Review PAST Research & Project Opportunities in Global Health

Past Opportunities in Global Health

2016 – 2017

Cyclist helmet utilization: barriers and economic impact

Injury represents a growing proportion of global disease burden with a significant amount due to road traffic accidents and traumatic brain injury. Morbidity, mortality and economic impact form injury are challenges for both high and low-income countries alike. Helmet usage varies significantly among regions for reasons that are poorly characterized. The impact on disease burden and local economies is significant. Research opportunities exist to help characterize obstacles to helmet usage in San Francisco while attempting to quantify the economic burden. We ultimately hope to utilize these results to help improve safety policy in San Francisco as well as our collaborating site in Uganda. Short semi-structured randomly selected interviews of non-helmeted cyclists will be performed as well as cost effectiveness analysis looking at cost of helmets relative to direct medical cost of head injury in unhelmeted cyclists. Two research trainees will work on this project. The organization is UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies located in San Francisco. The timeframe for this research/project opportunity is ongoing and is aimed at medical and nursing students, and residents. Please send a CV.

Contacts: Michael Lipnick,; Catherine Juillard,; Rochelle Dicker,


Global Health Fellowship with Microclinic International (MCI) July 2016

Microclinic International (MCI), a global health and development organization, is seeking a Global Health Fellow to assist in launching and managing new initiatives, including: a diabetes prevention and management program with the Ministry of Health in Mexico and a pilot project with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

MCI’s mission is to transform how major diseases are prevented and managed worldwide by leveraging real-life social networks to spread healthy behaviors. MCI has developed an innovative program that harnesses the power of social networks to help individuals change their behaviors in a positive and sustainable way, and promote development at the community, regional, and national level. The Fellow will receive a stipend of $6,000. Travel expenses will also be reimbursed. A Fellow based in Latin America is strongly preferred, however the Fellow can be based remotely as long as she/he can coordinate with MCI’s Executive team in San Francisco, CA and travel to the field sites when need. The duration of the Fellowship is six months, beginning July 2016. The term is renewable, pending performance.

To apply: Please send a brief statement of interest with a CV to by Tuesday July 5, 2016.


Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (Davis) Annual Northern California UAEM Conference: May 21st 2016, 10am to 2pm

We are a non-profit organization rooted in a movement of university students, that aims to promote access to medicines for people in low- and middle-income countries by changing norms and practices around university patenting and licensing, ensure that university medical research meets the needs of the majority of the world’s population, and empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis. This year's conference will have presentations including UC Davis faculty and UAEM alumni about the global issues surrounding access to medicines, and a discussion following about the solutions to these complex issues. We are opening this opportunity to public and surrounding universities to listen, learn, and be involved in this important conversation.

Please complete this registration form before May 2 11:59pm if you want to qualify for travel reimbursement.
This conference is open to all majors and is not limited to those interested in global trade, medicine, community health, research development, public health, and policy.

Register to UAEM NorCal Conference <>



Potential Student Training Education Program (STEP) Projects: Summer 2016 Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES), Kenya

Factors associated with missed follow-up for treatment of cervical dysplasia

Cervical cancer impacts over half a million women globally each year.  While cervical cancer control in wealthy countries is one of the public health success stories of the past century, the disease remains a significant threat for women in developing countries where almost 90% of cases occur.  Although effective screening technologies have been developed for use in low-resource settings, there are complicated, context-specific barriers to their implementation as part of a complete cervical cancer prevention strategy.  In addition to employing evidence-based screening and treatment techniques, the overall population impact of cervical cancer screening depends on two main factors: (1) community-wide access to screening and (2) successful linkage to treatment or follow-up for women who screen positive.  Strategies to address these factors must also be acceptable, relatively easy to implement, and cost-effective to be sustainable. 

The HPV-CCSP study is a community-randomized trial to test the following hypotheses: (1) cervical cancer screening with self-collected human papillomavirus (HPV) specimens will reach more women when offered through community health campaigns versus government clinics; and (2) community-developed strategies will successfully link more women to treatment than the current standard of care (i.e., referral to treatment sites). During Phase 1, communities will be randomized to HPV-testing in either community-health campaigns or in clinics, with standard referral for treatment of HPV+ women to government facilities.  We will then work in partnership with the community to develop a strategy for enhanced linkage to care. In Phase 2, all communities will offer community-based testing with enhanced linkage to care. Conducting this cluster-randomized trial will enable us to assess the proportion of women in each community who get cervical cancer screening, the gain in treatment access with enhanced linkage to care, and the cost-effectiveness of the two interventions.

