will develop a new TB susceptibility diagnostic platform. Keegan Cooke and Dr. Jeff Koseff will pilot a low cost sensor to track remote shared water points in Kenya. Dr. Jessica Grembi and colleagues will be validating a WaferGen Smartchip PCR assay for pathogens in diarrheal disease. Richard Freeman and Erik Jenson from the law school will be identifying legal bottlenecks that obstruct healthcare in Rwanda. Jessica Vernon and colleagues will be building a better pharmaceutical supply chain in Kenya through Miti Health, and Jason Andrews will be developing a low cost point of care hearing test for patients receiving ototoxic drugs for MDR TB in resource limited settings starting in Ethiopia.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the global health community who participated in the global health retreat and offer a shout out to the leadership group Dr. Paul Yock, Dr. Steve Luby, Dr. David Relman, Dr. Bonnie Maldonaldo, and Dr. Paul Wise, as well as to David O’Brien and Olivia Crawford.

Look forward to the CIGH quarterly meeting in September. We also will be announcing a Global Health Research Day in the winter where people throughout the University working on global health projects will present their work. A keynote address will anchor the event.


Best to all,

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