Topic: infectious diseases

The Eradicator: Donald Hopkins

August 2013 -- Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, and currently a vice president at the Carter Center, has spent a career helping to eradicate two major tropical diseases. Beginning in the 1960s he helped lead efforts to vaccinate people in Africa and Asia…

Harvard AIDS Initiative: The Movie

November 2013 -- What starts as a story of death and ignorance becomes a chronicle of discovery and success. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Harvard AIDS Initiative created a short video outlining major accomplishments and the work that remains to be…

Infographic: Global burden of disease

Our work is working... The past two decades have seen major progress in global health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study -- an ambitious worldwide project involving Harvard School of Public Health faculty and many others. But as life…

Using cell phone data to curb the spread of malaria

For immediate release: Thursday, October 11, 2012 Boston, MA — New research that combines cell phone data from 15 million people in Kenya with detailed information on the regional incidence of malaria has revealed, on the largest scale so far, how human…

Thomas H. Weller, Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus, dies

For immediate release: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Boston, MA -- Thomas H. Weller, a Nobel Prize winner in 1954 and HSPH Professor Emeritus, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2008. He was 93. Dr. Weller received the Nobel Prize for Medicine with Drs.…

Researchers identify genes causing antimalarial drug resistance

For immediate release: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Boston, MA -- Using a pair of powerful genome-search techniques, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard University, and the Broad Institute have identified several genes that may be implicated in the…

Rethinking Research Biosafety for Potential Pandemic Pathogens

October 2012 -- Laboratory-modified, highly virulent strains of the H5N1 virus were recently developed in such a way that they can be passed from one mammal to another (ferrets), suggesting that the new and potentially dangerous strain might easily be transferrable between…

Vaccinating boys against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) not cost-effective

Cervical Cancer Prevention Efforts Should Prioritize Vaccinating Pre-Adolescent Girls and Continued Cervical Cancer Screening For immediate release: Thursday, October 8, 2009 Boston, MA -- Persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus, is known to be a…