To inform the Phase 2 intervention (and the process of intervention development), we will be conducting in-depth interviews among women who screened positive for HPV but did not follow-up for treatment.  We are looking for a student to help lead the interview implementation and evaluation of the results.  This interview instruments are currently being finalized and will be IRB approved prior to the start of this project.

Contact: Megan Huchko, MD, MPH (Principal Investigator)


The Jamii Bora Study:
A Home-Based Couples Intervention to Enhance PMTCT and Family Health in Kenya, Summer 2016

Despite the potential for anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to ensure maternal health and reduce vertical HIV transmission to as low as 1%, HIV-related maternal deaths and HIV infection among infants remain unacceptably high across sub-Saharan Africa. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) requires a complex series of interventions throughout pregnancy and after birth, and only an estimated 15-30% of eligible women complete this “PMTCT cascade”. Drop-offs can occur in the PMTCT cascade if women refuse HIV testing, do not disclose their HIV status, or avoid essential health services because they fear negative consequences for their relationship with their male partner. Engaging both partners of a couple during pregnancy has the potential to enhance health decisions, increase healthcare utilization, and ultimately improve maternal, paternal, and infant health. The goal of this study is to develop and pilot a home-based couples intervention that includes safe HIV testing and disclosure for couples, alongside information and counseling for family health during the perinatal period. We are currently conducting a pilot study of the home-based couples intervention, in which we are randomizing pregnant women at antenatal clinics in rural Nyanza to the intervention or standard care arms of the study, and following them and their male partners until three months after the expected delivery date of the baby.

During the summer of 2016, students will have the opportunity to help conduct assessments of intervention fidelity and quality for couple home visits, as well as assist with coordination of follow-up interviews.  Afterwards, students can be involved in the data analysis and presentation if desired.  It is also possible to design a sub-study, if sufficient time is allowed to obtain IRB approvals. For example, a UAB medical student went to Kenya in 2014-15 and conducted a sub-study on repeat HIV testing for pregnant women under the umbrella of this study, including in-depth interviews with healthcare providers and abstraction of data from medical records (IRB approval was required).  This student has analyzed the data, has submitted the findings for conferences, and is finalizing a manuscript for publication.

Contact: Janet Turan, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham, Professor of Public Health), ; UCSF mentor: Craig Cohen, MD, MPH,



Understanding mobility and risk in SEARCH communities in western Kenya and Uganda, Summer 2016


Geographic mobility (both migration and also forms of localized mobility that are shorter-term or temporary) is highly prevalent in eastern Africa. Mobility in HIV prevention and care has not been researched sufficiently; there is an urgent need to better understand how mobility affects HIV transmission and how people connect with HIV treatment initially and on an ongoing basis. The first aim of the study is to measure the mobility of individuals in eastern African communities by collecting data on characteristics of migrants including; forms (flows and types of mobility); temporicity (frequency by duration of moves); and geographic aspects (destinations, circuits, transit hubs, and their characteristics); and sexual behavior and biomarkers of sexual risk behavior (e.g. testing for recent exposure to sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea). The second aim of the study is to estimate the impact of mobility on HIV incidence. The third aim of the study is to estimate the impact of mobility on how individuals interact with the HIV medical treatment system, i.e., the HIV care cascade. The study will culminate in the development of treatment options for addressing mobility in HIV prevention and ART delivery strategies, in order to enable these strategies to achieve their full potential.

This is an NIMH-funded five-year study conducted in partnership with the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) trial, a 6-year study in 32 communities in southwestern Uganda, eastern Uganda and western Kenya. The SEARCH trial is designed to test the effectiveness of HIV “Treatment as Prevention” (TasP) for reducing HIV in communities. “Understanding Mobility and Risk in SEARCH communities” will be conducted over the remaining 5 year period of the SEARCH trial to address an urgent need to better understand how mobility affects HIV transmission dynamics and HIV care cascade outcomes. This program of research is collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration in Uganda, and the University of California, San Francisco.

