|Feature on Faculty Research Initiatives|
As part of the effort to promote collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill, Peking University, and other major universities in China, Dr. Marisa Domino, Associate Professor of health economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the UNC School of Public Health traveled to Beijing and Chengdu, China in July 2007 to meet with researchers to establish a collaborative arrangement to conduct mental health services research in China. The trip was funded by the SPH Office of Global Health Fogarty-funded UNC Framework Program in Global Health.
As a result of her meetings, Dr. Domino and her Chinese colleagues will conduct two small-scale studies as a start to the collaboration. One project will involve using inpatient medical charts from the previous 20 years, examining 40-50 randomly selected inpatient episodes in each of three years for diagnoses, lengths of stay, insurance status, and treatments received. The data will be collected by psychiatric residents of the hospital and overseen by Dr. Wei (Wilson) Zhang of Peking University. The analysis will be conducted at UNC by Dr. Domino and a HPAA doctoral student.
A second research study developed during Dr. Domino's visit will be a brief patient survey of individuals receiving outpatient treatments in order to describe treatments received, insurance coverage, interaction with the primary care system, and burden of disease. An original survey will be developed for this study, headed by Dr. Zhang.
These two small-scale pilot projects are intended for the research team to gain experience with the patient population and data, and for the research team to build synergy.
Dr. Domino sees several benefits from her trip to China over the summer. As a start, this is one of the first concrete research projects proposed for the on-going collaboration that has been established between UNC and Peking University, an initiative endorsed by Chancellor James Moeser. As well, Dr. Domino learned that the Chinese collaborators are very welcoming of research projects and have data that is available for research. The pilot studies are the first step towards funded research projects that would be initiated by UNC. Finally, as a researcher who has focused on domestic health care projects, largely because of data availability, this trip has allowed Dr. Domino the opportunity to build on the work she has conducted in the U.S. and expand her focus to an international setting.
Carolina Public Health describes the School of Public Health's work in Malawi, as well as other global health projects.
Dr. Steven Meshnick is a professor of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Meshnick has been working in Malawi since 1996 where he is a visiting Professor at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. He travels to Malawi frequently to teach and conduct research. He is PI of a Fogarty grant which trains Malawians in Infectious Disease epidemiology both at UNC and in the University of Malawi's MPH program. Dr. Meshnick's research interest is in the use of molecular tools to understand the pathogenesis of malaria and HIV in pregnant women, and the epidemiology of drug-resistant malaria and pneumocystis. In Malawi, he has carried out both observational studies and clinical trials on malaria in pregnant women. Recent observations from his group include observations that mother-child microtransfusions and maternal syphilis are risk factors for mother-to-child transmission of HIV. He and others have recently demonstrated that Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PcP) is uncommon in Malawi. Recently, his group has developed and applied new methods for the detection of antimalarial drug resistance. In addition to Malawi, Dr. Meshnick's group works in the DR Congo, Thailand and Cambodia.
The Malawi-Carolina Summer Public Health Institute, based in the SPH Office of Global Health, is held in Blantyre, Malawi, during the summer each year. Funding is provided by the Fogarty-funded programs the UNC Partnership in Global Health and the UNC-University of Malawi Fogarty Infections Disease Epidemiology Training Program Additional funding is provided through the UNC-Duke GSK Global Health Project, funded by the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.
The UNC Project in Lilongwe, Malawi organized and directed by the UNC School of Medicine encompasses much of the ongoing work throughout the rest of the country.
Dr. Villaveces conducts injury prevention research in Colombia. The purpose of this project is to conduct a study of the built environment in two metropolitan areas of
|Last updated April 17, 2013|