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May 13, 2015. Dr. Scott Cordes was operating on a patient Tuesday when the hospital building in Nepal began to violently shake. He could hear screams throughout the hospital as nurses and family members tried to evacuate patients.

Cordes, an assistant clinical professor with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, was treating victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal less than three weeks ago, when the area was struck again — this time by a 7.3-magnitude quake centered between the capital Kathmandu and Mount Everest.

"They were already under severe stress from the first earthquake. Most of them had lost their homes and were severely injured," said Cordes, also a surgeon with NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute. "Some were trapped in their beds, either in casts or in traction, having just undergone surgery or waiting for an operation. So they couldn't run out of the hospital."

Within an hour, a wave of about 50 people arrived at the Kathmandu hospital. Cordes said they could provide only emergency casts and splints, feeling for broken bones, because people couldn't re-enter the hospital until officials were sure it was stable. Read more

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February 23, 2015. Northwestern's undergraduate public health study abroad program in Mexico City is being reinstated after a 6-year hiatus. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, Northwestern students will have the unique opportunity to participate in pre-departure workshops together with five medical students from Universidad Panamericana (UP), comparing nutrition, obesity and physical activity of Mexico City's population with Mexican immigrant populations in Chicago. The workshops will take place at Northwestern University during spring quarter. Northwestern and UP students will then conduct team research in Mexico in the summer. The grant, which is financially supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation, will also cover up to $700 for each Northwestern student's airfare to Mexico City.

Post date: Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:07

February 10, 2015. McGaw Graduate Medical Center of Northwestern University is now offering a competency-based global health certificate program to provide residents and fellows with training in clinical care delivery in resource-limited settings worldwide. 

“As an educator, global health provides an excellent educational framework to teach trainees about health inequities, their determinants, the globalization of health and disease as well as cultural competency which are all crucial to modern medical education,” said Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, assistant director of Global Health Graduate Education and curriculum director for the Masters of Science in Global Health.

The two-year certificate program, called the McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars Program, consists of lectures, a field experience and a scholarly project under the guidance of a global health mentor. The program was established in response to the interest in and participation of residents in global health rotations in various departments.

“Our residents are clamoring for this kind of training and we wanted to provide them with guidance and want them to train in socially responsible, high quality global health experiences,” she said. “Some will make this a career, but hopefully they all will learn skills that will help them take better care of patients and promote health equity for all.” 

Post date: Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:59

January 12, 2015. The first time Kyle Denlinger traveled outside of the United States, it was for a six-week clinical rotation focused on respiratory therapy at the University of San Sebastian in Chile with three of his third-year doctor of physical therapy (DPT) classmates. The program is part of a partnership between the two universities that was created in 2012, and Denlinger’s group was the first group of Feinberg students to participate. He said he decided to take the opportunity to learn about a different culture and develop new skills. 

“This experience enhanced my cardiopulmonary physical therapy skill set, improved my flexibility, communication and problem solving skills, and provided me with my first experience out of the country working with [people who speak] Spanish,” Denlinger said. “Experiencing this culture and improving my Spanish skills will improve my ability to work with [future patients who speak] Spanish. My new pulmonary PT skills will allow me to see patients through a new lens, improve my care of patients with pulmonary issues, and make me a better therapist.” Read more

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January 12, 2015. Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), has accepted 12 interdisciplinary Northwestern teams in the pilot year of the University’s relationship with the program. The selected teams worked closely with the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) to submit impactful proposals addressing pressing issues in education, the environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

Founded by President Bill Clinton in 2007, CGI U networks the innovation talents of students from more than 300 universities across the globe to foster student-led actions that address sustainability issues impacting their communities and the world. Students accepted to CGI U will meet at a summit at the University of Miami inMarch, where they will network with world leaders, professionals, and peers.

A total of 34 Northwestern students applied to attend the 2015 summit, including 9 interdisciplinary teams of 2-3 students and 10 individual applicants. Read more

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January 11, 2015. A resident at the Feinberg School of Medicine has started a program partnering Northwestern with an Ethiopian medical school to decrease maternal mortality in the country.

Last week, Dr. Gelila Goba, a fourth-year resident at Feinberg, returned to NU after a weeklong trip to Ethiopia, her home country.

Goba’s program, the Mela Project, partners Feinberg with Mekelle University’s obstetrics and gynecology department in Ethiopia. Feinberg has sent three teams of medical faculty, residents and students to Ethiopia since October for the program, which aims to improve medical education and healthcare delivery in the country’s Tigray region. Read more

Post date: Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:54

November 12, 2104. Robert Murphy, MD, ’81, ’84 GME, director of the Center for Global Health and John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases has been awarded funding to develop low-cost on-site tests to detect and monitor hepatitis C for patients in sub-Saharan Africa.

The five-year, $3 million project, supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Global Health (CGH), aims to identify patients at risk for developing hepatocellular carcinoma, a common and deadly type of liver cancer frequently caused by chronic hepatitis B or C infection.

More than 80 percent of the world’s cases of hepatocellular carcinoma occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where the cancer is not usually diagnosed until its late stages, when average life expectancy for patients is just one to three months.

“The new hepatitis C tests will identify infected people, who will then be offered treatment and screened for cancer,” said Dr. Murphy. “We hope to catch the cancer at an earlier stage and provide treatment with better outcomes.” Read more

Post date: Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:05

November 5, 2014. A special adviser to the president who assists in Nigerian AIDS relief spoke Tuesday about the Ebola epidemic and common misconceptions about the disease.

Dr. Robert Murphy, special adviser to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program in Nigeria, addressed about 25 students during the talk.

The event was hosted by the Northwestern chapters of the American Red Cross, MEDLIFE and Rotaract Club.

Weinberg sophomore Kathryn Kim, philanthropy chair of NU Red Cross, said students are often unaware of the realities of important issues like the Ebola epidemic.

“Even though we are in college getting an education, we are still in a bubble,” Kim said. “We need more awareness of current events like this, especially during a time when the media and Internet cause so many misconceptions.”

Murphy, director of the Center for Global Health at NU, began the talk focusing on the microbiological and historical background of the Ebola virus, describing the structure of the virus and where the current epidemic originated. Read more

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October 31, 2014. A highlight of Northwestern's program includes the development of new practicum sites in Africa for the interdisciplinary Access to Health Project. In that project, students and faculty from Northwestern's School of Law, its Center for Global Health and Kellogg School of Management work with a community in the developing world to assess its public health needs and to design an appropriate, sustainable intervention.

Post date: Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:38

September 10, 2014. As the HIV/AIDS epidemic evolves in developing nations, new research questions are emerging. Northwestern University was awarded $1.5 million by the NIH Fogarty International Center as part of its recently announced plan to award about $16.5 million over five years in 11 grants to strengthen research training in 10 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and increase their institutions’ ability to compete for independent research funding.

The Northwestern and Jos University Research Training Program in HIV and Malignancies program will build a multidisciplinary research-training program to develop research teams focused on innovative, collaborative endeavors in AIDS-defining malignancies (cervical cancer, Kaposi sarcoma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Read more