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Graduate Research Assistant Estela Shabani participated in the Pediatric Research, Education, and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS). She gave a 3-minute speed talk (3 slides) and presented a poster titled "High levels of erythropoietin are not associated with neuroprotection in Ugandan children with cerebral malaria". She was awarded the Silver Medal in the Graduate Student Category. Congratulations to Estela on this outstanding achievement!
- Take time to respond to questions asked by faculty members.
- As a student often before responding to the question start with the phrase, " Good question."
- Before the D-day of thesis defense, plan for a mock presentation among your fellow colleagues in the laboratory.
- On the D-day, defend your work and interpretation - you are the expert.
Oludare A Odumade, PhD (2011- in immunology as part of the Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology graduate program), currently pursuing a medical school degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School under the medical scientist training program.
Current course of study: Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Congratulations to Karen Hamre, who has been awarded a Fogarty fellowship for 2013-14. Learn more about her project and goals, in her own words:
Highland areas (>1,500m above sea level) are targeted for malaria elimination due to their unstable transmission patterns. Unlike in malaria holoendemic regions where partial immunities to malaria are built-up and sustained through years of infectious mosquito bites, populations in highland areas are susceptible to epidemics as their immune responses wane due to the highly seasonal and sporadic nature of transmission.
Dr. Chandy John and his colleagues at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Dr. John Vulule and Dr. George Ayodo, have been conducting research in the highland areas of Kipsamoite and Kapsisiywa in western Kenya for over a decade.
Interrupting local transmission is the first step towards the elimination stage.
During my 11 months in Kisumu, Kenya, as a Fogarty Global Health Scholar, I plan to utilize the rich data Dr. John is collecting on anthropogenic (e.g., roof structure, wall material, bednet usage, numbers in household), demographic (e.g., age, gender), entomologic (e.g., vector density and species), environmental (e.g., rainfall and temperature), and spatial (e.g., global positioning information of households, schools, forests, swamps) factors to study the epidemiology of malaria across time and transmission patterns in the same study population and location.
I intend to contribute to the understanding of the epidemiology of malaria in this highland area by making comparisons of predictors of malaria risk before and after interruption of transmission.
Specifically, I aim to determine where clustering of incidence occurs (i.e., identify 'hot spots' of malaria) after the period of interruption, and evaluate whether these clusters and related predicting ecologic risk factors correlate with those reported during epidemic and non-epidemic months before interruption.
Understanding how malaria interruption may affect several predictors of risk in highland settings will help inform future targeted control and elimination strategies.
For more information on the Fogarty fellowships, visit the Global Peds website
Global Pediatrics faculty, Judy Eckerle, published in the April issue of Maternal Child Health: "Vision and Hearing Deficits and Associations With Parent-Reported Behavioral and Developmental Problems In International Adoptees". Dana Johnson was a co-author.
Screenshot of Cusick's commentary on UNICEF Office of Research website
Congratulations to Nick Sausen, who received the first Global Pediatrics IMER Scholar Award. Nick will be going to Uganda for a year to work on the neurologic and seizure complications of children with severe malaria, as part of a research project run by Global Pediatrics faculty members Chandy John and Robert Opoka.
staff on ethics in international research.
Tina Slusher, M.D.
Winning poster on G6PD deficiency in Nigeria by Tundun Williams, M.D. et al.