During the summer of 2016, the study will be wrapping up baseline year data collection and conducting the analysis/interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data. Students will have the opportunity to conduct quantitative analysis of baseline year data, engage in community based participatory research (CBPR) efforts for the second year of the study, and begin planning/launching the second year of data collection. There are opportunities for students to conduct both quantitative and qualitative analysis, including the opportunity to develop and finalize a manuscript for publication. This is a unique opportunity to join a team of dynamic social science researchers in a mixed-method study.



Carol Camlin, PhD (Principal Investigator),

or Monica Getahun, MPH (Study Coordinator),



Impact of shifting male gender norms on family planning acceptance and use in western Kenya, Summer 2016

We are seeking a UCSF medical student to collaborate on an exciting mixed methods study among HIV-affected men and women in western Kenya evaluating whether a masculinities-driven intervention improves men’s support for family planning and increases contraception use. This program of research is a collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the University of California, San Francisco. During the summer of 2016, a student will have the opportunity to assist with the design and implementation of the study intervention, which includes family planning education for men, small group workshops, and community campaigns. The student would also likely assist with pilot testing a male FP acceptance scale, facilitating recruitment of study subjects, facilitating conducting a pre-test survey among couples, and implementing the intervention. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, self-directed, and highly collegial. Ideally, s/he should be knowledgeable about gender relations/gender norms/gender equity issues, family planning, HIV, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research experience in low-resource settings is highly valued. And research and/or other work experience in western Kenya would be very highly valued.



Sara Newmann, MD, MPH (Co-Principal Investigator),

Shari Dworkin, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator),



Patient Retention during Rapid Enrollment into HIV Care

To reduce missed opportunities for enrollment into HIV care, patients are now targeted for enrollment into care the same day they are tested for HIV.  This visit includes HIV diagnostics, counseling, clinical assessment, and baseline investigations. At Lumumba Health Center, we have discovered with rapid enrollment some patients disappear in the course of these services and others give the wrong contact information for follow up. To prevent patients from disappearing we instituted an intervention comprised of physical escort to the enrollment bench, fast tracking to reduce wait time, and taking locator information before testing for HIV.  We would now like to evaluate whether this intervention has improved patient retention at enrollment.  A STEP student is needed to help refine the concept including the study design and data capture plans and to help operationalize the implementation of the evaluation.

Contact: Rosemary Shikari, (Lumumba In-charge, Clinical Officer),

UCSF mentor: Craig Cohen, MD, MPH,


Other opportunities may be available within the following two studies:


Scaling up a pregnancy intention toolkit among women living with HIV: Effect on unmet need for family planning

Preventing unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV is essential for improving the lives of women and children, and eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Globally, the unintended pregnancy rate is 38%, but it reaches an estimated 51-90% among women living with HIV in some settings. Pregnancy in HIV-infected women increases morbidity and mortality of the women as well as the morbidity and mortality of the newborns. Fewer unintended pregnancies mean fewer infants born to mothers living with HIV.  Although there has been increased focus on providing reproductive services to HIV patients in Africa, that focus has been almost exclusively on the provision of PMTCT services and not on pregnancy prevention.  The purpose of the development of a pregnancy intention toolkit is to reduce the unmet need for family planning to zero among women living with HIV. This study aims to assess the effect of utilization of the pregnancy intention toolkit on unmet need for family planning among women living with HIV.


Contact: May Maloba (Assistant Technical Advisor PMTCT),

UCSF mentor: Craig Cohen, MD, MPH,



Evaluating the impact of free maternity services on maternal health outcome in Kisumu, Homabay and Migori Counties

