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 […]

Trehan

A crash course on global health

Indi Trehan, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, teaches a two-week global health course designed to prepare medical students, residents, and fellows for clinical rotations and long-term careers in developing countries. Trehan has worked on and off for 11 years in bare-bones clinics and hospitals in […]

Chile

Grant will help improve mental health care in Chile

Brown School researcher Leopoldo J. Cabassa is part of a team that has received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study mental health intervention in Chile. The project’s aim is to improve outcomes and care for people in Chile who experience first-episode psychosis (FEP). First episode psychosis refers […]

WashU Forum Panel Session

Washington University in St. Louis Forum for Greater China

Read the Forum Highlights! WashU Forum for Greater China Executive Summary Washington University in St Louis Forums showcase top Washington University faculty members and engage local academic and business experts to consider and address global issues. Keynote addresses were given by Dr. Francis Sessions Cole, MD on personalized medicine, and Dr. Robert D. Schreiber on […]

Rohingya refugee efforts

WashU faculty aid Rohingya refugee efforts

The flight of over 900,000 Muslim refugees from Rohingya to Bangladesh since August 2017 has resulted in the largest single refugee camp in the world. The Rohingya deal with constant violence as well as stressors related to living in the camps, including disease; lack of food, water and sanitation; and lack of essential services like […]

West Nile virus

WashU research shows West Nile, like Zika, may also harm fetuses

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests Zika may not be unique in its ability to cause miscarriages and birth defects. Two viruses closely related to Zika – West Nile and Powassan – can spread from an infected pregnant mouse to her fetuses, causing brain damage and fetal death. […]

Leishmania parasite (Photo: Getty Images)

New insights into a devastating tropical disease

More than one million people in tropical countries contract the parasite Leishmaniaevery year through the bites of infected sand flies. Most people develop disfiguring – but not life-threatening – skin lesions at the sites of the bites. But if the parasite spreads to the internal organs, it causes a disease known as visceral leishmaniasis, which kills […]

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