Sickle cell disease and cognitive development

By Gavi Forman, BA candidate in Political Science at Amherst College; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track I originally matched with Allison King, MD, MPH, PhD, a pediatrician and researcher at Washington University in St. Louis after being admitted to the Institute […]

HIV prevention: past and present role in global health

As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other prevalent infectious diseases, their sociopolitical context, and their past and present role in global health. As of 2019, there were about 38 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world. […]

HIV prevention: Advances and disparities

Written by Raveena Mata, MA candidate in Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University& the Colonel Carroll A. Ockert Award Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other […]

Reflection: Public health in St. Louis

Written by Lauren Jennings, BS Candidate, University of Kansas; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track  As a rising senior at the University of Kansas, I study Molecular Biology on the premedical track. My experiences working with marginalized groups in my collegiate career paired with my […]

Adapt and respond: The necessity of versatility in public health

 By Samantha Grounds, BSPH nutrition candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track When discussing how her experience living through 9/11 as a law student in New York City altered her work and […]

Trust and working with communities

Written by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track One idea that has come up over and over during the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program seminars is the idea of developing trust with communities and listening to communities […]

Finding refuge: Sexual violence in forced displacement & COVID-19 implications

Globally, approximately 79.5 million people are currently forcibly displaced and have fled their homes to escape violence, conflict, or persecution. In a recent seminar, Kim Seelinger, JD, Director, Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration discussed the roles of the health-sector in supporting survivors of SGBV. Sexual and gender-based violence is a broad term that […]

Global cardiovascular disease

Written by Gavi Forman, BA in political science at Amherst College; participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects many people in the world every day. A shocking 17.8 million deaths around the globe were attributed to CVD in 2017, demonstrating […]

Physical activity in Latin America

Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Deborah Salvo, PhD, an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Washington University’s Brown School as part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track seminar series. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt lives across the world, many of us may […]

Climate and global mental health

by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Parul Bakhshi, PhD, Assistant Professor/Instructor, Program in Occupational Therapy and Brown School, and Clement Bayetti, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Brown School, spoke about the discourses of climate change and global […]

Trust: A rising public health concern?

Written by Farhana Nabi, MD candidate at the University College Dublin; University College Dublin Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Trust. It is the essence of formative relationships between people, institutions and societies. In a conversation with Kurt Dirks, PhD, vice chancellor for […]

Racism in the U.S.: Responsibility of the public health sector

Written by Laasya Vallabhaneni, BS candidate in neuroscience and cognitive science at University of Arizona; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track  Only by acknowledging the presence of racism ingrained in our system can we bring change for minority populations being disproportionately affected. […]

Down the Road or Across the Pond: Ensuring Successful Work in Communities

Written by Samantha Grounds, BSPH Nutrition candidate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program Tawnya Brown, MSW, Sonia Deal, RN, LNHA, Ericka Hayes, MD, George Kyei, MBChB, PhD, and Krista Milich, PhD, shared their knowledge and experiences surrounding working in communities—both […]

A summer of new explorations

Written by Zainab Ali, participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Aging & Neurological Diseases Track Confidence—the number one thing I gained this summer. Being a part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program, Aging and Neurological Diseases Track through the Harvey A. Freidman Center for Aging has truly […]

A summer of many firsts

Written by Relebohile Masitha, BA, Agnes Scott College and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track I have conducted interviews for needs assessments and small projects before. This is my first time conducting interviews for research. What I enjoy most about the research I do is the […]

My summer of exploration & realization

Written by Caitlyn Johnson, BA, Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Before showing up to orientation day, I did not realize I would get to spend so much time with the other participants of the program. I had been preparing to […]

A rewarding professional experience

Written ny Chinmayi Venkatram, BA candidate at University of Pittsburgh and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track The past seven weeks of the Institute of Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track have been an enriching and rewarding professional experience. This summer, I […]

A life-changing experience

Written by Olivia Pokoski, BPH, MPH candidate at the University of Kentucky and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Before beginning the Summer Research Program, I had no idea that it would impact my life so deeply. For five weeks I lived in Iganga, Uganda, a city […]

Do’s and don’ts of global health research

Written by Samuel Jaros, BS student at Loyola University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track students recently met with four researchers to discuss the do’s and don’ts of performing public health […]

An invaluable opportunity

Written by Eniola Kasim, MD candidate at University College Dublin and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track It is astonishing, and a little bit startling, how fast two months can just fly by. I remember when I initially got accepted into the Institute for Public Health Summer […]

People as people, not problems

Written by Antonia Asher, MPH Candidate, Tulane University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track As a participant of the Institute of Public Health Summer Research Program- Public & Global Health track, I am working with Dr. Darrell Hudson, Associate Professor, Brown School, and his research […]

Cultivating an atmosphere for interdisciplinary collaboration and pushing personal boundaries

  Written by Lyndsey Armes, BS Candidate at University of Kentucky and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track WOW—I cannot believe that my time here in St. Louis is coming to a close. This summer has been fast-paced, exciting, and informative to say the least. Participating […]

Seeking, facing and conquering challenge

Written by Amy Jasani, BA, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program  – Public & Global Health Track I find it extremely difficult to summarize and reflect on my eight weeks in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track. Where […]

Summer Program Final Reflection

Written by Sithembile Chithenga, MBBS, Master of Public Health Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track I started the summer program with an intent to be part of something meaningful and to apply the public health methods that I learned throughout […]

Global solutions to local healthcare challenges: What we can learn from Rwanda and Australia?

Written by Sithembile Chithenga, MBBS, master of public health candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Andwele Jolly, DPT, MBA, MHA, OCS, Business Director, Divisions of Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology and Hematology, sought to improve the chronic pain disease burden […]

How to write an abstract

Written by Vineeth Amba, Biology and Public Health, The College of New Jersey, and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track In the seminar titled “How to Write an Abstract”, Ms. Karen Dodson, manager, Professional Development and  associate dean of faculty affairs, lectured on how to perfect our […]

Learning about aging: A multidisciplinary approach

Written by Asia Parson, BS candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Aging and Neurological Disease Track I absolutely love the Summer Research Program at Washington University in St. Louis. My program’s focus is on older adults and all of the things that […]

The wonderful world of virology

Written by Eniola Kasim, BS student in medicine at University College Dublin and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track As a medical student with an interest in infectious diseases, I was really looking forward to attending this seminar. The fact that tiny microorganisms such as bacteria […]

Mental health & disorders

Written by Juliet Enow, DrPH candidate, Jackson State University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track The past four weeks of the Institute of Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track have been an enriching and  rewarding professional experience and I am […]

D&I and HIV

Written by Colette Cambey, BA, Vassar College and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track at Washington University in St. Louis has been my first exposure to true public health research. I’m ecstatic […]

It’s “revolutionary”

Written by Tobi Okopie, BS, Georgetown University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Most people would describe summer experiences as a large contributor to their college experience. What they often fail to mention is how life-changing a summer well spent can be. For me, the […]

A different research experience

Written by Lauren Klein, Notre Dame University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track As I approach the halfway point of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track, I realize how much it has already influenced me personally and professionally. […]

Finding novel health interventions

Written by Vineeth Amba, biology/public health major at College of New Jersey and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Coming into this program, I had experience in plant genetics and nutritional epidemiology research, and am currently evaluating a hip-hop dance obesity intervention at my home institution. […]

Getting to know my peers

Written by Emily Saxon, student at Michigan State University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track My research in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track, has been with Dr. Rumi Kato Price, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, […]

Defining public health research

by Jordan Leith, BS student at University of Tennessee-Knoxville and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track For much of my undergraduate career, “Public Health” has been an enigmatic term. Many disciplines, ranging from mathematics to anthropology, are readily discerned due to their well-defined subject matter. However, […]

Public health & medicine

Written by Brittany Calkins, BA candidate at Emory University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Before I started this program, I was excited to learn more about public health through the seminars and through my research, and I was interested to learn how public health […]

Summer in St. Louis

Written by Chee Teik Lee, MD student at University College Dublin and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Coming to the states for the summer and being surrounded by the humidity in St Louis hasn’t been easy. It definitely took some effort and adjustment to be able […]

Applying to graduate programs

Written by Colette Cambey, BA graduate of Vassar College and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track In a Summer Research Program seminar, we learned from Drs. Angela Hobson, PhD, MPH and Gregory Polites, MD about the process of applying to MD, MPH, and PhD programs. […]

Looking for a cure for HIV among Ghanaian herbal remedies

Looking for a cure for HIV among Ghanaian herbal remedies Written by Samuel Jaros, student at Loyola University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track To sum up my entire experience of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health […]

A personal journey: The evolution of a career in military medicine

Written by Caitlyn Johnson, BA candidate, Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the Institute for Public Health 2019 Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Pauletta Blueitt, MHA, retired Colonel and an advisory board chair to the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, began her career in military medicine when […]

Exploring the power of narratives for reproductive health

Written by Brianna Cusanno, graduate student at University of South Florida & alumna of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program When I entered the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track in June 2015, I was a college junior with little interest research as a career. Four years […]

An enjoyable research experience

Written by Alayna Patrick, MS, PhD student at Saint Louis University and alumna of the Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track I must say that participating in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track, was one of the most engaging and rewarding experiences of my public […]

A little bit each day

Written by Brian P. Kinealy, MD candidate at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and alumnus of the Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program is an incredible opportunity for scholarship, networking, and community engagement. Through didactics (making moral observations), research mentorships, and immersive learning […]

A foundation in public health for a future in nursing

Written by Margot Palmer, 2019 graduate of University of Georgia and alumna of the Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track I was a participant in the Washington University Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track in 2018. As an undergraduate researcher in Dr. James Fleckenstein’s lab, […]

Communication is key

Written by Lyndsey Armes, BS  in biology candidate at University of Kentucky and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Many researchers will tell you that they decided to go into a specific field because of their love for the subject matter, their curiosity, or their desire to […]

Importance of social context in health research

Written by Antonia Asher, MPH Candidate in International Health & Development at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track This summer, I am working with Dr. Darrell Hudson, Associate Professor, Brown School, and his […]

Research to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and related neglected tropical diseases

By Chinmayi Venkatram, BA candidate, University of Pittsburgh and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Dr. Gary Weil, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, spoke to the students in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program, about the research he has […]

Targeting RANK pathway in mammographic density and breast cancer prevention

Written by Chee Teik Lee, medical student at University College Dublin and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women. Age, obesity, and mammographic density are strong risk factors for breast cancer. Modifiable lifestyle factors such […]

Taking research from Saint Louis to New Delhi

Written by Biva Rajbhandari, programme officer at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in New Delhi, India and alumna of the Summer Research Program- Public & Global Health Track I learned about the Summer Research Program during my first year as a Masters’ candidate in Public Health and Social Work at the Brown School. From the […]