Institute for Public Health names new director of the Global Health Center

The Institute for Public Health announces the appointment of Victor G. Dávila-Román, MD, as director of its Global Health Center. He was also named vice chair of global health in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine. Dávila-Román is professor of medicine in the cardiovascular division of the Department of Medicine, and a […]

WashU & LIGA/INCAN present at national radiological meeting

Members of the Global Health Center and colleagues from LIGA INCAN clinic in Guatemala spoke at a high-level conference recently on the project to bring life-saving cancer treatment to the region’s poor.

2021 Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference summary

Washington University infectious disease and climate change experts recently joined the Global Health Center and members of the WUSTL global health community for the 8th annual Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference, “The Impact of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases”.

2020: Artful global health reflections

For many, this year was like no other in recent memory: politics, COVID-19, natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, mental health, racism, etc. What is your personal perception of how 2020 has affected Global Health? The Global Health Center compiled this capsule of reflections and artwork from Global Health practitioners, students and faculty. Title: Hunger […]

2020 Summer Research Program Summary

The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program has wrapped up its 2020 program differently this year. Between June and late July, due to COVID-19 on-campus restrictions, summer program cohorts in the Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track and in the Aging and Neurological Diseases Track attended virtual programs. After being accepted via online application, […]

The power of Zoom

Written by Maya Terry, BA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis & participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program In the face of COVID-19, the world has gone virtual. People are working and going to school from their homes. Internships and programs have been canceled or moved online.  The Institute […]

2019 Summer Research Program Summary

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager at Institute for Public Health Another Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program came to a close with nearly 30 participants from 14 universities in the continental U.S. and Ireland attending. Students were at various stages of their academic careers ranging from undergraduate, to masters program and medical students […]

Improving Cancer Care in Guatemala (Links to an external site)

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health is helping provide state of the art equipment and the latest in cancer treatment technology to a part of the world where patients are underserved and technology to treat the disease is severely lacking. Through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development […]

A situational analysis of breast cancer early detection services in Trinidad and Tobago

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, as well as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, with over half occurring in developing countries. Specifically, it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). Not only does T&T have one of the highest breast cancer mortality […]

HBO Documentary Screening Interviews

The Global Health Center and Center for Community Health Partnership & Research recently hosted a screening of the HBO documentary “Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Four Summer Research Program students had the opportunity to interview Steven Larson, MD, co-founder and executive director of Puentes de Salud; and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the film’s director. […]

How should microbiota-directed foods be regulated?

The Global Health Center, headed by William Powderly, MD, is working with the Center for Gut Microbiome and Nutrition Research, directed by Jeffrey Gordon, MD, and a multidisciplinary team of Washington University faculty, staff and trainees in a gut microbiome initiative designed to address a range of scientific, regulatory, ethical, social, cultural, and policy considerations […]

Global Health Center awards funding

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis has awarded funding for a public health project. Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH and  William G. Powderly, MD, from Washington University and Carlos Mejia, MD, from Roosevelt Hospital Guatemala were awarded $15,000 for their project proposal, “Cardiovascular disease risk, tobacco […]

E-cigarettes and E-liquids looming public health concern in Guatemala

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and e-liquids are readily available in Guatemala. While marketed as a way to sidestep the smoke-free law, these products are not regulated and do not contain warnings unlike like cigarette marketing protocols. Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery, conducted the first study analyzing e-cigarettes and e-liquids in a low/middle income […]

Reflections from the 2017 Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference

Written by Robert Potter, graduate student, Molecular Microbiology, Gautam Dantas Lab, Washington University The 2017 Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference was a fascinating two-day event that featured captivating talks and posters from all categories of scientific personnel. Due to the overwhelming scope of the challenges facing global health, presentations hailed from a variety of technical […]

2017 Global Health & Infectious Disease award winners

The 5th Annual Global Health and Infectious Disease Conference, Science to Solutions, was a great success. Thank you to everyone who joined us to present, listen, learn, and connect. Prizes were awarded for the best talk at the Trainee Oral Symposium on March 30 and best posters at the Conference on March 31. Best Poster in the […]