Kenya has long suffered from high maternal morbidity and mortality rates. With an estimate of 488 deaths per 100,000 live births, it is still well above the Millennium Development Goals target of 147 deaths per 100,000 by 2015. Pregnancy-related conditions in Africa have been identified as significant causes of deaths in women between the ages of 15-44 years.  An effective strategy for reducing the number of maternal deaths is delivery by a skilled birth attendant.  Low utilization of skilled birth attendants has been attributed to delay in seeking care, delay in reaching a health facility and delay in receiving adequate care. Overall, only 44% of births in Kenya are delivered under the supervision of a skilled birth attendant, well below the target of 90% of deliveries by 2015. Traditional birth attendants continue to assist with 28% of births, relatives and friends with 21%, and in 7% of births, mothers receive no assistance at all. To reduce financial barriers to access, and improve access to and use of skilled maternal and newborn healthcare services, the Kenyan government implemented a new maternal healthcare policy in 2013 that provided free maternity care services in all public and health care facilities. This study aims to evaluate the impact of free maternity services on maternal health outcomes in Kisumu, Homabay and Migori Counties.  It will use a mixed approach for collecting qualitative and quantitative data, involving analysis of county retrospective hospital data, focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interviews (KIIs), and structured field observations.  This study will require approval and development of the research tools. A student could assist in study design and research tool development.


Contact: May Maloba (Assistant Technical Advisor PMTCT),

UCSF mentor: Craig Cohen, MD, MPH,


Global Health Conference April 16-17, 2016

13th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale on April 16-17, 2016, which is the world’s largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference.

Research, program, and Innovation Prize/impact pitch abstracts are currently being accepted. The final abstract deadline is September 30. Also, register during September for a highly reduced registration rate. Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may also be interested in attending or presenting.


Global Health Conference in San Francisco April 9-11th, 2016

In April 2016, come join more than 1,500 global health students, teachers and professionals from more than 50 countries and a wide range of health specialties and industries for 3 days of symposia, workshops and networking opportunities. For more information and to register, visit:

Register now, and join us next spring in San Francisco! In April 2016, come join more than 1,500 global health students, teachers and professionals from more than 50 countries and a wide range of health specialties and industries for 3 days of symposia, workshops and networking opportunities.

For more information and to register, visit:

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS Submission Deadline: November 1, 2015

PANEL PROPOSALS Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2015

AWARDS & RECOGNITION Nomination / Application Deadlines: various


HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students

Seeking African American/Black and Latino/a medical students interested in HIV vaccine research (prior research experience is not required). The development of a safe and effective HIV vaccine is one of the greatest biomedical research challenges of our time. The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is now accepting applications for Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Awards to attract African-American and Latino/a medical students who want to make a difference in their communities and contribute to the development of an effective HIV vaccine.


View attached PDF for full details.


Inflammation, Aging, Microbes and Obstructive Lung Disease (I AM OLD) Study (US and Uganda)

The goal of this study is to investigate the systemic immunologic mechanisms that might affect lung function decline in an HIV+ cohort. Our central hypothesis is that systemic immune activation and inflammation and functional peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) defects characterized by shortened telomeres and elevated telomerase activity contribute to a greater decline in lung function in HIV+ individuals, and that microbial translocation may contribute to this process. Thus, we will enroll HIV+ individuals, measure 12 markers of inflammation and immune activation, telomere length, and telomerase activity, and perform portable spirometry to detect irreversible airflow obstruction.

Name of Organization: (US) HIV/AIDS Division and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF and (Uganda) Mulago Hospital and Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC), Kampala, Uganda

Location of Organization: San Francisco, CA and Kampala, Uganda

Timeframe of Opportunity: Summer 2015 (8 weeks)

Type of Trainees who are eligible: Medical students, Residents & specialty Pulmonary, ID, or HIV/AIDS fellows

Interested trainees should send a CV and a Cover Letter to Laurence Huang MD.


Trauma Life Support Training

While there is a growing burden of injury in low- and middle-income countries, there are limited resources available to medical students and physicians in low-resource settings to learn skills in context specific trauma life support. Research opportunities focused on quality improvement and assessment of long-term outcomes exist surrounding the ongoing trauma life support training course conducted four times per year at Mulago Hospital.

Name of Organization:  Department of Surgery, Makerere University, Mulago Hospital

Location of Organization: Kampala, Uganda

Timeframe of Opportunity: Ongoing, cyclical

Type of Trainees who are eligible: Medical Students, Nursing Students, & Residents

Interested candidates should send a CV to Dr. Catherine Juilliard and Dr. Rochelle Dicker.


