Post date: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:00am

August 15, 2011. The south and southwest sides of Chicago suffer the most in terms of residents’ health and access to basic health resources, according to a new study of 77 Chicago neighborhoods.

The study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health is the first comprehensive profile compiled in one document of the health of residents and resources in Chicago neighborhoods. The study was made possible with support from the Aetna Foundation and Aetna Inc.

The 150-page study of Chicago neighborhoods -- available at -- tracks the prevalence of five key public health issues for the entire city. The health issues -- which serve as the cornerstone of the Chicago public health agenda being released tomorrow -- are childhood obesity, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and motor vehicle injury and death. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 2:33pm

No hiding place - The long-sought goal of a cure for AIDS is inching closer

July 21, 2011. AIDS researchers, many of whom have been meeting this week in Rome under the auspices of the International AIDS Society, are rightly pleased with the progress they have made. In particular, the use of antiretroviral drugs has not only revolutionised treatment of HIV infection, but also offers the prospect of stopping the spread of the virus. In a matter of weeks, these drugs reduce the number of viruses per millilitre of infected blood from millions to less than 50. That deals with both symptoms and infectivity. Unless a patient stops taking the drugs, or goes on to develop resistance to them, he can expect to live almost as long as an uninfected individual. Read on...

Source: The Economist

Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 3:26pm

April 12, 2011. Northwestern University held its first-ever Global Health Week April 5-8 on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. The event welcomed almost 40 institutional partners from across the globe — physicians and researchers from more than a dozen countries, including Chile, France, India, and Nigeria. Through a series of talks and networking events, the University introduced foreign and domestic guests to its global health efforts and to countless opportunities for expanding collaborations.

“Global Health Week is a celebration of many years of collaboration with leading institutions worldwide,” said Robert Murphy, MD, John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases and director of the Center for Global Health at the Feinberg School of Medicine. “We all know that highly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary partnerships are necessary to curb inequities in healthcare.” Read on...

Source: Feinberg News

Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 10:00am

April 11, 2011. Designers, editors and managers from companies including GE Healthcare, Herman Miller and Fast Company magazine will gather to discuss new innovations in health care and design Thursday, April 14, at Northwestern University.

The annual design seminar “Design:Chicago” will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Auditorium, James L. Allen Center, 2169 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus.

The popular event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The panel will feature Robert T. Schwartz, general manager, global design, GE Healthcare; Sumant Ramachandra, senior vice president R&D and medical affairs, chief scientific officer, Hospira
; Linda Tischler, editor, Fast Company
; Gretchen Gscheidle, director, insight and exploration, Herman Miller; and Lorna Ross, design manager, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter

Post date: Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 10:03am

April 8, 2011. Michael Wallach ’06 believes that one of the greatest barriers to Africa’s growth is the lack of awareness of the opportunities on the continent.

At the 2011 Kellogg Africa Business Conference, Wallach cited a study of investors in which 60 percent of the respondents said they weren’t aware of general partnerships that invested in Africa.

“That, to me, strikes of opportunity,” said Wallach, the Sachs Capital Group director of strategic investments, during the panel discussion “Financing Africa’s Growth: Who Holds the Key?”

More than 267 alumni, students and business professionals attended the sold-out April 2 event, in which speakers and panelists explored the theme “Africa’s Golden Age: Seizing Opportunities in an Exciting New Era.” Read on...

Source: Kellogg News & Events

Post date: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 7:30am

March 31, 2011. Northwestern University Global Health Week 2011 will celebrate the University’s years of partnership with institutions worldwide and explore future opportunities for research and collaboration.

The week’s activities, to be held on the Evanston and Chicago campuses from April 5 to 8, will showcase the many global health initiatives at Northwestern and its international partners’ institutions.

Global health leaders from more than a dozen countries will provide insight into research and public health issues facing their countries. They also will highlight educational opportunities and potential for further research and collaboration on global medical education, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS research, global health delivery programs and other topics.

Participants will include international academic leaders, physicians and research collaborators from Burkina Faso, Chile, China, France, India, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Key attendees from Northwestern will include President Morton Schapiro; Provost Daniel Linzer; Jay Walsh, vice president for research; Jeffrey Glassroth, M.D., interim dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine; Rex Chisholm, dean for research at Feinberg; and Raymond Curry, M.D., vice dean for education at Feinberg.

Robert Murphy, M.D., is chair of the Global Health Week committee and director of the Center for Global Health at Feinberg. Other members of the committee are Dévora Grynspan, director of Northwestern’s Office of International Program Development; Matthew Glucksberg, professor and chair of biomedical engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Kara Palamountain, research assistant professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at the Kellogg School of Management. 

Global Health Week is a collaboration between Feinberg, McCormick, Kellogg and the Weinberg College of Arts and Applied Sciences.

The entire Northwestern community is invited. The full agenda and registration materials are available online.

For any additional questions, e-mail

Source: Northwestern News

Post date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 12:08pm

The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) is establishing international service initiatives with other countries where NUPOC graduates can volunteer their O&P expertise, augment their clinical proficiency and improve the lives of under-resourced populations of people who live with physical disability. First among these initiatives is the collaboration between NUPOC and the Range of Motion Project-Chicago (ROMP) that resulted in the annual volunteer service trip to the ROMP Clinic in Zacapa, Guatemala. 

Jared Howell, CPO, assistant director of prosthetics education for NUPOC, recently led the second annual expedition of NUPOC graduates to Zacapa, Guatemala, where they volunteered their O&P expertise working with on-site clinicians. The 2010 annual work group included NUPOC graduates Katie Antle, Christy Vant, Jacqueline Ziegler, Jenna Lombardo, Jennifer Pecora and Zach Lacy. From December 4-13, 2010, Howell and the NUPOC group provided custom-designed thermoplastic orthoses and prostheses using componentry that was donated by U.S. practitioners. Clients were low income individuals, some of whom traveled more than 8 hours to reach the ROMP Clinic. The NUPOC group provided O&P solutions to people who had little or inadequate O&P interventions. They fit prostheses for amputations secondary to trauma and orthoses for children who had not obtained prior medical care. Read on...

Source: O&P Business News

Post date: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 2:46pm

March 2, 2011. The treatment of HIV and AIDS in West Africa is an anthropological and psychological issue as much as it is a medical one, a University of Montreal physician and medical anthropologist said in a lecture at Northwestern University Tuesday night.

When West Africans acknowledge that they are HIV-positive, it changes how they view themselves, how others see them and how they define their community, said Dr. Vinh-Kim Nguyen, author of  “The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa’s Time of AIDS.“

“The people most vulnerable to HIV were people whose human rights needed to be improved,” which had lasting impacts on individuals and communities, he said.

Nguyen’s work focuses on the period between 1994 and 2000, before many people in West Africa considered health a human right. Read on...

Source: Medill Reports Chicago

Post date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 1:20pm

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: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 12:58pm

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