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2015

The Lancet recently published the 2015 Global Burden of Disease Capstone papers including articles on global mortality, years living with disability, disability-adjusted life-years, risk factors for disease, and a baseline analysis of health-related sustainable development goals. The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2015 (GBD 2015) brings together the most recent epidemiological […]

2016-17 Global Health Student Advisory Committee

The Global Health Center has formed its 2016-17 Global Health Student Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of student representatives from Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, McDonnell International Scholars Academy, the School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy, and the Brown School. The role of […]

Global Research Site Award to project on malnutrition in Haiti

Lora Iannotti, PhD, Associate Professor at the Brown School received funding to establish a Global Research Site in Haiti to work on malnutrition. “The goal of this award from the Global Health Center is to deepen already existing links in a resource-poor settings, in order to increase the involvement of Washington University faculty and students […]

Global Health & Infectious Disease 2016 event award winners

The 4th Annual Global Health and Infectious Disease Conference was again a great success. Thank you to everyone who joined us to present, listen, learn, and connect. Prizes were awarded for the best talk at the Trainee Oral Symposium on April 14th and best posters at the Conference on April 15. Oral Award Kristin Griffiths, PhD, Postdoctoral […]

Project New Boundaries for Youth

Last year Nidhi Bhaskar, a junior at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, contacted Jacaranda van Rheenen, PhD, manager of the Global Health Center, to discuss her new organization, Project New Boundaries for Youth (ProjectNBYOUTH). Nidhi created her non-profit organization to spread awareness and inspire youth about local health, education, and environmental issues […]

Reflections from Global Health Week

Written by María Ruiz, a junior at Washington University and the President of the Steering Committee for Global Health Week After many months of planning, the first student-organized Global Health Week culminated at the end of September. We think it was a great success. As I stated in a previous piece about Global Health Week, global health is a […]

Videos from the Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference

A number of videos are now available from the talks at the April 10, 2015 Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference. These include: “Translational Medicine & Global Infectious Diseases – Need for Interdisciplinarity” with William Powderly, MD, Washington University “The Neglected Tropical Diseases Caused by Infections with Helminth Parasites” with Edward Pearce, PhD, Washington University “Using Genomics to […]

One postdoc fellow’s take on the Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference

Written by Rosanne Hertzberger, PhD, postdoctoral fellow and Morse Fellowship recipient in the Lewis Lab of Microbial Glycobiology and Women’s Health When my abstract was selected to present at the oral trainee session of the third annual Global Health and Infectious Disease Conference, I spent quite some time deliberating on how my research, my daily […]

Congrats to winners of global health infectious disease presentation awards

A number of participants in the 2015 Global Health & Infectious Disease Symposium and Conference on April 9 & 10 received awards for their outstanding work. These included: Trainee Oral Symposium Presentations Best postdoctoral fellow talkRosanne Hertzberger, PhD, cWIDR, Washington University, for: “Degradation and Metabolism of Glycogen During Bacterial Vaginosis” Best student talkPriya Pal, MD/PhD […]

Successful Open Streets program

During Open Streets events, cars are restricted from driving on certain streets so that people may walk, run, bike, skate, dance and play for a few hours each week, most commonly on Sundays. Common in Latin America, these events give communities a safe and affordable environment in which to come together for exercise and play. […]

Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections call to action

In late February 2015, the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) convened thought leaders from around the globe met in Seattle, WA. The director of the Institute and its Global Health Center, Bill Powderly, was one of the speakers at this key event. Stakeholders concluded that the early detection and treatment of fungal meningitis […]

2014 Summer Research Program in Global Health

2014 S R P G H students pose for a photo

The 2014 Summer Research Program in Global Health (SRPGH), from the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis offered eight students (from undergraduates to medical students) the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty mentors focusing on global health. The goal of the program was to expose […]

Maternal-child health researchers offer their insights

Recently, the Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease at Washington University in St. Louis contacted some of the presenters at the 2014 CGHID conference to gain a deeper insight into their experiences in the field of maternal/child health. Here is what we learned: Describe your career path a bit. What drew you to the […]