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New NIH-funded research to solve problem of drug-resistant malaria

September 20, 2017

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University of Notre Dame biologist Michael Ferdig, Ph.D., is leading a new $11.5 million program project (P01) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ferdig and his team at Notre Dame are partnering with researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CID Research) in Seattle and Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) to better understand the genes in the malaria parasite that are responsible for drug resistance and virulence in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate the often deadly disease.

Eck Institute for Global Health Welcomes Class of 2018

September 11, 2017

The Eck Institute for Global Health welcomes its new class of Master of Science in Global Health students for the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

The 2018 MS in Global Health class includes 24 students from 16 different undergraduate institutions who have come to Notre Dame to gain a deeper knowledge of the global health challenges facing our world. The master’s program continues to attract dedicated students to the global health field, with students coming from a variety of educational backgrounds and work experiences, including clinical nursing and the Peace Corps.…

New End Point Strategy for Disease Elimination

August 31, 2017

Over 1.2 billion people in the world suffer from the mosquito-borne disease lymphatic filariasis (LF). Notre Dame researchers have developed models that can be used to assess the use of treated table salt as a complementary means, in addition to mass drug administration, toward the elimination of LF.…

2017 Master of Science in Global Health Commencement Exercises

August 23, 2017

The University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Global Health program held its sixth commencement exercise on Saturday, July 29, 2017. A diverse cohort of students celebrated the completion of the requirements for the professional degree of Master of Science in Global Health.

 

The year-long program culminated with a capstone project. Students fulfilled this research requirement in 12 different countries including: Belize, Haiti, India, Kenya, Peru, Thailand, Uganda, Viet Nam, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Zambia and the United States.…

New research suggests climate change could accelerate mosquito-borne disease epidemics

August 01, 2017

Bad news for humans about the spread of mosquito-borne disease as climate change continues to worsen. New research from the University of Notre Dame, recently published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, proposes a new way that climate change could contribute to mosquitos’ capacity to drive disease epidemics. As climate change continues to rise, so could the speed of epidemics of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and Zika.   

Researchers improve method to identify aquatic species using environmental DNA

July 18, 2017

Sampling Water

According to a new study, researchers have improved their method of tracking species by using the biological material those organisms leave behind known as environmental DNA (eDNA).

Notre Dame Research Funding reaches Record-breaking Levels

July 17, 2017

The University of Notre Dame has received $138.1 million in research funding for fiscal year (FY) 2017, surpassing the previous record of $133.7 million set in FY 2015.

Homemade Poison: Notre Dame Health Experts respond to Health Crisis

July 12, 2017

Brittany Griffith and her husband, David, believed that buying their first house on the near northwest side of South Bend in 2012 marked a huge step toward the American dream. They have since learned that they live in a home and neighborhood with the highest levels of lead poisoning in Indiana.

Eck Institute for Global Health to study Zika in Belize

July 11, 2017

Eck Institute for Global Health to study Zika in Belize

The University has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the Belize Ministry of Health and the Belize Vector and Ecology Center aimed at strengthening the country’s ability to respond to Zika virus and other arboviruses.

Researchers Use Light to Manipulate Mosquitoes

June 19, 2017

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Scientists at the University of Notre Dame have found that exposure to just 10 minutes of light at night suppresses biting and manipulates flight behavior in the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, the major vector for transmission of malaria in Africa, according to new research published in the journal Parasites and Vectors.

The power of computational modeling to combat diseases

May 26, 2017

For people living in the US, the Zika epidemic of 2016 seemed to have come out of nowhere and to have now almost disappeared. Zika infections and microcephaly in newborns were daily headline news. Now where are we? 

Alex Perkins, PhD, Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Department of

Explore Notre Dame Research during the Alumni Reunion on June 2

May 24, 2017

During the Alumni Association’s annual reunion event, Notre Dame Research will host an open house from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the first Friday of June.

Notre Dame Graduate: Improving our Community

May 05, 2017

Notre Dame alumna Katherine Merritt ’14, MS ’16, is well on her way to improving our community health system through her work and dedication to behind the scenes research and analysis of population health-based initiatives.

