Post date: Wed, 09/15/2010 - 10:02

September 13, 2010. A recent study led by IPR anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa shows that rapid weight gain by male infants in the first six months of life has long-lasting health benefits. Variation in infant nutrition accounted for some of the health differences observed between the young men and women, adding support to the idea that the environment—and not just genetics—plays a role in development. IPR anthopologist Thomas McDade was also a co-author.
See the National Geographic article here.

Source: Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

Post date: Mon, 08/30/2010 - 15:34

August 30, 2010. Heavy monsoon rains in northwest Pakistan have caused the worst flooding in that nation's history.  Around 1,400 persons have been killed and entire villages swept away.  According to the UN, around 20 million people have been affected and 6 million are in urgent need of food, clean water and shelter. 

As there are members of the Northwestern medical community with ties to Pakistan, the Center for Global Health wishes to provide information on the situation and how to help. 

To learn about the situation and the ways to help, visit the following webpage, which will be updated as more information comes through:

Post date: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 09:58

July, 23, 2010. More than any other racial/ethnic group, African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated and suffer from HIV/AIDS.

A $10.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will enable researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to investigate how disproportionate confinement of racial/ethnic minorities affects health disparities in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The new grant will give a new focus to the Northwestern Juvenile Project, the largest longitudinal epidemiological study of mental health needs and outcomes of delinquent youth. 

Given the new direction of the research and its contributions to shaping public health policy, the University also is changing the name of Feinberg's research program, from psycho-legal studies to health disparities and public policy.

"We've been studying these kids since they were first arrested and detained in the late 90s," said Linda A. Teplin, the Owen L. Coon professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Feinberg and principal investigator of the study. "Now they are in their late 20s and early 30s, and we are studying their outcomes as adults. We are investigating how the deprivations suffered while they were incarcerated result in risk-taking behavior when they are released into the community or re-incarcerated." Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Fri, 06/18/2010 - 10:35

June 17, 2010. Northwestern's Center for Global Health was recently featured on Global Health TV. The Center for Global Health at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine identifies and implements research and educational training programs, both in the US and in resource-limited countries such as Nigeria. The center's work reflects a global approach to complex and shared medical needs, strengthening infrastructure and optimizing care for life-threatening conditions such as AIDS, tuberculosis, cancer and obesity. Watch the clip here!

Source: Global Health TV

Post date: Wed, 06/16/2010 - 10:31

June 15, 2010. Dr. David Serwadda, former Dean of the School of Public Health at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda speaks about Makerere University, its relationship to Northwestern as an international partner institution, as well as his research on HIV/Aids and the current state of the disease in Uganda. Dr. Serwadda was one of the first to research HIV/Aids in Uganda in the early 1980s.

Post date: Wed, 06/09/2010 - 14:49

June 8, 2010. Global Water Brigades is a national student organization devoted to aiding developing countries that lack basic water sanitation by building infrastructure and promoting awareness. At the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Northwestern University, students have been working with a village in Honduras to build pilas, a traditional water storage unit used by many Honduran families, and to provide water quality education.

Source: McCormick News Article

Post date: Fri, 06/04/2010 - 15:05

June 4, 2010. Paul Collier - The Plundered Planet: Why We Must—and How We Can—Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

Paul Collier discusses how responsible harnessing of natural resources could lift "The Bottom Billion" countries from poverty.

Watch the webcast here!

Source: The Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies

Post date: Thu, 05/27/2010 - 12:15

May 26, 2010. New studies on the risks associated with perceptions and behaviors regarding the AIDS pandemic in Nigeria were unveiled Monday evening at Northwestern University.

Through a four-year collaborative research effort funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Northwestern’s Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS, known as REACH, and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria studied strategies to end the country’s AIDS pandemic and released an interim report on the findings.

“Changing people’s habits is hard,” said Jay Walsh, vice president of research at Northwestern University. “We all like change in others but not in ourselves.” He said this change is needed to bring an end to HIV transmission. Read on...

Source: Medill Reports Chicago by J. Okray

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.

Download the Video

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...