News from the University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health
News from the University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health
Summer 2021
Eck Institute for Global Health

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EIGH announces 2021-2022 graduate research fellows

Nine graduate students from the University of Notre Dame will participate in the graduate fellowship program. The program aims to support students across the University who have an interest in global health research. Read more

Is targeting human cells, rather than the virus itself, key to preventing the next pandemic?

EIGH's Geoffrey Siwo is looking at methods to stimulate the natural antiviral defense systems present in all cells and that can work broadly against a wide variety of viruses. Read more

Notre Dame and partners begin first spatial repellent trials for Unitaid-funded research program

Led by the University of Notre Dame and implemented by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the AEGIS research team will begin the first of four planned trials in Kenya. 
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Climate change can reduce the success of interventions that combat infectious disease

Research from the lab of Jason Rohr and collaborators published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrated significant findings about when to target interventions that control the spread of the tropical disease schistosomiasis. Read more

EIGH Hosts Virtual Global Health Case Competition

Seven teams participated in the 6th Annual Notre Dame Global Health Case Competition. ND students from many disciplines developed solutions to the problem of lead exposure in the Maharashtra state of India. Read more

MSGH Class of 2021

To celebrate the accomplishments of the Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) Class of 2021, several commencement activities were held last weekend to showcase the graduates. The Art + Science Fair allowed the graduates to present findings from their Capstone Research Projects before coming together with family, friends, faculty, and staff at the Commencement Dinner. Saturday's ceremony and reception included a commencement address from Dr. Terrie Taylor, University Distinguished Professor of Tropical Medicine at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Congratulations to our graduates:
Elizabeth Lau, Jordan Marsman, Madeleine Mauck, McKenzie McBride, Jordan Myers, Maria O'Malley, Maiti Peters, Madison Ronzone, and Katherine Wasserman
Best wishes in the next chapter of your global health careers!


Q&A with Kayla Holland

Holland, an alumna of the MSGH program, discusses how she originally became interested in global health, her transformative experience completing her capstone research project, and her future plans to subspecialize in palliative care. She is currently completing her DO from the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Read more

Q&A with Cara Ocobock

Professor Ocobock is a biological anthropologist affiliated with the EIGH and is the director of the Human Energetics Laboratory at ND. Learn about her current research, how she first became captivated by her field, and her love of teaching. Read more

in case you missed it

Several EIGH affiliated faculty members have recently been recognized with awards:
Pfrender Beidinger Besanksy
Michael Pfrender, Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, and Nora Besansky received various awards from the Provost's Office, and many other EIGH faculty received promotions or reached career milestones. See the full list here.
Liu Perkins
Achee Podcast
The EIGH's Nicole Achee was featured in a recent With a Side of Knowledge podcast. She discusses the impact of mosquito-borne diseases worldwide and her current research on spatial repellents. Listen here
George B. Craig
Even as a young man, George Craig loved learning about mosquitoes. Over his lifetime he became a world-renowned entomologist whose dedication to fighting disease inspired a generation of scientists. Read more


Theresa Rager '19 was the lead author of an article titled, "Usability of Rapid Cholera Detection Device (OmniVis) for Water Quality Workers in Bangladesh: Iterative Convergent Mixed Methods Study," published in medical internet research journal, JMIR. Read more
Maria Hinson Tobin '14 was a 2020 Domer Dozen honoree, chosen by the YoungND Board. Read more
Rachel Svetanoff ’15 was featured in a We are ND profile titled, "Empathy Drives Alumna in Global Health Adventures." Read more
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an important announcement regarding the Master of Science in Global Health program.