Yale Bulletin and Calendar
October 14 - October 21, 1996
Volume 25, Number 8
Students to describe their research on international health issues
They traveled to countries as far-flung as Madagascar, Poland,
Peru and Vietnam doing research on health concerns ranging from
hookworm infection to childhood pneumonia to the care of AIDS
patients to tuberculosis.
The students from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing who
spent this summer abroad as 1996 Wilbur G. Downs International
Health Travel Fellows will discuss the results of their research
projects on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The event, sponsored by the Committee on International
Health, will begin at 4 p.m. with a poster session in the first-floor
lobby of the Jane Ellen Hope Building, 315 Cedar St. At 5 p.m., three
of the Downs Fellows will discuss their projects in Rm. 110. This will
be followed by a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. The public is
The Downs Fellowships were established in 1966 as a tribute to
Dr. Wilbur G. Downs, a physician and expert on tropical and infectious
diseases, who believed that students should "learn by doing." The
grants support students who undertake research on medical and
public health problems in developing countries. As part of the
fellowship experience, the students experience the unique cultural
characteristics f the country in which they live and work.
This year's Downs Fellows and their research projects are:
- Kathryne Baisley, a student in the department of
epidemiology and public health EPH -- Sero-epidemiology of
Oropouche in a jungle community in the Amazon Basin of Peru.
- Anna Bloxham, a medical school student -- Health-focused
anthropological comparison of the indigent patients and the future
physicians in Bangladesh.
- Kenneth Harris, a medical school student -- Molecular
epidemiology of Myobacterium tuberculosis in Tamil Nadu, India.
- Nora Labiano-Abello, an EPH student -- Pediatric hookworm
infection in northern Argentina and Paraguay.
- Pia MacDonald, an EPH student -- The effects of irrigation on
the incidence of malaria in Sanliurfa Province, Turkey.
- Asifa Nurani, an EPH student -- Perinatal mortality in
maternal homes located in Karachi and Hyderabad, Pakistan.
- Amy Nussbaum, a medical school student -- Management of
childhood pneumonia in children under two in Nuwakot, Nepal.
- Moira O'Neill, a nursing school student -- Feasibility for
home-care services for HIV-AIDS patients in Gdansk, Poland.
- Veronica Pinell, an EPH student -- Malaria, pregnancy and
birth in a rural area of Antsirabe-Miandrivazo in Madagascar.
- Theodore Ruel, a medical school student -- Endosymbiont
infections and associated cyctoplasmic incompatibility in tse-tse flies
- Darcy Thompson, a medical school student -- Clinical testing
of the Chembio Tuberculosis STAT-PAK, a new serological test for
antibodies, in Peru.
- Obinwanne Ugwonali, a medical school student -- Incidence
and risk factors for multiple births in southwestern Nigeria.
- Lara Vu, an EPH student -- Promoting the status of
Vietnamese women: evaluation of a rural district hospital under the
framework of the Vietnam national family planning program.
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