Implementing a Comprehensive Registry of Surgical Disease and Operative Management in a Low-Resource Setting

The goal of this ongoing project is to build a surgical registry at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital documenting demographics, diagnosis, clinical care, and outcomes for surgical disease relevant to the regional context. Though surgery is now recognized as a public health issue, limited data exists to guide quality improvement programs in low-resource settings. In Soroti, registry data will be used to characterize volume and the current clinical practice in surgical care. This registry can provide a roadmap for starting quality improvement programming and justify the need for increased resources for surgical care.  There are opportunities for students and residents to design and implement the registry, collect and analyze data, and conduct follow-up surveys.

Name of Organization: Soroti Regional Referral Hospital/Uganda Ministry of Health, UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies

Location of Organization: Soroti, Uganda

Timeframe of Opportunity: Ongoing

Type of Trainees who are eligible: Medical Students, Nursing Students, & Residents.

Interested candidates should send a CV to Dr. Catherine Juilliard and Dr. Rochelle Dicker.


Hepatitis Intern/volunteer based in the HIV, Hepatitis, and STI Unit of the Division of Communicable Diseases

The Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) of World Health Organization is seeking two applicants for an internship in the Hepatitis Program. The Hepatitis Program is a new program (since 2014) residing in the HIV, Hepatitis and STI unit in the Division of Communicable Diseases at the Regional office. The hepatitis intern becomes part of the team, has a WHO email address, and participates as a normal staff member in all meetings and discussions. Our main focus over the coming months resolves around a large regional country and expert meeting on hepatitis to drive the action agenda, including treatment in the region. For this we are preparing data, which we are aiming to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

The hepatitis intern would provide support on 2 levels. Firstly at the region level, specifically through assisting with the upcoming multi-country, multi-stakeholder Regional meeting on hepatitis action. Secondly to assist the hepatitis program to provide technical assistance directly for countries. A key component will be to work with consultants or research groups to develop background documentation and analysis. Peer reviewed publications are encouraged

Further information about WPRO can be found at

Further information about hepatitis in the Western Pacific can be found at

Interested potential applicants should initially contact Dr Nick Walsh, focal point for the hepatitis program in WPRO at  and add a cc to Mylo Schaaf at Mylo.Schaaf


Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) Health Corps Fellows 2015-2016

The Health Corps Fellowship targets medical, nursing or MPH students or recent graduates who wish to gain international experience; as well as college graduates with substantial skills or experience. Individuals with project management, public health, community outreach, research coordination, data management, statistical analysis, IT, scientific writing, and laboratory experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Previous international work experience is highly regarded, but not a requirement. For the 2015-16 fellowships we anticipate selecting 8-10 individuals who will be based in the capital Lusaka, with possible travel to various parts of Zambia. This Health Corps Fellowship provides opportunities to gain field experience in:

Program implementation and management

Clinical trials research

Clinical care quality improvement systems

Data management, analysis and implementation science

Public health communications

Name of Organization: Center for Infectious Diseases in Zambia 

Location of Organization: Lusaka, Zambia

Timeframe of Opportunity: 10-12 months. All accepted Health Corps Fellows must be ready to attend orientation in the last week of July 2015. Fellowships start in August 2015.

Type of Trainees Eligible: Medical, Nursing, MPH Students, & Recent Graduates

Application: Completed applications must be received at  by March 16, 2015.


Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) Student Training Education Program

Student Training Education Program (STEP): This FACES training program for medical students, health professional students, and residents is a collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the University of Nairobi, the University of California San Francisco, and the University of British Columbia. Clinical electives are available at FACES clinics through the Student Training Education Program to medical students who are in their clerkship years of study, and to residents.  There are also research opportunities available through the existing projects. More information for interested students can be found on the webpage here:

Name of Organization: Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES)

Location of Organization: Nyanza Province, Western Kenya

Timeframe of Opportunity: Summer 2015 and beyond (note: some of these opportunities request a 3 – 6 month commitment)

Type of Trainees who are eligible: Medical students, Nursing students, Pharmacy students, Residents


Faculty Contact: Craig Cohen


Cameroon Trauma Registry

The objective of this opportunity is to build a trauma registry documenting demographics, injury context, clinical care, and outcomes for injured patients in six hospitals across Cameroon. Though trauma kills more people annually then HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, limited data exists to guide evidence-based injury prevention and trauma care improvement strategy in low-resource settings. In Cameroon, registry data will be used to identify injury prevention and trauma care improvement strategy in low-resource settings. In Cameroon, registry data will be used to identify injury prevention and trauma care treatment priorities for potential interventions. There are opportunities for students and residents to implement the trauma registry in hospitals, collect and analyze data, conduct follow-up surveys of trauma patients to investigate care-seeking behavior, and conduct follow-up surveys of trauma patients to assess consequences of trauma, including disability and economic effects. Projects may range from short-term (2-3 months) to longer term (6 months to 1 year). Proficiency in French is preferred.

