Expanding Research Horizons – Beyond Clinical Trials

July 27, 2012 - 12:30pm
How do we categorize different kinds of research – and why? In new drug development we categorize research by stage: Preclinical, Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials.  The research question that we ask at every stage is different: does the drug work in a disease model, is it safe in humans, does it work in human disease, and does it have clinically meaningful benefit? At the Infectious... Read More

Show your appreciation for Peer Learning!

July 27, 2012 - 12:30pm
In the last week of June I was invited to participate in a two day Peer Learning workshop by my colleague Patrick Kyalo, Human Resources Advisor in Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and member of the extended Capacity Kenya project team. The meeting was jointly hosted by the IntraHealth International and the CHAK Secretariat office in Nairobi. Conveniently, CHAK has a Guesthouse and... Read More

A Standardized Pediatrician Residency Curriculum Across China?

July 27, 2012 - 3:04am
Standardizing Pediatrician residency curriculum across China was the hope of leaders from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (两岸三地) as they gathered at Shanghai Children's Medical Center (SCMC) over a weekend in June.  The collaboration brought together key leaders from all sections of China including hospitals, government and universities to examine current practices and experiences, understand... Read More

HOPE's Shanghai NCD Program Comes Full Circle, and there is so much to be proud of!

July 27, 2012 - 2:47am
The Project HOPE Shanghai program team conducted a recent daylong session to evaluate 15 health education programs that focused on CAH (heart disease related), Stroke (blood flow/blockage related), and COPD/OSAS (Lung disease & Sleep Apnea.) These are programs that the HOPE team in China has helped develop, implement and fund. I had the privilege of serving as an independent evaluator on the... Read More

Rural Fellow Program Graduates 25

July 27, 2012 - 2:43am
During a warm Friday summer morning, excitement filled the air as the Project HOPE team in China, along with Qian Geng, HOPE’s Regional Director of China visiting from the U.S., gathered at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC) auditorium to kick-off the graduation ceremony of the 2012 Rural Fellows Program. The ceremony celebrated the 25 new graduates from the Class of 2012 who will be... Read More

International Children’s Day Outreach in a rural part of Yunnan Province

July 27, 2012 - 2:38am
An outreach team from Shanghai Children's Medical Center(SCMC) and Project HOPE traveled to JianShui County People Hospital (建水县人民医院) which is a bumpy 4-hr hour drive after a flight from Shanghai to Kunming in the Yunnan Province to celebrate International Children’s Day in May by hosting a free clinic day for children. It was a very successful event with an overflow of parents and grandparents... Read More

A day in the life of a Global Health Fellow

July 20, 2012 - 2:25pm
People have started to ask what it is that I do in my office at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) all day, now that I’m at the midpoint of my Global Health Fellowship. A typical day starts before dawn; soon after the sun is up I’m on my way walking to work, which takes 20-25 minutes depending if I walk at an American or African pace.  I pass many of the same people commuting on foot each... Read More

The cost of excellence

July 13, 2012 - 3:00pm
As the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) starts a new fiscal year, all eyes are fixed anxiously on the budget.  IDI is a Center of Excellence, leading the way in defining HIV patient care and treatment through its research activities; but excellence has a certain cost, and IDI’s strategic plan must spell out how that cost will be sustainably met. The situation is similar for HIV care and... Read More

Sustainability through Country Ownership

July 13, 2012 - 12:30pm
On beginning my fellowship in Nairobi some of the initial weeks were heavily dedicated to research and reading into the project structures and operations for areas I would be involved in. While undertaking this orientation exercise however, I did sometimes wonder how local organizations in Kenya could manage some of these projects in the absence leadership from international organizations and... Read More

The Human Factor – What Researchers Want

July 6, 2012 - 12:30pm
Do you remember the 2000 movie ‘What Women Want” in which an advertising executive played by Mel Gibson develops the ability to read women’s thoughts after an electric shock in the bathtub? I haven’t been struck by a lightning bolt, but I have developed some insight into what motivates clinical researchers in Uganda, both within the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), and at Mulago Hospital... Read More