“I am interested in using what I have learned at Notre Dame and applying it by giving back to the South Bend community,” says Merritt. “I am passionate about population health and thankful to have the opportunity to learn from and work with people directly impacting healthcare for all of us.”…

Notre Dame Faculty and Students Support Efforts to Tackle Lead in South Bend

May 02, 2017

“Lead is in dust and soil; it’s all around us,” states Dr. Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, Assistant Professor at the Eck Institute for Global Health. “Some areas are worse than others. Because we cannot eliminate lead from our living environments, we need to learn how to limit exposure, especially in our children.”…

Funding scientific research fuels job creation

April 26, 2017

Sparking Economic Growth

Notre Dame researchers have contributed both to the local and national economies through government-funded grants.

GBCF acquires new equipment

April 25, 2017

illumina NextSeq 500 Sequencing System

The new equipment supports a broad range of applications that can sequence millions of DNA fragments.

Notre Dame Student Team Competes in International Competition

April 19, 2017

After the wake of two devastating civil wars in the 1990’s and 2000's, and the Ebola epidemic in 2014 which left more than 3,600 Liberian children orphans, the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (LMHSW) recognized the critical mental health problem in their country, especially among Liberian youth. Imagine you work for a consulting firm that has been asked for a proposal to address this problem. You must develop an interdisciplinary approach built on evidence-based strategies to improve mental health education and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Most importantly, you only have a week to prepare. Every spring, Emory University hosts a competition where a similar fictional challenge based on real situations is undertaken by undergraduate and graduate students. This year, a team of six University of Notre Dame students, with funding, coaching, and support from the Eck Institute for Global Health

Nitesh Chawla named recipient of 1st Source Bank’s 2017 Commercialization Award

April 19, 2017

Nitesh Chawla

Chawla received the award, which carries a $20,000 cash prize, for innovating a new data science software, Aunsight, allowing data scientists and business analysts to deliver on the business value proposition of big data analytics.

Nine students receive USAID funding

April 10, 2017

Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development

The funding will be used to address pressing global development challenges through research abroad.

Study sheds light on Tuberculosis

April 10, 2017

Matthew Champion

Researchers develop combined genetic and analytical method to study TB.

Tuberculosis: The Disease of Antiquity

March 24, 2017

Jeff Schorey, a world-renowned expert with pioneering work on the role of exosomes in infectious diseases, has been studying mycobacterial disease for almost two decades.

Three Notre Dame faculty elected to AAAS section committees

February 22, 2017

Christine Maziar

Christine M. Maziar will serve as member-at-large on the Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering section committee, Agustin Fuentes will serve as Chair-elect on the Anthropology section committee and Richard Taylor will serve as Council Delegate on the Pharmaceutical Sciences section committee.

New Research Addresses Complexity of Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control

February 15, 2017

The University of Notre Dame’s Edwin Michael, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, is on the cutting edge of an initiative to address the sociology of disease transmission and control, by factoring in the impacts that complex transmission dynamics and social determinants play in the effective management of infectious diseases. His research was recently published in Infectious Disease of Poverty

Senior John Huber awarded Gates Cambridge scholarship

February 10, 2017

John Huber

This prestigious postgraduate scholarship program, which fully funds postgraduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge, was established through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000; this remains the largest single donation to a U.K. university.

Alex Perkins named Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America

February 08, 2017

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The University of Notre Dame’s Alex Perkins, Eck Family Assistant Professor, and member of the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, the Eck Institute for Global Health, and the Environmental Change Initiative, was named a 2017 Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

Zika: Where are we now?

February 01, 2017

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

Professors in Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences and members of the Eck Institute reflect on the outbreak, the challenges presented by the virus and the work yet to be done to help health professionals and key decision makers protect their citizens.

New findings could eliminate elephantiasis

January 17, 2017

Edwin Michael

Researchers, including Edwin Micheal, found a triple-drug regimen that could accelerate the elimination of the disease.