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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 2020
Eck Institute for Global Health


Bernard Nahlen, EIGH Director
Dr. Bernard Nahlen
Director, Eck Institute for Global Health
It is undeniable that the world we live in today is vastly different from what we knew prior to March 2020. The sudden emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19 has resulted in the first—but likely not the last— pandemic of the 21st century. COVID-19 has provided a dramatic reminder of our global interconnectedness and of the direct linkage between health and economic development. 

I’ve been inspired by a number of our Institute members who have effectively pivoted their research activities to understand the spread of the virus, track vaccine development and vaccine trials, and assist with local surveillance initiatives. In this newsletter, we highlight some of that work and will continue to provide updates in the future. I hope that you and your families and communities remain well and healthy. Read the full welcome.

featured news

Understand and Fight: Notre Dame researchers and the COVID-19 pandemic

As Notre Dame's laboratories and studios went into hibernation in March, many researchers looked for ways to pivot towards furthering knowledge into how COVID-19 works, how it’s transmitted, and how our country and the world can cope with the unexpected crisis. Read more

Study sheds light on immune response in Mycobacterium avium Complex infection

A study completed in the laboratory of Jeff Schorey and published in PLOS Pathogens showed for the first time how RNA sensors drive a response in T-cells in one of the associated diseases, Mycobacterium avium Complex. Read more

Online tool created to track development of coronavirus vaccines

ND researchers, including EIGH's Geoffrey Siwo, are recording details about the coronavirus vaccine candidates currently in development as well as the progress of those candidates via a new interactive online tool. Read more

Notre Dame-developed home lead screening kits shown to be highly accurate

An inexpensive lead sample collection kit distributed to homes in St. Joseph County is comparable in accuracy and sensitivity to more costly in-home analysis, according to research published in the Journal of Environmental Research. Read more 

MSGH Class of 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) graduates! While we were not able to celebrate together in person, we honored the class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement on July 25. Well done, class of 2020, and best wishes in your future endeavors!
Learn more about the resilient graduates and their projects in the video below:
MSGH Graduation Video

faculty accolades

Nora Besansky elected to National Academy of Sciences

Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is an expert in the genomics of malaria vectors and has applied several genomic technologies to deepen the understanding of the relationship between malaria-transmitting mosquitoes and their environments.  Read more

Marya Lieberman receives 2020 Reinhold Niebuhr Award

Marya Lieberman, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is the 2020 winner of the Reinhold Niebuhr Award in acknowledgment of her work on Paper Analytical Devices. Read more

in case you missed it

MSGH alumni publications
2020 Global Health Case Competition
In February, six teams competed in Notre Dame’s 2020 Global Health Case Competition. Hosted by the EIGH, the competition challenged ND graduate and undergraduate students to develop a plan for delivering vaccinations for measles and Ebola via drones in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each team presented to a panel of global health experts from Notre Dame and beyond and then they were evaluated based on their plan.
NDI Global Roundtable Series
EIGH Director, Dr. Bernard Nahlen, moderated the Notre Dame International Global Roundtable Series event titled, "Success and Challenges in Social Distancing: Perspectives from Brazil, Italy, & Kenya."
Rohr Macauthor Grant
Jason Rohr, Galla College Professor and Department Chair of Biological Sciences, submitted a Top 100 proposal in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition
Read our Q&A with Rohr here.