Gates Foundation awards $1.8 million to DOLF team for lymphatic filariasis elimination in Indonesia
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Gates Foundation awards $1.8 million to DOLF team for lymphatic filariasis elimination in Indonesia

The DOLF team, led by Peter Fischer, along with partners at the University of Indonesia and Bruyere Research Institute, has been awarded a new $1.8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore lymphatic filariasis (LF) elimination in Indonesia.  Previously, this collaboration was supported by the 2020 McDonnell Academy seed grant initiative on infectious diseases […]

Beneficial bacteria could help treat malnourished children
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Beneficial bacteria could help treat malnourished children

A new study, published April 13 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh (icddr,b), shows that a standard milk-based therapy plus treatment with a specific strain of gut bacteria known as Bifidobacterium infantis (B. infantis) for four weeks […]

Expanding skills of China’s social work labor force
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Expanding skills of China’s social work labor force

Through a series of events that the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis and its international partners organized at campuses in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere over a decade, leaders in China’s professional social work organizations came to recognize the potential for training in financial matters and to explore […]

Guidelines set for ancient DNA research
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Guidelines set for ancient DNA research

Fueled by technological advancements, ancient DNA research has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. From the first full ancient genome published in 2010 to the more than 4,000 analyzed today, the DNA collected from ancient human remains has advanced researchers’ understanding of the origins and history of human populations around the world. […]

New type of microbiome-directed food boosts growth for malnourished children
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New type of microbiome-directed food boosts growth for malnourished children

A new study shows that a therapeutic food designed to repair the gut microbiomes of malnourished children is better than standard therapy in supporting their growth. The research, published online April 7, 2021, in The New England Journal of Medicine, was a collaboration between Washington University School of Medicine and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal […]

Specific bacteria help explain stunted growth in malnourished children
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Specific bacteria help explain stunted growth in malnourished children

 A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that specific bacteria living in the upper small intestines of malnourished children play a causal role in stunted growth and other damaging side effects of malnutrition. The knowledge could lead to better therapies for such children. The gut microbiome has a […]

Singapore’s financial capability and asset building project expands to nationwide scale
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Singapore’s financial capability and asset building project expands to nationwide scale

In January 2017, the Next Age Institute (NAI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) began the Singapore Financial Capability and Asset Building (SG FCAB) initiative. The goal of the initiative is to develop Singaporean social workers’ knowledge and skills for working with vulnerable low-income families on their household finances. The second phase involved a […]

Research collaboration sheds light on ancient populations
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Research collaboration sheds light on ancient populations

An international team of scholars has pooled their expertise to generate the largest study of ancient DNA published to date. Michael Frachetti, professor of archaeology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, is co-senior author of the study, which was published in the journal Science. Genome-wide DNA information was ethically sourced from 523 ancient humans at archaeological […]

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