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Notre Dame research a “top pick” by Nature Microbiology for Best of 2016

December 22, 2016

Alex Perkins, PhD, Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, is among the “Best of 2016” editor’s top 10 picks for the publication Nature Microbiology…

Notre Dame researchers advise WHO Global Health Policy

December 02, 2016

Alex Perkins, PhD, Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, along with Guido Espana who holds a postdoctoral position in the Perkins laboratory, were recently published in the journal PLoS Medicine…

Notre Dame-USAID Fellow Works with South Bend and Ugandan Partners to Support Palliative Care in Uganda

October 21, 2016

The Center for Hospice Care (CHC) in Indiana works with the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) and NDIGD to better understand the current state of palliative care in Uganda in order to identify gaps and opportunities for strengthening palliative care services and care in the country.

Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture – Global Health in the 21st Century

October 19, 2016

The 2016 Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture presented by the Eck Institute for Global Health featured B. Fenton “Lee” Hall, MD, PhD, Chief of the Parasitology and International Programs Branch (PIPB) in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). …

Notre Dame student research makes positive impact on health in Northern Indiana

October 04, 2016

While many of our Master of Science in Global Health students traveled internationally for their Capstone in May and June, Kaila Barber ’15, ’16 MS, a Notre Dame Varsity Track Athlete, conducted her capstone research project in South Bend, Indiana with AIDS Ministries AIDS Assist (AMAA). AMAA is a local organization that provides care coordination services for persons living with HIV (PLWH) in North Central Indiana and free HIV testing and educational outreach for the community. Through the work of Notre Dame’s Assistant Professor Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) has developed a strong partnership with AMAA.…

Researchers to Pursue Novel Zika Solution

September 01, 2016

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) has received a grant from the USAID to pursue a novel solution to the Zika outbreak. The team, led by Molly Duman Scheel, an associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), associate adjunct professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame and member of EIGH, is developing an insecticide to destroy Aedes aegypti larvae before the mosquitoes are able to hatch and transmit Zika.

Notre Dame mosquito researcher weighs in on Zika

August 23, 2016

The Zika zone is expanding in Florida as Miami Beach sees a huge increase in cases and money is running out to help study and fight Zika. Congress has not yet passed a bill to fund it. Now, a Notre Dame researcher is weighing in. Researchers at Notre Dame are starting to look into Zika. They already study the mosquito species called Aedes aegypti -- the primary global mosquito transmitter of a number of viruses around the planet. including Zika.…

This paper-based device can spot poor-quality medicines

August 23, 2016

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed a simple, inexpensive paper-based device which can identify poor-quality or degraded medications within minutes.…

Uncovering a new pathway to halting metastasis

August 19, 2016

Metastasis, the process by which cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread to other sites in the body, is responsible for more than 90 percent of cancer deaths. Thus, there is a significant need to improve the therapeutic options for patients who suffer from metastatic disease. New research from the laboratory of Zachary T. Schafer, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Coleman Foundation Collegiate Chair of Cancer Biology and researcher in the Harper Cancer Research Institute, could lead to these new therapies.

Notre Dame Partnership Widens Research Enterprise

August 18, 2016

The University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health has partnered with AIDS Free World, an international advocacy organization, to address health problems affecting the global poor.

Bringing academic tools to life: Notre Dame graduate students help South Bend neighborhoods

August 08, 2016

As a former resident of South Bend, Dr. Naomi Penney was familiar with the vast needs and limited resources community members had to address community neighborhood improvement projects. For years she worked Diana Hess, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Resources Connection (NRC), who mentored her through the intricacies of managing a community support system. Penney currently teaches for the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Global Health program at the Eck Institute for Global Health and has unique collegiate resources to work toward solutions, including graduate student researchers. Thus, by putting the two together and working with Hess’s leadership, an answer for South Bend residents was on the horizon.…

Notre Dame graduates receive send-off from global health leader

August 05, 2016

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Global Health program held its 5th Commencement exercise, graduating 21 students with the professional degree of Master of Science in Global Health.  The year culminated with a capstone project in which students fulfilled their research requirement in 10 different countries including Belize, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Thailand, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.…

Holding the key to affordable biotherapeutics

July 28, 2016

Malcolm Fraser Jr., the University of Notre Dame’s Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, C.S.C., Professor of Biological Sciences, is conducting research that utilizes the silkworm caterpillar’s silk gland to conduct mammalian-like protein production with the end goal of producing cost-effective biotherapeutic products, or therapeutic materials created utilizing recombinant DNA technology, that can be used to treat life-threatening and chronic diseases.

Researchers make new projections for spread of the Zika virus

July 25, 2016

New research from the University of Notre Dame places a new upper limit on the total number of people who could become infected by the Zika virus in the first wave of the current epidemic.

How being sick impacts a person’s behavior

July 13, 2016

Alex Perkins, Ph.D., Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, recently published a study looking at behavior of patients with one of the most common symptoms of disease: fever.  Surprisingly, the impact of this common disease symptom on the mobility and contact patterns of an infected person is rarely studied and “seldom accounted for in mathematical models of transmission dynamics.”…

VWR supports Notre Dame Research to detect Low-Quality Medicines in Kenya

June 22, 2016

In partnership with the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), Professor of Chemistry Marya Lieberman and her research team have received support from VWR , a leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers.

