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Harvard researchers develop cheap and compact medical testing device; device being field tested in India

AUGUST 4, 2014–Research scientists in Professor George Whitesides’ lab work to develop diagnostic tools that are low cost, simple to use, and durable enough to withstand conditions in rural areas and the developing world. Alex Nemiroski

Alex Nemiroski, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab, and colleagues have created an inexpensive detector that can be used by health care workers in the world’s poorest areas to monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that now are done by machines costing tens of thousands of dollars. The device, already in field trials in India, costs about $25 to produce, weighs just two ounces, and is about the size of a pack of cigarettes. It was modeled after the latest generation of inexpensive glucose monitoring devices, which are in widespread use, but whose function is limited to testing blood sugar. In addition to conducting the tests, the new device can send data over the lower-tech cellphones common in the developing world to distant physicians, who can text instructions back to researchers, government officials tracking outbreaks, and others.

Read the HARVARDgazette article here. Also, read the Nature article here.

Centennial Fellows Start New DrPH Program on July 1, 2014

Nearly three hundred candidates from the United States and around the world applied to the initial class of the DrPH program. This is the largest number of applications to any degree concentration in the School and by far the most applications to a DrPH degree across accredited schools. The inaugural cohort of fifteen students began the  program on July 1, 2014. Thanks to a generous gift, we have been able to provide substantial financial support to the incoming class, who will be identified as “Centennial Fellows” at HSPH. The Centennial Fellows are an extraordinary group of talented and diverse individuals with both domestic and international experience, representing a broad range of different areas of public health.

Our website, http://hsph.me/drph, will be updated this summer with much more information about program design and development in anticipation of the next round of applications.

Should you have any questions, please be in touch with Frances Newton, DrPH program coordinator (fnewton@hsph.harvard.edu) who sits in Kresge Room G-29, or with Peter Berman at pberman@hsph.harvard.edu.