Summer 2023 Highlights from the IHI

Take a look into some of our highlights from Summer 2023!

IHI Director Mark Lurie introduces MAPPS: the Center for Mobility Analysis for Pandemic Prevention Strategies

Mark Lurie speaks with the Providence Journal about his new National Science Foundation  (NSF)-funded research that seeks to understand how social mixing and human mobility impact pathogen spread, and how we can target behaviors that facilitate disease transmission while minimizing restrictions on human movement. Read Dr.

New NIH-funded research aims to prevent HIV and intimate partner violence among adolescent boys in South Africa

Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Graduate Program Director for the MSc in Global Public Health Abigail Harrison will serve as a co-Investigator on new research aiming to prevent HIV among South African adolescents.

IHI Core Faculty member, Omar Galárraga, discusses using behavior economics for HIV prevention

The field of behavioral economics acknowledges that humans are not rational decision makers, and may need “nudges” to incentivize improvements in their health behaviors.

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New Brown University research aims to predict, prevent pandemics

Brown School of Public Health epidemiologist Mark Lurie discusses the Center for Mobility Analysis for Pandemic Prevention Strategies, or MAPPS.

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Omar Galárraga Co-PI of Brown COVID-19 Research Seed Fund Award

Fifteen teams of Brown faculty researchers have received a total of $350,000 from the University’s new COVID-19 Research Seed Fund.  Brown established the fund to fast track innovative research proposals that directly address the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards will support research with the potential for significant and rapid impact on  human health and  research that could create products of immediate need for the healthcare system in Rhode Island and the nation. 

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Mark Lurie discusses RI's aggressive testing with the NY Times

Professor Mark Lurie of the Brown University Department of Epidemiology: “Rhode Island is shining a light into the dark in a way that very few other states are doing."

"Rhode Island gives the appearance of a state where the coronavirus is a fire raging, the average number of daily infections more than quadrupling since the start of this month.

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Mark Lurie speaks to The Cut: Has the Coronavirus Peaked in the U.S.?

What is a peak? How do epidemiologists measure it? Why is it important? When will it come? As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, Professor Mark Lurie of the Brown University Department of Epidemiology helps explain the term and its use in understanding the virus.

Read the full article: Has the Coronavirus Peaked in the U.S.?  By Amanda Arnold

Researchers use 21st century genomics to estimate Samoan population dynamics over 3,000 years

A new study, co-authored by Professor Stephen McGarvey, estimating the size of the Samoan population using contemporary genomic data found that the founding population remained low for the first 1,500 years of human settlement, contributing to understanding the evolutionary context of the recent rise in obesity and related diseases.

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Mark Lurie speaks to the NY Times about interpreting coronavirus updates

Professor Mark Lurie of the Brown University Department of Epidemiology on making sense of COVID-19 updates in a NY Time article: “The new cases or deaths each day are given as exact numbers, and we’re trained to take that at face value. But those are far from exact, they’re deeply flawed, and their meaning varies from place to place and from time period to time period.”