Topic: infectious diseases

Fighting to end polio in Syria

After helping bring international attention to an emerging polio epidemic in Syria, Annie Sparrow, MPH '04, has been working for the past year to help the country’s medical workers learn to diagnose and treat the disease. An Australian-born physician and professor of…

New molecular target identified for treating cerebral malaria

For immediate release: January 30, 2015 Boston, MA – A drug already approved for treating other diseases may be useful as a treatment for cerebral malaria, according to researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. They discovered a novel link between…

Dangerous pathogen research should be stopped—for good

Research on extremely dangerous pathogens—on “pause” in the U.S. as scientific panels consider whether or not to continue federal funding for such work—should be stopped altogether, says Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at…

A cross-disciplinary approach to eradicating malaria

December 17, 2014 –There is an arsenal of cost-effective tools available to combat malaria but getting people to adhere to treatment regimens can be challenging, said Jessica Cohen, assistant professor of global health, at a symposium focused on “The Last Mile to…

On the Ground: Alumnus Battles the Nightmare in Liberia

As the deadly infection rages through West Africa, Harvard Chan faculty, students, and alumni are waging a counterattack: on the ground, in the lab, on the humanitarian front, and in the political sphere. A special report by Harvard Public Health editor Madeline…

Ebola Update

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event explored the latest news on Ebola outbreaks, vaccine testing, treatment trials, hospital preparedness, funding efforts and lessons learned.

Simple preventive measures may help stem Ebola

December 5, 2014 – The rush to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in the last few months has generated years’ worth of new information about the previously little understood infectious disease, including simple but effective prevention measures, according to Lindsey…

A wide-angle view of global health

Humanity has made huge achievements in health, but has a long way to go. That’s the message in an article by Harvard School of Public Health’s David Bloom in the December 2014 issue of Finance & Development (F&D)—the quarterly magazine of the…

The state of AIDS

December 1, 2014 -- The first World AIDS Day was December 1, 1988. That same year, the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI) was established to help end the epidemic. Max Essex, the Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences…