Global Health Initiative

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Mission Statement

The Global Health Initiative is a multidisciplinary university-wide effort to reduce health inequalities among underserved populations locally and worldwide through education, research, service and development of partnerships.

Global Health in Education, Research and Service

The GHI is distinguished by an integrative, overarching approach to the fundamentally interrelated problems of health and development.  One key advantage of the GHI is its ability to bring together the  social, cultural, and human dimensions of global health problems and their biomedical and technological elements under a single umbrella. Building upon Brown's expertise in both population analysis and infectious disease intervention, the Initiative offers high impact education, research, and service opportunities for students and faculty, and addresses issues of capacity, infrastructure, environment, and health care delivery to reduce the burden of disease in impoverished communities.

Ebola Crisis in Western Africa: Contributions by the Brown Community


Timothy Flanigan, MD

Dr. Timothy FlaniganDr. Timothy FlaniganTimothy Flanigan, MD, Professor of Medicine, and his wife Luba Dumenco, MD, Lectcurer in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, purchased protective supplies for shipment to health workers battling Ebola in Liberia.  Dr. Flanigan recently traveled to Liberia with the Catholic Diocese of Monrovia to provide aid to those affected by the crisis.  You can read about his experiences through his blog: http://www.timothypflaniganmd.com/

In Liberia, disappointment at US Military's planned Ebola response.  Read Dr. Flanigan's comments here.

Adam Levine, MD, MPH

ProJo 10-19-14 R.I. doctor describes hardships — and joys — of caring for the sick in Ebola hot zone.

Adam Levine, MD, MPHAdam Levine, MD, MPHAdam Levine, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Brown, traveled to Liberia on Aug 29, 2014 to provide assistance to those affected by the Ebola crisis during the month of September.  Follow his experiences through his Huffington Post Blog.

Levine: The Fight Against Ebola (9/29/2014)

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Rhode Island Hospital emergency medicine physician Adam Levine, MD was in Liberia helping to fight the Ebola epidemic. He is interviewed by CNN about his experience there. Watch the video.

Gene Valicente, WPRO morning news anchor, interviewed Dr. Levine live from Liberia.  Listen to the podcast here.

September 13, 2014 Providence Journal: RI doctor in Liberia aiding fight against Ebola.

Follow Dr. Levine on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamcarllevine and listen to his audio diary from Liberia: http://www.thetakeaway.org/audio/m3u/402206/

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Brown Faculty in the News

Kayan Lewis and Marc SimpaoKayan Lewis and Marc SimpaoMarc Simpao, MD, and his wife Kayan Lewis, PhD, collaborated with faculty and post-graduate residents and the University of Rwanda on a grant that was accepted by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

The grant will fund two major studies on Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Rwanda. One study will assess prevalence data on DVT in Rwanda, where there currently is no prevalence data on DVT, and the other will address various risk assessment models for predicting DVT/PE in Rwanda.

Jonathan Kurtis, MD, PHDJonathan Kurtis, MD, PHDA team of researchers from Brown and the Lifespan Center for International Health Research (CIHR), led by Dr. Jonathan Kurtis, Director of CIHR and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brown Medical School, published a paper in the May 23 edition of the journal Science on their research into a protein of key consequence for the course of malaria in children.  Click here for the full article.

For more information:

A Promising Protein Discovery in Malaria

May 22, 2014 NPR: Experimental Malaris Vaccine Blocks the Bad Guy's Exit

Milu Kojic, MDMilu Kojic, MD
Dr. Erna Milunka Kojic, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown, is the lead author of a new AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) study on the safety and immunogenicity of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in HIV infected women in Brazil, South Africa and the United States. This is the first study showing that the HPV vaccine is safe and can induce an immune response in this population.   Published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the study found that most women could make antibodies to the various strains of HPV in the Gardasil vaccine even if they had HIV for years prior to the vaccination.

For more information, follow the links below:

NY Times, April 21, 2014: Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective in H.I.V. Patients

HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine

HPV vaccination safe for HIV patients

Emily Harrison, MD, MPH: received Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Academy of Family PhysiciansEmily Harrison, MD, MPH: received Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Academy of Family PhysiciansAdam Levine, MD, MPH: was recently honored with the Global Emergency Medicine Academy's inaugural Humanitarian Service AwardAdam Levine, MD, MPH: was recently honored with the Global Emergency Medicine Academy's inaugural Humanitarian Service AwardEdsel Maurice T. Salvana, MD, DTM&H: was chosen as one of JCI International's Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012Edsel Maurice T. Salvana, MD, DTM&H: was chosen as one of JCI International's Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012