Through financial literacy, empowerment for women

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS, with Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda accounting for 48% of new infections. Women in sex work are at increased risk, and poverty is the most common reason for sex work. Nearly 1,000 women engaged in sex work in Uganda are being provided with savings […]

Bacteria Klebsiella

Heading off a deadly superbug

Hypervirulent strains of the bacteria Klebsiella caused tens of thousands of infections in China, Taiwan and South Korea last year, and the bacteria are spreading around the world. About half of people infected with hypervirulent, drug-resistant Klebsiella die. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the biotech startup VaxNewMo have produced […]

Research in the service of social policy

Socio-economic, educational and health-related inequities and inequalities adversely affect the wellbeing of people and communities in St. Louis, across the US, and worldwide. Washington University in St. Louis has established a new Social Policy Institute with the mission of bringing together research findings from schools and disciplines across the university to address these pressing and […]

Asian Rockpool Mosquito

Study offers insight into infectious diseases

It’s rare that scientists see the good in invasive species. But at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center, researchers have discovered something positive about a non-native mosquito. Tyson’s 2,000 acres allow faculty, staff, and students from all over the globe to study a variety of environmental disciplines, including sustainable operations, researchand education. In this particular study, scientists conducted […]

Zika Reservoirs

Possible Zika reservoirs in the Americas

The Zika virus appeared in the Americas in 2015, but it has been present in Africa and Asia since the 1940s. Though the spread of the disease has virtually ended, Zika is a “zoonotic” virus — meaning it can be transferred from animals to humans and vice-versa. Even if it were eradicated in humans, it […]

Flu Vaccine

A longer-lasting, more efficient flu vaccine

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis have been awarded a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institute of Health to study influenza.  Influenza kills about 60,000 people every year in the United States. Today’s flu vaccines protect us from flu viruses […]

Benjamin Akande, director of the Africa initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses the Initiative's progress at its inaugural meeting April 23.

Engaging with Africa

April 23, Washington University in St. Louis hosted the inaugural meeting of the university’s Africa initiative. The Africa initiative was founded in 2018 to enhance the university’s impact on the continent through research, teaching and entrepreneurship. Benjamin Akande, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs-Africa, reported at the meeting that there are 128 faculty members engaged […]

Silverman Lab

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports research to fight elephantiasis, river blindness

Over the past decade, research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has helped advance a global campaign led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to eliminate two neglected tropical diseases that have left tens of millions of people permanently disabled or disfigured. One of those diseases is lymphatic filariasis, which in severe cases […]

Obesity, climate change, hunger: A ‘Global Syndemic’

The international Lancet Commission on Obesityreleased its major new reportJan. 27. The main takeaway? Obesity, climate change and hunger are inextricably linked and must be fought as one challenge. Ross Hammond, the Betty Bofinger Brown Associate Professor, and Peter Hovmand, director of the Social System Design Laband professor of practice, both of the Brown School at Washington University in […]

Personalized medicine: A path to improving global health

Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, diabetes and obesity affect millions of people, at all income levels, around the globe.  A partnership between healthcare enterprise Centene Corp. and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aims to accelerate research into treatment and prevention of these diseases. Over a 10-year period, Centene will fund up to $100 […]

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