Post date: Thu, 05/27/2010 - 11:35

May 26, 2010. Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), gave a lecture on April 24 at Northwestern University. He spoke  to faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff about his vision for the NIH and his thoughts and reflections on new scientific frontiers. The lecture was hosted by Northwestern, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Chicago.

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Source: Feinberg News

Post date: Wed, 05/26/2010 - 09:39

May 25, 2010. McCormick students will soon have another graduate degree option: an MS in Global and Ecological Health Engineering

The new program, which recently received three years of funding from the National Science Foundation, will allow students to focus on the innovative design of medical devices for underserved populations throughout the world, including poor communities in the United States.

“McCormick is continually searching for innovative opportunities for our students,” says Julio M. Ottino, dean of the McCormick School. “This program has resulted from our strong partnerships with universities and healthcare facilities in Africa, Central America, and around the world. Students in this program will have considerable experience and a unique set of tools and experiences that will allow them to address today’s global challenges.” Read on...

Post date: Mon, 05/24/2010 - 11:34

May 24, 2010. Northwestern's Office of International Program Development (IPD) has announced a major enhancement of one of its programs, “China: Environment and Development,” first launched in 2009. To be rebranded as “China: Environment, Health and Development,” the revised Program will integrate public health and environmental issues into the curriculum beginning in Fall Quarter 2010. Sponsored by WCAS's Environmental Policy and Culture Minor, the Program exploits both traditional academic and experiential learning opportunities in China, where impressive economic development has generated severe environmental and health problems. With its expanded health focus, the Program has now also been approved for the Global Health Minor, which requires a study abroad experience. The program is open to all Northwestern undergraduates. Applications for the Program for Fall Quarter 2010 are now closed, but students considering foreign study for 2011-12 should begin their planning now. Read on...

Source: Office of International Program Development

Post date: Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:43

May 20, 2010. An estimated 3 million people live with the AIDS virus in Nigeria, making it second only to South Africa as home to the most HIV-infected persons in the world. Two free, public events at Northwestern University -- on Monday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 25 -- will discuss the findings of a Northwestern research initiative that addresses Nigeria's HIV crisis and steps Nigeria should take to reverse its failing war against AIDS. 

At the May 24 forum, titled "Can Nigeria End Its AIDS Pandemic? The Design of Knowledge-Based Prevention Strategies," Northwestern Professor Richard Joseph will join a prominent public health epidemiologist and four Nigerian research colleagues to discuss the pioneering research they have conducted on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria as part of the Northwestern initiative known as REACH. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Hardin Hall, 633 Clark Street, Evanston. 

The May 25 event, titled "American-Nigerian Research Collaboration: Lessons Learned," takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston. It will focus on how REACH -- an acronym for the University's Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS -- overcame obstacles to generate rigorous data on sensitive issues. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Wed, 05/19/2010 - 14:23

May 19, 2010. Northwestern University's Global Engagement Summit (GES) won the Outstanding Community Service Event Award. The award was presented to GES co-directors Megha Agrawal and Allison Bream at the 23rd Annual Norris Center Student Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, May 18.

GES is a five-day training conference for students committed to global change. Since its conception, GES has hosted undergraduates and recent graduates from over 40 countries and 50 universities, with more than 35 global nonprofits. The GES alumni community has grown to more than 550 people.

Through workshops, direct mentorships with nonprofit leaders, and outcome opportunities, GES delegates develop projects in microfinance, community development, global health, sustainable engineering, and many other change-based ideas. Delegates come together to understand the challenges of and opportunities for their engagement; to hone the skills and mindsets that will enable them to better plan, execute, and participate in change-based projects; and to connect with like-minded peers from around the world.

To find out more about GES, visit

Post date: Tue, 05/04/2010 - 14:33

May 2, 2010. The Center for Global Health's recent efforts in Haiti were highlighted in the Spring 2010 issue of Ward Rounds: "Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital mobilized in a number of different ways to help in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12. The medical school and hospital sent physicians and health care workers to provide medical relief to the victims. In addition, medical students brainstormed fundraising activities, making contributions to two relief organizations." Read on...

Post date: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 00:00

May 1, 2010. "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World " by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder has been chosen for One Book One Northwestern for the 2010-11 academic year.

The bestseller offers a passionate account of the attempts of Farmer, the Nobel-nominated physician and anthropologist, to secure health care for the poor in developing countries. Hailed as "a high priest of the narrative arts," Kidder devotes much of the book to Farmer's work through Partners in Health, which Farmer co-founded in 1987 to provide free health care and drugs to Haiti's poorest residents.

Farmer, a Harvard University professor of global health and social medicine, has been all over the news recently in his role as U.N. Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti. With former President Bill Clinton, he has been confronting the problems of helping tens of thousands of seriously disabled earthquake victims. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 15:05

April 20, 2010. Northwestern University's Center for Global Health, along with three other Chicago medical institutions, has been awarded the GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD by the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC).  This award recognized the four institutions' collaboration and dedication to assisting the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake.  The Center for Global Health is honored to accept this award on behalf of the university.  This was possible because of the generous support of the Northwestern community and volunteers who went to Haiti.
To read the award letter, click here.
To read more about the Center for Global Health's response to the Haiti earthquake, click here.