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

Post date: Fri, 10/08/2010 - 12:59

October 8, 2010. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is among the U.S. medical schools and universities involved in an initiative to invest $130 million over five years to transform African medical education and dramatically increase the number of health workers.

Through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), faculty at the Center for Global Health at Feinberg will participate in a consortium to enhance medical knowledge and skills at the six leading medical schools in Nigeria. The consortium, led by the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, will emphasize excellence in health service delivery to the community and will develop clinical and translational research competencies of medical students, physician trainees, and public health graduate students. Drs. David Olaleye and Isaac Adewole, who are both faculty at University of Ibadan and adjunct professors at Feinberg, are the Principal Investigators on the award.  Dr. Robert L. Murphy, Director of the Center for Global Health, is the Project Director for Northwestern University. 

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Center for Global Health is participating in the Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Read on...

Source: Northwestern News
Center for Global Health MEPIN webpage
National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center Press Release

Post date: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 10:03

September 23, 2010. Northwestern students, faculty and staff are rallying to assist in relief efforts related to the flooding in Pakistan, which has devastated large areas of that country.

“I urge members of the Northwestern community to support the activities being organized by our faculty and students as well as the world-wide relief efforts,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. “On behalf of the University, I extend our sympathy to all of those affected by this disaster and to their friends and families, both in Pakistan and here in our community.”

The Northwestern Center for Global Health in the Feinberg School of Medicine is organizing a symposium on the Pakistan flooding and the global relief efforts. Featured speakers include: Dr. Asher Hasan of Naya Jeevan for Kids, a social enterprise that provides micro-insurance for the urban poor; Todd Shea from Shine Humanity, a disaster relief organization; and Dr. Rashid Chotani, vice president and global advisor for public health at Experior Advisory and director of the Global Infections Disease Surveillance and Alert System at the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

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.