Category: Community Health

Halting pandemics in their tracks: EpidemicIQ

Students of Global Health 301: Introduction to International Public Health had the chance Thursday morning to talk to alumnus and researcher Lalith Polepeddi about his work tracking and preventing epidemics. The talk, which took place in Northwestern’s Frances Searle building and was attended by about 40 students, focused on Polepeddi’s work at Global Viral Forecasting,

‘Contagion’ echoes the reality of public health outbreaks

Anyone who sees the Hollywood thriller “Contagion” may be a little on edge. In the film an unknown pathogen moves from Hong Kong to Chicago before globetrotting in a ruthless killing spree. The medical community struggles to contain it and find a cure as the world panics, falling into chaos. Could an epidemic like “Contagion”

Blood, bones, organs, bodies: Scott Carney discusses “The Red Market”

Award-winning journalist Scott Carney spoke at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies last night about his new book The Red Market: On The Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers. Sitting at the head of a long conference table and surrounded by a double layer of empty

Northwestern student researches plastic surgery needs in Kenya

When David Grant walked the plastic surgery wards in Kenyan hospitals, he noticed most patients were burn victims. “The high incidence of burn injuries and their acute management forces reconstructive surgeons to turn away other patients with non-burn related reconstructive needs, like cleft lips or cub feet or trauma patients from road traffic accidents,” says