DoD grant funds pursuit of novel insecticides to fight Zika, other diseases

June 08, 2016

A collaboration among faculty in the Eck Institute for Global Health and the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development is investigating new ways to kill the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus, dengue fever, and other dangerous diseases. Mary Ann McDowell, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and co-principal investigator Zain Syed, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently received a two-year Department of Defense (DoD) grant for $418,000 to pursue compounds identified during McDowell’s previous large insecticide development project funded by the DoD. Both faculty are members of the Eck Institute for Global Health. Bruce Melancon, a research assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Warren Center, is collaborating in the work.…

Entomologist Nicole L. Achee helps write Gene Drives Report

June 08, 2016

University of Notre Dame medical entomologist Nicole L. Achee is a member of committee convened to summarize the scientific discoveries related to gene drives and considerations for their responsible use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to convene the committee.

Dive into Notre Dame Research during the Alumni Reunion on June 3

May 23, 2016

Notre Dame Research will be participating in the Alumni Association’s Annual Reunion event on the first Friday of June on the third floor of the Main Building. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the dome will be open to tours, where several offices will open their doors to alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University. Additionally, other buildings on campus will also be open for tours throughout the day.

The Eck Institute for Global Health recognizes outstanding Notre Dame faculty members

May 19, 2016

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health is a cross-disciplinary group of faculty whose research and teaching are dedicated toward finding and implementing solutions to global health challenges.  Over 85 faculty serve the Institute’s global mission to promote research, training and service to advance health standards for all people, especially people of low- and middle-income countries and communities. This past year, five Eck Institute for Global Health faculty members were recognized and promoted within their respective departments and one moved to emeritus status.  …

Using Mathematical Models to Fight the Zika Virus

May 12, 2016

New Notre Dame Research will be used to generate maps that provide time-sensitive estimates of mosquito densities, human birth rates, and Zika transmission activity across Latin America and the Caribbean. The model outputs will be available online to provide users with the ability to find reported cases and estimated incidences by location to improve disease transmission and prevalence forecasts, which is critical to making accurate predictions and translating results into effective public health strategies.…

Notre Dame Biology student recognized for outstanding contributions to science

May 05, 2016

Graduating Biology major, Diane Choi, is being honored with multiple academic achievement awards as the Class of 2016 prepares for graduation. Choi is the recipient of three major undergraduate awards for her work while a science student at Notre Dame.   The awards include the: Outstanding Biology Student Leader Award from the Department of Biological Sciences recognizing “a senior Biology major who has made outstanding contributions, through leadership and service, to advance the interests of other students in the department;”…

Notre Dame’s Alex Perkins Wins Powe Award

April 27, 2016

Alex Perkins, Ph.D., Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, has been recognized with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Powe Award for Junior Faculty (http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/faculty-student-programs/powe/).…

Understanding Behavior Key to Combating Malaria

April 25, 2016

Today, April 25, is the annual World Malaria Day. This year’s theme – End Malaria for Good – seeks to build upon past successes in combatting this deadly disease, which killed over 435,000 people in 2015, and sustain this progress in order to truly  “end malaria for good.” At the University of Notre Dame, Neil Lobo, a research associate professor of Biological Sciences and an Eck Institute for Global Health faculty member, is working to end malaria for good by focusing on the vectors that transmit the disease and how certain methods or interventions reduce malaria transmission.…

Rough Childhoods Have Ripple Effect for Wild Baboons

April 19, 2016

Duke University, DURHAM, N.C. -- Numerous studies have shown that childhood trauma can have far-reaching effects on adult health and survival; new research finds the same is true for wild baboons. People who experience childhood abuse, neglect and other hallmarks of a rough childhood are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes and other health problems later in life, even after the stressful events have passed, previous research shows.…

Notre Dame Researchers Discover Novel Mosquito Control Strategies

March 31, 2016

Nora J. Besansky, O’Hara Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, assembled a diverse and multinational team of scientists to crack the genetic code of the Y chromosome in malaria mosquitoes for the first time.  The results of their research were recently published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…

Hesburgh’s Influence on Science at Notre Dame

February 22, 2016

As the celebration of the sesquicentennial of science comes to a close and the one-year anniversary of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.’s passing approaches, the University of Notre Dame reflects on the life of Father Hesburgh and his impact on the growth and development of the sciences and scientific research at the University during his tenure and beyond.

Mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus found in Washington, D.C.

January 27, 2016

On Monday (Jan. 25), the World Health Organization announced that Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that in the past year has swept quickly throughout equatorial countries, is expected to spread across the Americas and into the United States.

Notre Dame Researchers Find Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes in DC’s Backyard

January 21, 2016

As recently reported by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, a major disease-carrying mosquito population has been discovered in a Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, DC. To add insult to injury, the team identified genetic evidence that these mosquitoes have overwintered for at least the past four years; meaning they are adapting for persistence in a northern climate well out of their normal range. Led by Department of Biological Sciences professor David Severson, ...