            Please note that all the potential hospital study sites in Cameroon are in the southern half of the country and considered remote from areas of conflict. However Cameroon carries a US State Department Warning. UCSF Policy requires that trainees doing academic work get specific permission from their Dean or program head to travel to countries that carry this warning. Please obtain this permission before applying to RAPtr for funding. If you have any questions, contact your global health advisor.

Name of Organization: Ministry of Health of Cameroon, UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies

Location of Organization: Yaoundé, Cameroon + additional hospital sites

Timeframe of Opportunity: Ongoing project

Type of Trainees who are eligible: Medical students, Nursing students, Residents and Fellows


2014 – 2015

Global Health Fellows Program: The Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva

The call for applications for the 2015 cohort of Global Health Fellows, who will spend the summer in Geneva learning and contributing to global health policy, is now open. This program is intended to prepare future leaders in global health. The Global Health Fellows Program (part of Duke’s Program on Global Policy and Governance), facilitates the placement of students in eight to twelve week internships at one of Geneva’s many intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations. As part of this experience, all Fellows participate in a one-week, intensive course, “Health Policy in a Globalizing World,” packed with expert seminars and complemented by site visits throughout Geneva.

For more information and to apply, visit the Geneva Program on Global Policy and Governance.  


Short term M&E project in Southern India

In Jan/Feb, Dr. Sankaran will be implementing a new server to create an electronic health record for the Tribal Health Initiative. Starting in March, all the pieces for the program will be underway--the village health workers will be trained by nurses to check and record blood pressure values, the clinicians will have had CME about managing hypertension, the electronic tablets will be hooked into the server for monitoring blood pressures on the patients, and the medications will be available for hypertension treatment. The initiative needs to develop an evaluation/monitoring program, for which the intern would lay the foundation. Specifically, the intern would be responsible for:

1) attending the village health workers sessions with the nurses, helping to document what is being taught and incorporating this into our pre-existing hypertension curriculum

2) evaluating/troubleshooting/monitoring the implementation of the server--understanding the issues encountered by the clinical staff, providing simple troubleshooting, and monitoring the data that is generated

3) evaluating and monitoring the entire system, how things are running, what the biggest barriers are, etc.

The work product could result in a research paper about incorporating hypertension/NCD identification and management into a village health worker system for delivering care in a rural underserved part of India. Or the result could be something more concrete and direct, like creation of a modified guide for hypertension for village health workers in India.  There would be formal guidance/mentorship from Regi at the tribal health initiative and Dr. Sankaran.

Site: Tribal Health Initiative - Sittilingi, India

Focus: NCDs/Hypertension

Length of time: Summer (8-10 weeks)


Molecular Epidemiology of Malaria in Uganda

Malaria is a devastating disease worldwide, mostly affecting young children in sub-Saharan Africa.  Fortunately, children in endemic areas, while still susceptible to infection, develop immunity to clinical disease with repeated exposure.  A key piece of information in investigating relationships between exposure, infection, and disease is the dynamics of malaria parasites within the human host.  We are looking for a 3rd or 4th year medical student to work with Bryan Greenhouse and Grant Dorsey during the 2014-15 academic year to generate these data. This mentored experience will consist of a combination of laboratory work and data analysis, with time spent at UCSF and possibly Uganda, depending on the interests of the applicant.  We will work with the applicant on applying for funding, due mid-January 2014.  Experiences with data analysis and laboratory work are helpful but not required; attention to detail and a strong work ethic are essential. Potential applicants should contact Bryan Greenhouse via email.


