Post date: Tue, 03/01/2011 - 13:20

February 28, 2011. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was joined by of Steve Rosen, M.D., director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, at a press conference Sunday to protest the House of Representatives’ proposed $1.6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health’s budget

Before the press conference at the Lurie Cancer Center, Durbin toured Rosen’s lab to see firsthand the essential research being conducted there. 

“Not only would these spending cuts slow or halt important medical research, they would result in significant job losses and a slowdown in local business activity across the state,” Durbin told an audience of scientists and media. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Thu, 02/17/2011 - 12:58

February 17, 2011. As Ted Bakanas will tell you, going on a Global Brigades trip is an experience that sticks with you. On the plane back from his journey to Honduras, he was struck by the world he had just left. “I just saw everyone on the plane immediately whipping out their cell phones and checking everything,” the McCormick sophomore says. “I just realized how different the whole lifestyle is in Honduras…just the dramatic difference in the level of technology and the role it plays in your life.”

Bakanas’ realization is exactly the kind of awareness that Global Brigades seeks to instill in people. The largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization in the world, Global Brigades gives students the chance to create real-world solutions for problems that plague developing countries such as Honduras, Panama and Ghana. The organization is divided into different programs ranging from microfinance to architecture, all with the goal of not only physically aiding under-privileged communities, but providing them with the knowledge to give these communities enough autonomy to remain sustainable. The students involved in the Northwestern chapter of the Global Water Brigades have taken several trips to Honduras to help with projects such as laying pipes for direct water access and building water filtration systems, and will be returning to Honduras during spring break in March. Read on...

Source: North by Northwestern

Post date: Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:14

January 18, 2011. Nearly 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates noted that tuberculosis was the most widespread disease of his time. The prevalence of TB has not changed much since then, said Victor Roy (WCAS ‘07), a first-year medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine, at a presentation Friday.

The Buffett Center for Comparative and International Studies, 1902 Sheridan Road, hosted Roy, who shared his research work on "Social Strategy for Global Health Equity." Roy is a founding and current board member for GlobeMed, a non-profit that engages undergraduates at 33 universities across the U.S., including Northwestern, to advance a movement for global health equity. During his talk, Roy gave his audience an overview of how the landscape for battling TB has changed over the years. Read on...

Source: The Daily Northwestern

Post date: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 10:26

January 12, 2011. “I need a kidney. Call me.” Before 2006, such ads ran routinely in Egyptian newspapers and elsewhere in the world. Then the World Health Organization included Cairo in their list of top organ trafficking hotspots, driving the process further underground.

Egypt is one of a handful of countries pinpointed for high levels of organ trafficking. According to the World Health Organization, other countries include Columbia, the Philippines, China and Pakistan. New legislation in Egypt will attempt to combat the illegal trafficking by imposing sharp fines and jail sentences on violators.

The legislation comes after two years of deliberation in the Egyptian parliament, and eight years after doctors in the nation first proposed a draft law to regulate organ trafficking. Read on...

Source: Medill Reports Chicago

Post date: Mon, 01/03/2011 - 00:00

January 3, 2011. The Center for Global Engagement is excited to announce a partnership between its Global Engagement Summer Institute (GESI) and ThinkImpact, an international nonprofit and leader in catalyzing social enterprises in Kenya and South Africa. Two teams of four GESI students will spend the summer of 2011 at ThinkImpact’s site in rural Manyeleti, South Africa.

The GESI students will live in home stays, participate in Northwestern’s academic training, and gain Northwestern course credit, just as they do in all GESI sites. However, the South Africa site will differ from other GESI locations in that it has a distinct thematic focus on social enterprise development. Students will engage community members in order to understand their strengths and assets, and then work to discover and utilize opportunities for new social ventures.

Upon returning to the U.S., GESI students who spent the summer in South Africa will have the opportunity to apply for the ThinkImpact Fellowship, which is awarded each summer to the developers of the best business plans. ThinkImpact Fellows receive nine months of training in the U.S., seed loans for their social venture, and support for one year back in South Africa to implement their idea.

These tremendous opportunities for students to learn about and implement market-based development approaches, as well as ThinkImpact’s shared values for community-based solutions, make this partnership especially important for us. GESI applications will be accepted until March 2, 2011. Students interested in South Africa should apply earlier because space is limited. Need-based scholarships are available.

