Mentored Research Experiences
IHI faculty annually mentor several students for global health research experiences. There are more students than there are opportunities, so we are very selective. We seek students with strong scholarly skills, who have taken relevant interdisciplinary global health, epidemiology, biostatistics courses, including independent studies with us, or have had a series of increasingly detailed meetings with us. We seek students who are culturally sensitive and who demonstrate that they are likely to succeed in different and challenging environments. We are happy to provide referrals for global health experiences to other Brown faculty.
- Ida Sahlu - Epidemiology PhD student. Ms Sahlu is working with on longitudinal epidemiologic and geospatial analysis of the role of animals and other ecological influences on schistosomiasis transmission in the Philippines. Her mentor is Prof McGarvey.
Joshua Freeman - a Global Health Scholar in the MPH degree program. Mr Freeman is doing research on family influences on infant feeding pattens in American Samoa in summer 2013 with a mixed methods study of fathers' roles. His mentors are Prof McGarvey and Dr Nicola Hawley of the Diabetes and Weight Control Research Center.
- Maya Balamane - a Global Health Scholar in the MPH degree program. Ms Balamane is doing research on immunological monitoring and CD4 dynamics in patients treated with 2nd line antiretroviral therapy in western Kenya conducting a chart review in 2013 followed by multivariable statistical analyses to improve prediction of failure. Her mentor is Dr Rami Kantor of the Miriam Hospital.
- Shuo Huang - a Global Health Scholar in the MPH degree program. Mr Huang will be in American Samoa in summer 2013 to collect detailed health care system treatment cost data as part of a cost-effectiveness analysis of a community health worker behavioral intervention to improve diabetes control. His mentors are Prof McGarvey and Prof Galarraga.
- Inga Holmdahl and Elizabeth Strait - Class of 2014 undergraduates received a Team UTRA for summer 2013 to conduct research in American Samoa on family influences on infant feeding. Ms. Holmdahl will focus on quantitative analysis of maternal and familial sociodemographic and attitudinal and knowledge influences. Ms Strait will focus on qualitative analysis of maternal knowledge and attitudinal factors. Their mentors are Prof McGarvey and Dr Nicola Hawley of the Diabetes and Weight Control Research Center.
- Hasina Maredia - Class of 2014 undergraduate. With Royce Fellowship support during summer 2013 and academic year 2013-4, Ms Maredia will identify patterns of menstrual dysfunction in Samoan women with a focus on the role of androgens, insulin resistance and diabetes on polycystic ovarian syndrome. Her mentors are Prof McGarvey and Dr Geralyn Lambert-Messerlian of WIHRI.
- James Roose - class of 2014 received a summer 2013 UTRA to conduct genetic epidemiologic analyses of interactions between genetic variants and dietary and physical activity factors on cardiometabolic phenotypes among Samoans. His mentor is Prof McGarvey.
- Justin Batcheller - class of 2014 received a summer 2013 UTRA to conduct spatial analysis of the role of snails and other ecological influences on schistosomiasis transmission in the Philippines.His mentors are Prof McGarvey and Prof Cici Bauer of Biostatistics.
Ideally, students and trainees will contact us early in their programs, so that we can work together through the continuum of field experiences, theses and publications.
Obtaining financial support for foreign experiences is an important part of this process, so it is wise to explore funding possibilties within Brown, including the UTRA program, the Foreign Studies Fellowship, Summer Assistantships for medical students and International Health Travel Scholarships, the Swearer Center and Watson Institute for International Studies .