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2013 CGH Scholars

2013 CGH Scholar Research Symposium

The University of Virginia Center for Global Health and Pfizer Initiative in International Health are pleased to announce the 2013 Center for Global Health Scholars who will conduct research projects in countries such as South Africa, Rwanda, Guatemala, and India, as well as the United States, Uganda, Tanzania, and Nicaragua. The range of awardees is indicative of the Center for Global Health mission and commitment to foster interdisciplinary approaches to global health issues and to serve as a trans-university resource, involving students and faculty mentors from the schools of Medicine and Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the University of Virginia College at Wise.

Dr. Rebecca A. Dillingham, Director of the Center for Global Health, said, “We are so delighted to have the opportunity to support the mentored research experiences of these outstanding students who represent these Schools from across Grounds and the College at Wise.”

In various ways, these winning applications all seek to advance the core mission of the Center for Global Health, which is to promote health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address the diseases of poverty. “We expect that these experiences will help students to gain skills and perspectives necessary for their future endeavors that will contribute to the health and flourishing of people and communities around the globe and in our own backyards,” Dr. Dillingham said.

Dr. Dillingham, who assumed the directorship of the Center in September, 2012, also used the occasion to praise Founding Director Dr. Richard L. Guerrant. “We are especially pleased to announce Mr. John Burns as the first annual Richard and Nancy Guerrant Center for Global Health University Scholar. Mr. Burns’ outstanding record and his plans to explore micro-health insurance in rural Tanzania are consistent with the commitment of the UVa Center for Global Health’s founder, Dr. RL Guerrant, to promote the participation of students from all disciplines in the struggle against the diseases of poverty.”

The Center for Global Health encourages interested students across the University to check our website for announcements of future funding opportunities for global health research internationally and here at home.
 


Amy Curtis, College of Arts and Sciences, History, 4th Year
How the Built Environment and Social Landscape of a Gentrifying Neighborhood Affects the Mental Health of Residents: Washington, DC, USA

Mary Winston, School of Nursing, doctoral candidate, DNP Program
The Short Term Medical Mission: An Effective Method for Addressing Global Health Needs?: Atlanta, GA, USA

Lark Washington, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2nd Year
Field Testing of the Copper-Impregnated MadiDrops in Limpopo Province: South Africa

Keanan McGonigle, College of Arts and Sciences, Human Biology, 3rd Year  
Pfizer Initiative in International Health-Center for Global Health Award for Research in Infectious Disease
HIV Drug Resistance Patterns among HAART-Exposed Patients Failing first and Second-Line Treatment in Limpopo Province: South Africa

Margaret Wightman and Christina Luckett, School of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Masters candidates
2013 Pamela B. and Peter C. Kelly Award for Improving Health in Limpopo Center for Global Health Scholars
Water and Health in Limpopo Community Partnerships in Tshapasha and Tshibvumo: South Africa

Ashley Keller, Christopher Winstead-Derlega, Rochelle Zarzar, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Water and Health in Limpopo Community Partnerships in Tshapasha and Tshibvumo: South Africa

Katherine Stanley, Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy (and Public Health Sciences), 2nd Year    
Water and Health in Limpopo Community Partnerships in Tshapasha and Tshibvumo: South Africa

Laura Stamper, University of Virginia College at Wise, Biology, 4th Year
Water and Health in Limpopo Community Partnerships in Tshapasha and Tshibvumo: South Africa     

Dibya Subedi and Yi Wang, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Intimate Partner Violence in Rwanda: Estimation of Economic Impact: Rwanda and Estimating the Injury Burden Associated with Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Urban Centers in Rwanda: Using DALYs as a Metric to Quantify Loss of Healthy Years of Life: Rwanda

Mary Lansden Brewbaker, College of Arts and Sciences: Economics and Religious Studies, 3rd Year  
Healthcare Spending Prioritization: Rwanda

Jane von Gaudecker, UVA School of Nursing - PhD Nursing
Ram Family – Center for Global Health Scholar Award
Qualitative study among people with epilepsy and its treatment gap in Kozhikode: South India

Emily E. Evans, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Biomedical Engineering, 3rd Year
Pfizer Initiative in International Health-Center for Global Health Award for Research in Infectious Disease
Validation of a Tuberculous Meningitis Case Definition Through Use of GeneXpert Technology in Mbarara: Uganda

John Burns, College of Arts and Sciences: Echols Scholar Interdisciplinary Major - Global Health Economics, Mathematics minor, 2nd Year
Richard and Nancy Guerrant – Center for Global Health Award
Micro-Health Insurance in Rural Tanzania: A Comparative Analysis: Tanzania

Corinne April Iolanda Conn, College of Arts and Sciences: 2nd Year (Echols Scholar)
Nour Alamiri, College of Arts and Sciences: Intended Major: Global Development Studies (GDS)-Public Health, 2nd Year
Sumra Ahmad, College of Arts and Sciences: 2nd Year
Resilience of Prenatal and Maternal Health Systems- Case Study Bluefields Nicaragua vs. South West VA: Nicaragua and United States

Melissa Ogden and Steven Nguyen, School of Medicine, 1st Year
SOA-Southwood Collaboration: Guatemala     

Robert Schenck, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Vivian Chan, CLAS, 4th Year (Economics and Psychology)
Glenn and Susan Brace Center for Global Health Scholar Award
Carbon Credit Financing of Collaborative Community Water Education and Filter Initiative:  Guatemala

Olivia Quach and Esther Won, School of Medicine, 1st Year                            
Socio-cultural assessments of lifestyles changes leading to epidemiological transition in Santiago Atitlán: Guatemala

Jigna Solanki and Rinita Chakrapani, School of Medicine, 1st Year      
Opportunities and challenges for early detection and management of cervical cancer in Santiago Atitlan: Guatemala

Caitlin Eberhardt, School of Law, 1st Year
Glenn and Susan Brace Center for Global Health Scholar Award
In conjunction with the UVa School of Law Human Rights Program and the Women’s Justice Initiative in Patzun, Guatemala 
Women’s Rights Education Program (WREP): Training and Outreach on the Right to Health, Sexual and Reproductive Rights, and Maternal Health Protections:  Guatemala                               

Dahea Kim and Virginia Baker, School of Medicine, 1st Year                            
Postoperative Pain Control in Teaching Hospitals in Rwanda: Rwanda

Lye-Ching Wong, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Burden of critical illness at the University of Rwanda teaching hospitals: Rwanda

Valentina Grajales, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Perception of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by Rwandan Health Care Staff on Health: Rwanda