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Source: Buffett Center

Post date: Thu, 12/16/2010 - 14:38

December 15, 2010. On Dec. 13, a live feed connected members of Chicago’s refugee community with some of the 19 Northwestern University student reporters and three professors reporting from refugee camps in Jordan, Malawi and Namibia.

Clemantine Wamariya, who as a 6-year-old hid in a tree with her sister as their grandparents were murdered in their Rwandan home, was among the group visiting Malawi, where she once lived as a refugee.

A website featuring stories, short documentaries, audio vignettes and refugee portraits officially launched Dec. 13 at a reception at Northwestern hosted by RefugeeOne, a Chicago refugee agency. As part of the live feed, the Northwestern student team in Jordan’s Osire refugee camp reported on their work and took questions from resettled refugees and their advocates in Chicago.

For four days (Dec. 11 through 14) the Medill School of Journalism reporting teams documented daily life in the camps through audio, video and print reports on a website at

Wamariya, who spoke to the students as part of a class on reporting about refugees, returned to the Dzaleka camp for the first time since she was a refugee there. She served as a resource to the Malawi team.

“Our students in Malawi were the first journalists since 2007 to report out of the Dzaleka refugee camp,” says Medill Professor Jack Doppelt. He teaches the reporting class called “Connecting with Immigrant and Multi-Ethnic Communities.” Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Wed, 12/08/2010 - 15:11

December 7, 2010. Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are part of a nationwide project that has reached a major milestone in the effort to wipe out some of the most lethal diseases on the planet.

Since 2007, researchers have experimentally mapped out 500 3-D protein structures from bacterial and protozoan pathogens. Scientists can use information from these structures to design drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to combat deadly infectious diseases.

Some of the structures solved so far by Feinberg’s Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases include proteins from disease-causing organisms such as: Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), Salmonella enterica (salmonellosis food poisoning), Vibrio cholerae (cholera), Yersinia pestis (plague) and Staphylococcus aureus (staph infections).

The Feinberg center, along with a similar center at the Seattle BioMed Research Institute, is on track to ultimately identify nearly 1,000 structures by the end of 2012. The centers are funded by a five-year, $31 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 16:57

December 1, 2010. Feinberg physician John Flaherty shares a journal of his two weeks at Haiti’s main public hospital in Port-au-Prince, where he cared for patients in the intensive care unit.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12 killed 230,000 people, injured 300,000 and left more than 1 million homeless. Nearly four months after the earthquake hit, John Flaherty, an infectious disease physician and professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, traveled to Port-au-Prince, the capital and hardest hit area of Haiti, to join other U.S. and Canadian volunteer doctors and nurses working under the direction of the International Medical Corps at the city’s Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti, or University Hospital. Flaherty, who volunteered through Feinberg’s Center for Global Health, worked in the Haitian hospital’s intensive care unit for two weeks. Here are excerpts from his journal, which his daughter, Medill School of Journalism sophomore Maura Flaherty, compiled for Northwestern magazine. Read on...

Source: Northwestern Magazine

Post date: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 14:31

November 23, 2010. A daily dose of an oral antiretroviral drug, currently approved to treat HIV infection, reduced the risk of acquiring HIV infection by 43.8 percent among men who have sex with men. The findings, a major advance in HIV prevention research, come from a large international clinical trial published online Nov. 23 by the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, titled “Chemoprophylaxis for HIV Prevention in Men,” found even higher rates of effectiveness, up to 72.8 percent, among those participants who adhered most closely to the daily drug regimen.
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Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Post date: Mon, 11/15/2010 - 13:28

November 10, 2010. Why are so many babies born prematurely? Why do so many American children suffer from asthma, autism, obesity, behavior disorders and other health problems? Greater Chicago-area families have a unique opportunity to help better understand and prevent these conditions by participating in the National Children’s Study (NCS). 

Starting this month, the National Children’s Study-Greater Chicago Study Center, which includes Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago and the National Opinion Research Center, will begin enrolling Chicago-area pregnant women and women who may become pregnant in the study.

The study will then follow the children and their families from before birth until age 21 to help determine how family history and physical and social environments influence their health.

Feinberg received a seven-year, $32-million contract from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to conduct the National Children’s Study in the greater Chicago area.

“By participating in this study, women and their families can really contribute to understanding and improving the health of children in their neighborhoods and across the United States,” said Jane Holl, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Feinberg and attending physician at Children's Memorial Hospital. “All information gathered will be held in the highest confidentiality and privacy.” Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter