Category: Infectious Diseases

Dr. Mark Molitch brings affordable health care to Bolivia

With cold and flu season upon us, people are flocking to the nearest CVS Pharmacy to get their annual flu shot. But what if it wasn’t that easy? What if all that stood between you and the nearest pharmacy was a 100-kilometer dirt road that may or may not be conducive to a four-wheel drive

A Q&A with McCormick’s Dirk Brockmann

Dirk Brockmann, an associate professor in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, is changing the way we track the spread of human infectious diseases. He uses modern technology, such as social networking websites, to examine human mobility. His work, with colleague Lars Hufnagel, analyzing data collected from the website Wheresgeorge, which

Sexual network models to fight HIV

Let’s call him Naskar. Naskar grew up in a small village outside Calcutta, and moved to the city when he was 22. He is homosexual, and quickly developed a likeminded group of friends. He doesn’t do drugs, though he sometimes drinks. He sees his family infrequently, and spends most of his time inside the city

A Q&A with Weinberg’s Thomas McDade

Thomas McDade, Northwestern professor and biological anthropologist, is revolutionizing the way population-based biological data is collected and studied. Using biomarkers from finger-stick blood spot samples, McDade studies how social and physical environments affect immune function and inflammation, which contribute to the risk for disease. He is also the director of Northwestern’s Laboratory for Human Biology

Global Health students work to perfect technologies that aid in kangaroo mother care

Several students have recently returned from South Africa, where they worked testing various technologies developed for maternal and neonatal healthcare. As part of the Global Health program, students from various levels – undergrads as well as graduates – are working on developing appropriate technologies for new mothers and babies.  Among the most important of these