Protection from Zika Virus May Lie in a Protein Derived from Mosquitoes
By targeting a protein found in the saliva of mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, Yale investigators reduced Zika infection in mice. The finding demonstrates how researchers might develop a vaccine against Zika and similar mosquito-borne viruses, the study authors said.
New Initiative Will Fund Innovative Solutions in Health Care
The Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) has partnered with The CoWrks Foundry and the RMZ Foundation to launch the Sustainable Health Initiative (SHI). SHI will build upon technology and local ingenuity by funding innovative start-ups to create social, health, and environmental impacts.
Reflections on this Year – and a Look Ahead as the new Yale-NUS College Dean of Faculty
It was wonderful this year to bring greater visibility to public health at Yale-NUS College. Synchronous with the mission of Yale-NUS, I hosted a series of events that highlighted the role of public health in an interconnected and diverse world.
Yale, Kenyan scientists renew collaboration on tsetse fly research
President Salovey and Serap Aksoy, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, took part in a signing ceremony with the Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization and Kenyan Wildlife Service to continue an existing collaboration in the biomedical sciences in the area of vector biology.
First in Health Care, Yet Inequities Persist
Since arriving in Singapore, I continue to be amazed by the robust network of programs, policies and infrastructure designed to support citizens from birth through old age. Nonetheless, I would be remiss not to mention some challenges that I observe as well. One is the health and mental health of migrant workers (unskilled or-semi-skilled).
Zika-related nerve damage caused by immune response to the virus
The immune system’s response to the Zika virus, rather than the virus itself, may be responsible for nerve-related complications of infection, according to a Yale study. This insight could lead to new ways of treating patients with Zika-related complications, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, the researchers said.
Women, Leadership and Public Health
Madam Halimah Yacob was sworn in as the eighth President of Singapore on the 14th of September, becoming its first female head of state. Many people with whom I spoke, both Singaporeans and ex-pats, discounted this recognition because of the “reserved election” and lack of other candidates. I acknowledge the controversy and recognize that this role is largely ceremonial here (the Prime Minister leads the government). Nonetheless, as an American and a feminist, I was excited to witness this historical moment of an extraordinary woman taking the oath of Presidential office.
Singapore: A Public Health Perspective (Upon Arrival)
Less than two weeks ago I arrived in Singapore, and evidence of public health practice and success are everywhere! The built environment (i.e., architecture) is breathtaking—more so because it is so fully integrated into the abundant urban greenspace. Nearly half of this small island nation is covered by vegetation, including the Bukit Timah Nature Preserve, which has more tree species than in all of North America.
Africa on the Global Stage: Analyzing 30 Years of African-Led Clinical Trials in Cardiovascular Medicine
In order to understand the limitations faced by African investigators in modern cardiology research, a group of researchers, led by Internal Medicine Resident Abdelrahman Abushouk, MD, analyzed 30 years of African-led clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine.
Where dangerous heat is surging
The world is experiencing a surge in extremely hot days that put human health at risk, with the threat concentrated in some of the places least prepared to cope, according to an analysis of climate data by The Washington Post and CarbonPlan, a nonprofit that develops publicly available climate data and analytics.Source: The Washington Post
Honorary doctorate latest accolade for YSPH alum Shadrack Osei Frimpong
Yale School of Public Health alumnus Shadrack Osei Frimpong, MPH ’20 (Global Health), earned his PhD in public health and primary care in June from England’s University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. On July 13, he was granted an honorary doctor of science (social sciences) degree by Royal Holloway, University of London, for his work with Cocoa360, a community-based organization in his hometown in Ghana that supports local cocoa farmers by providing tuition-free schooling and localized health care that the farmers help fund and manage.