Global Health News

  • Botten, Bruce & Colleagues' Study Describes Streamlined COVID-19 Test
    A team of scientists at the University of Vermont, working in partnership with a group at the University of Washington, has developed a method of testing for the COVID-19 virus that doesn’t make use of these chemicals but still delivers an accurate result, paving the way for inexpensive, widely available testing in both developing countries and industrialized nations like the United States, where reagent supplies are again in short supply.
  • Sadigh Quoted in Fox News Story on Coronavirus Outbreak
    (MARCH 13, 2020) Majid Sadigh, M.D., Director of the Global Health program at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine was quoted in a Fox News article regarding the recent coronavirus outbreak and the importance of people following best practices put forth by the CDC and local officials.
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  • Global Health Program Hosts Migrant Healthcare Presentations
    The Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program hosted three events during the week of September 23 that focused on the topic of migrant healthcare. Presenters included Jonathan Melk, M.D., CEO and chief medical officer for the Chiricauhua Community Health Centers in Douglas, Ariz., Darlene Melk, M.D., medical director of the Southern Arizona Children's Health Project and director of community pediatrics, and Naomi Wolcott-Maccausland, migrant health coordinator of Bridges to Health in UVM Extension.
  • Kristen DeStigter: Reducing maternal mortality in Uganda
  • DeStigter Global Health Work Featured in Local Papers
    (MAY 30, 2019) Kristen DeStigter, M.D., professor and chair of radiology, and co-founder of Imaging the World was featured in an article written by Phyl Newbeck of Shelburne News.
  • Innovative Research Model Sheds Light on Immune Response in Dengue Infection
    Investigators in UVM's Vaccine Testing Center and Center for Translational Global Infectious Disease Research (TGIR) have uncovered details of the human immune response to infection with dengue - a close "cousin" of the Zika virus - which 40 percent of the global population is at risk for contracting. Their study findings were reported recently in the Lancet’s open-access journal EBioMedicine.
  • Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence
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  • Six Weeks In Uganda
    On June 29, 2018, medical students Katherine Callahan '21 and Christina Dawson '21 arrived in Kampala, Uganda, not quite sure what to expect. They returned to Vermont six weeks later with a deeper understanding of medicine across cultures, and what it means to be a physician.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Appoints Dougherty as Gender Equity Liaison
    Anne Dougherty, M.D.’09, M.A., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, has been appointed as Gender Equity Liaison in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
  • Vaccine Testing Center a Site for New NIH Live, Attenuated Zika Vaccine Trial
    Vaccinations have begun in a first-in-human trial of an experimental live, attenuated Zika virus vaccine developed by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The trial will enroll a total of 28 healthy, non-pregnant adults ages 18 to 50 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Immunization Research in Baltimore, Md., and at the Vaccine Testing Center at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
  • Gaining a Global Perspective: Part 1 of 2
    By this time next week, UVM Larner College of Medicine medical students Katie Callahan '21 and Nina Dawson '21 will be 6,971 miles away from Vermont in Kampala, Uganda. The students are participating in the first-year summer Global Health elective through the Global Health Program at the Larner College of Medicine and Western Connecticut Health Network. In this two part series, we'll hear from both students about their expectations before they leave and, when they return, about their experiences when they arrive in Uganda.
  • Global Health Leaders, Educators, Students Honored at Annual Celebration Events
    The Global Health Program at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) hosted "A Celebration of Global Health" at the College April 17 to 18, 2018.
  • International Partnerships, Education Mark Global Health Celebration
    Physicians and educators from the Dominican Republic and Kazan, Russia, along with faculty and staff from the Global Health Program based at Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), visited the Larner College of Medicine campus April 24-25, 2017 to participate in a Celebration of Global Health.
  • Global Health Electives Provide Lessons in Patient Advocacy, Health Equity, Humility
    For many medical students, training in a resource-limited setting is their first exposure to the way most of the world lives, where nylon gloves are used in place of catheters, where the number of radiation machines in a nation can be counted on one hand, where a bed shortage might mean patients sleep on the floor.
  • Sadighs’ Global Health Commentary Featured in AAMC News
    A commentary on the benefits of global health electives for medical students, coauthored by Majid Sadigh, M.D., director of the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) and UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Global Health Program, and Mitra Sadigh, was featured as a “Viewpoint” in the Association of American Medical College’s AAMC News.
  • Member Highlight: Long Tran, M.D.
    Dr. Long is a neurosurgeon at Cho Ray Hospital who recently completed three months of observership training in the ICU at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut.
  • Member Highlights: Michelle Mertz, M.D.
    Dr. Mertz, core faculty in Family Medicine at UVM and member of the UVM Global Health Leadership Team, discovered global health by following her own curiosity.
  • Global Health Elective Underway
    A total of thirteen students and five medical residents completed global health electives abroad in Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe in the month of February. Among those in Uganda were UVM psychiatry residents Dr. Megan Gething and Dr. Molly Rovin, who paved the way for a new partnership in psychiatry between UVM and Makerere College of Health Sciences.
  • Making a Difference
    Student are fanning out across the globe to learn about the practice of medicine in a variety of countries, including Vietnam, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, and Russia, via the UVM College of Medicine Western Connecticut Health Network Global Health Program.
  • Sadigh Named Inaugural Trefz Family Global Health Endowed Chair at Western CT Health Network
    A personal experience with human suffering as a child in war-torn Iran instilled a passion for caring for people in Majid Sadigh, M.D., who knew at a very young age he wanted to become a physician. In the 32 years since he came to the U.S. as a refugee, the associate professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and UVM/Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) Global Health Program director has become an internationally recognized global health expert and humanitarian, impacting countless lives in resource-poor countries across the globe.