Institute Awards Two Global Health Proposal Development Grants
The Institute for Public Health has awarded proposal development grants in global health to two transdisciplinary teams. The goal of this funding opportunity is to foster collaborations that will advance global health research at Washington University.
Towards a Comparative Study of Breast Cancer in West African Immigrant Populations
Carolyn Sargent, Department of Anthropology, Arts & Sciences, Washington University
Peter Benson, Department of Anthropology, Arts &Sciences, Washington University
Sarah Gehlert, Brown School and Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Washington University
Stephanie Larchanché, Director of Research, Minkowska Center for Immigrant Health, Paris
Joelle Vailly, Director of Research, National Institute for Medical Research, Research Center for Contemporary Issues in Public Health, Paris
Breast cancer is less prevalent—but much more lethal—in African-American women. This award will allow the researchers to plan a comparative research project that examines breast cancer rates and mortality in West African immigrant populations in Paris and Chicago. The proposed study will supplement and enhance the collaborators’ prior investigations, and potentially include genetic research, along with interviews of practitioners and patients and attention to the communications barriers and cultural and ethical constructs that impact patient outcomes.
A Randomized Control Trial of Sustainability of Improved Biomass Cookstoves in Rajasthan, India
Gautam Yadama, Brown School, Washington University
Pratim Biswas, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University
Mario Castro, School of Medicine, Washington University
Kenneth Schechtman, School of Medicine, Washington University
Household air pollution from inefficient stoves impacts the health and wellbeing of three billion people around the world. This pilot study investigates the sustainability, health effects, and environmental consequences of introducing clean cookstove technologies in Rajasthan, India. The Institute’s grant will supplement pilot funding to expand data collection that will be used in the development of a larger grant proposal.