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Ahonkhai advances in national challenge to improve HIV care for Black men in Tennessee

Feb. 24, 2022—A Vanderbilt proposal to implement a novel strategy to use barbers and barbershops to improve HIV care outcomes for Black men with HIV in Middle Tennessee received early-stage funding from a challenge hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.

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Capacity building activities and new curriculum strengthen medical education in Liberia

Feb. 24, 2022—Liberia's fragile health system is being strengthened through U.S.-Liberia partnerships focused on medical education and capacity building at the country's only medical school, A.M. Dogliotti (AMD) School of Medicine in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Liberia.

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Smartphone app supports EHR efforts in low-income countries

Jan. 26, 2022—A smartphone app developed at Vanderbilt is assisting health care efforts in low- and middle-income countries.

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Trevathan announces plan to step down from role as VIGH director

Oct. 11, 2021—Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, has announced plans to step down from his role as director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.

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Partnership seeks to bolster health, education in Liberia

Aug. 26, 2021—The Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health (VIGH) is joining Yale University and the University of Liberia College of Health Sciences (ULCHS) to establish a public-private-academic hub for research utilization in the Liberian health sector and an academic network to strengthen Liberia’s education and health sectors as part of a five-year, $15 million federal project announced this week.

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Establishing HIV care in Tennessee

Jul. 13, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers find that heterosexually active Black males are the least likely to establish HIV care within one month of diagnosis and suggest that targeted interventions focus on this population.

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Vanderbilt, Zambia researchers identify predictive factors of delirium in Sub-Saharan Africa

Apr. 22, 2021—Severity of illness, history of stroke, and being divorced or widowed were independently predictive of delirium in hospitalized patients in Zambia, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

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NIH grant bolsters childhood status epilepticus and epilepsy research in Nigeria

Mar. 2, 2021—The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) has received a new research grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and Fogarty International Center of the NIH to establish a large childhood status epilepticus (SE) cohort in northern Nigeria with key partners Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) and Bayero University, and with the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa.

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VUMC investigator expands HIV research into South Africa

Feb. 18, 2021—A Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigator is hoping to improve access to HIV testing in South Africa, where more than 7 million people are known to have the virus, by training traditional healers to perform the tests.

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MPH students dive in to support COVID-19 response

Sep. 3, 2020—Graduates from Vanderbilt’s Master in Public Health (MPH) program didn’t plan to become front-line soldiers against the COVID-19 global pandemic, but several have found themselves putting their training — and their career goals — front and center.

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Facial recognition solves patient identification: study

Jul. 1, 2020—Patient misidentification is an all too common cause of medical error. In low- and middle-income countries, free, open-source facial recognition software could provide an economical solution for verifying patient identity across health care settings, according to a study by Martin Were, MD, MS, and colleagues, appearing in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

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VIGH awarded $3 million for building research capacity in Nigeria and Mozambique

Jun. 9, 2020—Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) has received a new research training grant and a renewal for an existing training program from the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build HIV-focused research capacity with key partners in Nigeria and Mozambique.

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