PRONTO Needs Summer Researchers

The PRONTO  program, headed by UCSF faculty member Dr. Dilys Walker, is looking for graduate or medical students interested in conducting maternal health field research this summer (2014) in Guatemala. Ideal candidates have strong Spanish language skills, both spoken and written (i.e. able to write a scientific paper in Spanish), knowledge of or strong interest in maternal health and childbirth care, a high degree of professionalism, experience in developing country settings, and a taste for adventure (think long, dusty bus rides to remote clinics). We have specific research goals, which involve observing provider practices during childbirth and/or conducting surveys with health care providers and pregnant women. These goals will allow measurement of the impact of an innovative training program in obstetric and neonatal emergency response and other maternal health interventions. Activities can be tailored to meet students’ research goals as well, and we can work with you to ensure that projects meet medical student or graduate-level research/practicum requirements. Candidates must secure their own funding for summer research; we will support your efforts to obtain RAPtr or other funding. For those interested, please send your resume and a brief paragraph describing your interest and language abilities to Dilys Walker and Francesca Holme.


2013 – 2014

Multiple Research Opportunities Available in Kenya

The Family Aids Care and Education Services (FACES) organization in Nyanza Province, Kenya, has a number of exciting opportunities for trainees interested in research during summer 2014. FACES is a UCSF collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute. The research projects range from mapping and texting projects to community case management and family planning issues. Eligible trainees include students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry, as well as residents. The minimum time commitment is 6 weeks, but SOM students who seek funding through RAPtr must make a minimum commitment of 8 weeks. These research opportunities are available on a first come, first served basis, and depend on whether the investigators determine that the trainee is a good fit for their project. Name of contact: Kimberly Bale


Multiple Opportunities for Internships on African Pediatric Project

Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) is a project program of The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). Its main objective is to determine whether trained, supervised and well supplied community health workers in hard-to-reach areas can correctly perform iCCM and increase the proportion of children under 5 years receiving antibiotics for pneumonia, artementher-lumefantrine for malaria, and zinc and oral rehydration therapy for diarrhea by 20% compared to the current standard of care. The goal is to reduce the mortality of children under the age of five. This is an implementation research project that is ongoing with numerous opportunities for internships. Contact Dr. Onono Maricianah if you are interested in this opportunity. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Name of Organization: Kenya Medical Research Institute Location of Organization: Lumumba health center Kisumu. Time Frame of Opportunity: 6 months to one year. Type of Trainees who are eligible: - Medical students - Nursing students - Pharmacy students. Deadline for application: January 30, 2014.


Field study and clinic opportunity in rural Nepal for November, 2013, and possibly longer

This is an ideal opportunity for a 3rd or 4th year medical student or intern/resident to be engaged in clinical and translational fieldwork in rural Nepal. We have a long-standing research study on trachoma in the Southwestern region of the country. Trachoma is a chronic ocular infection caused by Chlamydia and is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world today. We set up rural clinics to examine our study population for trachoma and other ocular diseases as well as to evaluate them for other diseases. We collect various samples that are used to: 1) determine whether serological responses in tears and sera against conserved Chlamydia proteins can be used as reliable indicators of infection and disease status; 2) analyze genomes of Chlamydia to provide important data for vaccine development; and 3) provide surveillance for clinical trachoma and infection after mass drug administration (MDA) that has been sanctioned by the World Health Organization and administered by the Nepali government. Contact: Deborah Dean, MD, MPH, for the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and the National Institutes of Nutrition, Hanoi.


Evaluation of a nutrition intervention on infections and birth outcomes among rural Vietnamese women

The VINAVAC Project is investigating the effect of a small, nutrient-dense meal on 1) birth outcomes and 2) infectious diseases in rural Vietnam - the meal is provided to expecting mothers, prior to and during their first pregnancy while the control group receives standard of care. Primary responsibilities include: conducting and/or facilitating bimonthly health interviews, tracking incidence of UTIs & other infectious disease among our study population, collecting and organizing incoming morbidity data (includes data on infectious diseases), and maintaining the database for these data. The work requires organizational skills, effective communication, self-motivation, patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Available immediately for 1-2 years; Eligible trainees include medical students (preferably between years 3 & 4) or residents (IM or Pediatrics) who are able to commit for a year. For more information, contact Deborah Dean, MD, MPH, for the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and the National Institutes of Nutrition, Hanoi.